No Excuse Testing Vocabulary words


list in steps
Trace your steps back to the place you left it last on Thursday.
break apart
Please analyze the question carefully.
read bewtween the lines
You infer when you read any book.
drawing conclusions
a form of inference in which the reader gathers information, considers the general thoughts or ideas that they get from the information, and comes to a decision.
With a pencil and a piece of paper, write down the conclusion you came up with on line eleven of your paper.
Almost; for the most part; nearly.
My homework is mostly done except for number 26.

For the most part; chiefly; primarily.
The band's members are mainly girls.

to judge
Be sure and evaluate your answers.

Formulate the equation.

tell how
Please explain how you got that answer.

Not alike; dissimilar; not identical.
I didn't recognize her at first because her hair was so different.

The bottom support of anything; foundation; basis.
He based his answer on the dictionary definition.

The listing of things by some characteristic, eg., first letter; size, color, age.
The student names were listed in alphabetical order.

The portion of written matter dealing with one idea, usually beginning with an indentation on a new line.
The paragraph had an excellent topic sentence.

Regular; typical or everyday activity
Singing is part of the routine in Mr. Taylor's class on Thursday.

A person who talks or is talking.
Mrs. Meadors was the speaker at the school assembly.

most likely
Best chance of happening; highest probability.
If you don't do your homework, you will most likely get into trouble in Mrs Rodriguez's class.

The theme or the moral of the story.
With a pencil and paper, please write down the lesson learned or the theme of the story.

Likening; reviewing similarities.
There is no comparison between an umpire and a coach.

To tell about; to list important characteristics; to draw a picture to represent something.
Please describe Donna Wernecke Elementary School on a typical Thursday.

The reason for doing something; the reason something exists or is done, made, used, etc.
The purpose of the article, "Pets for the Blind", is written in pencil to inform us of how pets are used to help blind people. 
Pluto is no longer a planet, according to a new definition.

Something that happens; an occurrence, especially one of importance.
The UIL competiotion is a big event at Donna Wernecke Elementary School.

A part that is cut off or separated; a part of a book or newspaper.
Mary likes to read the sports section in the newspaper.

Setting forth facts, etc., in a speech or writing; a single sentence or assertion.
Mrs. Meadors issued a statement about the school performance at the last fire drill.

main idea
The most important thought of a paragraph, article, or  larger written work.
The topic sentence expresses the main idea.
To look at two or more objects to see how they are alike and different.
Mark asked the class to compare Texas and Wyoming.

To identify the differences between two or more things.
Mrs. Rodriguez asked the class to contrast the Harry Potter and Mark characters.

Used to identify the best of three or more objects, people, etc.
The Sharyland Rattler, the greatest football team, beat the Donna Redskins.

A statement, picture in words, or account that tells us how something looks, sounds, smells, thinks, etc.
Kayla gave a description of the speeding car to the police.
Descibe your answer in full detail.

Thought about or decided upon with care.
Mary considered whether or not to have a soda with her lunch.

To put things in order; people in a group with structure, e.g., a union or sports team.
It's easier to find something in an organized backpack than one with everything thrown in.

To put in order; to put individual items into some order.
Mrs. Rodriguez organizes her class by assigning groups.

A basis or cause for some belief, action, event, etc.
The reason given most often for not having a journal in class is that it was left in a car.

On the condition or understanding; often with that.
You will avoid problems in Mr. Taylor's class, provided you do your homework and behave in class.

To keep from happening; to stop.
Preventing war is the goal of many people.

To stand for; to present a picture to the mind.
A student was chosen to represent the class in the school council meeting on Thursday, May 26th.

Chooses; settles.
My mother decides what we're going to have for dinner on Wednesday.

The subject of a composition; the lesson learned.
I was wondering what the them was of the movie "11".

The past tense of present; to give; to hand over.
Winners of sports tournaments are usually presented with trophies.

Two or more words in a sentence which act together as a unit.
Long sentences contain several phrases.

turning point
The place in a story where a decisive change occurs; a change of direction.
The turning point in the story was the car accident that happened on a Wednesday.

Single items that represent a group of similar items; a pattern or model.
There are several examples of good behavior in Mrs. Rodriguez's class.

To foretell the future; declare of tell in advance.
Mark  predicted that Kentucky would win the NCAA basketball tournament, but the umpire messed up.

The reason something happens; the reason for an action.
Mark said, "You can cause a forest fire if you don't make certain your camp fire is out."

Result; to produce results.
"We do not know how much effect that CO2 produced by man has on the climate today or 11 years from now," Mark said.

To be unlike; to disagree in opinion or belief.
Students often differ with the grades they've been given.

A piece of writing about a specific topic; an individual item.
Mrs. Saldana asked the class to write an article with their pencil about the changes in school requirements.

A shortened version of a book, article, or paragraph which includes only the most important ideas.
Mary has to write a summary about the main idea for  chapter eleven in the book she is reading.

Usually a line drawing to illustrate a mathematical idea, or to explain the parts or operation of something.
A diagram usually helps explain the answer to the science problem on number 26.

Orders; directions; passing on knowledge or information.
Mrs. Cuellar gave instructions on Tuesday on the required Read and Response format.

Instructions; the path to follow; steps to complete a project.
Many students do not follow the science report directions.

Likely; more likely than not.
If you do not do your homework, Mrs. Smith will probably talk to your parents on Tuesday.

A small, individual part; an item.
Mary, A summary must include a topic sentence and five sentences with details about the topic sentence.

Holds up; justifies; provides a foundation for.
Mrs. Davis supports reading improvement by assigning challenging books to her class.

A work or group of words naming something; a division of the school year.
There is a Latin term for each part of the human body.

A statement of the meaning of a word or phrase.
You sometimes have to use the Oxford English Dictionary to find the definition of a word.

Near;  close by.
The students closely followed each other out of the classroom when the fire alarm rang.

look at it closely; look into
Mrs. Rodriguez says you must examine the story very carefully to understand it.

comparing 2 things
hot:cold as north:south 
daughter:Kayla as son: Marc

an expression that has a different meaning
Off the top of my head
green thumb
I'm all ears

a short but memorable saying that holds some imortant fact considered true by many people
I told Mark, an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
The grass is greener on the other side.

Look before you leap.

Literal Question - knowledge level, fact based question
Interpretive question - may have more than one answer
Evaluative question - asks for an opinion