Academic English contains lots of long complicated words. The TOEFL and IELTS reading sections may contain words that you don't immediately recognize, but you can work out their meanings by learning about these two effective strategies.
1. Understand how words are structured
2. Learn some of the Latin and Greek meanings
These strategies will help you to quickly build up your academic vocabulary. The best part about this approach is that if you've studied any science subjects then you will already know a lot of Latin and Greek meanings!
Here are some study tips to help:
NOTE: Not all words will have a prefix AND a suffix
As you learn new vocabulary, start to recognize the different parts of the words. Use a good reference source and learn a few of the more common Greek and Latin meanings. This is a very effective way to build your vocabulary for TOEFL and IELTS.