Terri of Prepped and Polished tells you the importance of knowing word parts to understand unfamiliar vocabulary.

Today, I’m gonna tell you what you need to know about word parts so you can boost your score on synonyms on both the SSAT and ISEE, analogies on the SSAT, and sentence completions on the ISEE. Knowing what word parts mean, prefixes, suffixes, roots, and stems is key to deciphering unfamiliar vocabulary. Let me show you what I mean.

So this is how some word parts can work for you. For example, “bene” is a Latin prefix that means good. These three words all have “bene” in them: beneficial means helpful, benevolent means good-hearted, and benediction means blessing, good words. Even if you didn’t know the meaning of these three words, you know that “bene” is positive, so that could actually help you to eliminate some incorrect answers. You could eliminate negative answers.

If you memorize some common word parts that may show up on the SSAT or ISEE, you’ll be ahead of the game. And there’s many lists available for you to study. You know, if you demonstrate a rich vocabulary, schools will consider you a prospect for success.

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