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Vocabulary for College

Carlton, Sydell T.; Diederich, Paul B.
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ETS Research Memorandum
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Ford Foundations's Fund for the Advancement of Education, College Preparation, High Schools, Vocabulary Development, Workbooks


This synopsis describes Vocabulary for College, Books A, B, C, D, for grades 9-12 and college freshman, a series of programmed workbooks and test booklets covering 976 words of high frequency in general reading that were missed by 30 to 60 percent of college freshmen in vocabulary tests. Each workbook has about 200 pages and is accompanied by a test booklet of about 50 pages and by a Teacher's Manual of 30 pages. They were written by Paul B. Diederich and Sydell Terris Carlton of Educational Testing Service. June Springford Papale of the Peck School, Morristown, New Jersey, and Napoleon J. Papale of Seton Hall University were coauthors of Book A. An earlier edition in two larger volumes (I and II) was published by Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., in 1964 and 1965 but proved to be too long to fit the time available for vocabulary study and too expensive to fit school budgets for supplementary material. The revised edition in four volumes, issued by the same publisher in 1967, breaks up the two earlier volumes into three (Books B, C, D) and provides a new volume for Grade 9 (Book A).

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