Ch 1: TACHS: Vocabulary Practice

About This Chapter

Brush up on your vocabulary skills in order to prepare for the TACHS exam. The lessons in this comprehensive, easy-to-use study guide will help you to face the questions on the exam with confidence.

TACHS: Vocabulary Practice - Chapter Summary

As you prepare for the TACHS exam, refresh and build your working vocabulary using the lessons in this chapter. You will review the following information as you work through the videos:

  • Learning new words and using them correctly
  • Using a dictionary, thesaurus or other source
  • Parts of speech: their functions and usage
  • The relationships between words
  • Using context to determine meaning
  • Using synonyms and antonyms correctly
  • Using prefixes, suffixes and roots to determine meaning
  • Understanding denotation and connotation

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TACHS: Vocabulary Practice Objectives

The TACHS is an admissions test required by many Catholic high schools. It examines a student's proficiency in language arts, math, reading and general reasoning skills. The lessons in our Vocabulary Practice chapter align with the competencies tested in the reading section of the test.

The TACHS is a paper-based test with 200 multiple-choice questions. You will need to bring two sharpened #2 pencils with you. The vocabulary section of the reading subarea contains a total of 20 questions. You will be required to select the correct answer to each question from the list of possible responses given.

11 Lessons in Chapter 1: TACHS: Vocabulary Practice
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Strategies for Acquiring and Using New Vocabulary

1. Strategies for Acquiring and Using New Vocabulary

In this lesson, we will discuss methods for growing our vocabulary and putting the new words into practice. We will also learn how to discover the meaning of words based on the context, the surrounding information.

Using Reference Materials for Vocabulary

2. Using Reference Materials for Vocabulary

In this lesson, we will explore various reference materials that will allow you to increase your vocabulary. Common reference materials include dictionaries, glossaries, and thesauruses.

What Are Nouns? - Definition, Types & Examples

3. What Are Nouns? - Definition, Types & Examples

A noun is a part of speech that identifies a person, place, thing, or idea. In this lesson, in addition to learning how to identify nouns, you'll learn the difference between proper and common nouns and a bit about how nouns function in sentences.

What is a Verb? - Definition & Conjugation

4. What is a Verb? - Definition & Conjugation

In this lesson, you'll learn what a verb is and how to conjugate verbs correctly to make your writing more interesting. Take a look at some examples to help you understand verb conjugation.

Modifier: Examples & Definition

5. Modifier: Examples & Definition

In this lesson, we will explore the role of the modifier in the English language. You will learn how boring sentences would be without modifiers such as adjectives and adverbs. After the lesson, test yourself with a quiz.

Comparison of Adjectives & Adverbs: Examples, Sentences & Exercises

6. Comparison of Adjectives & Adverbs: Examples, Sentences & Exercises

Adjectives and adverbs are descriptive words that allow our sentences to be much more specific and interesting than they would be without them. This lesson covers the rules for using adjectives and adverbs correctly, including those used in comparisons.

Understanding Words By Their Relationships

7. Understanding Words By Their Relationships

Many words in the English language have multiple meanings. To really understand a word, we have to understand the relationship between particular words. In this lesson, we will examine this through connotations, denotations, synonyms, and analogies.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

8. Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

In this lesson, you will learn how readers use prior knowledge, context clues and word structure to aid their understanding of what they read. Explore these strategies through examples from literature and everyday life.

What Are Synonyms & Antonyms? - Definition & Examples

9. What Are Synonyms & Antonyms? - Definition & Examples

We use synonyms and antonyms in language usually without even noticing. Watch this video lesson to see examples and learn how to use each effectively for communication.

Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words

10. Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words

In this lesson, we will learn how to understand the meaning of words by breaking them down into the parts that form them. This requires knowledge of the Greek and Latin roots, and affixes, which are parts we add to roots to make new words.

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

11. What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

Discover the difference between a word's denotation and its connotation in this lesson. Explore how authors use both denotation and connotation to add layers of meaning to their work with some literary examples.

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