The Word “Facilitate” – TOEFL Vocabulary
(It’s Transformations + Meaning & Usage)
(Unique Word-Transformation & Functional TOEFL Vocabulary)
The word “Facilitate”, and it’s various transformations is the next in the series of “Unique Word Transformation” TOEFL Vocabulary. For a full description about the different types of TOEFL Vocabulary, you can read the blog post I wrote on that subject here.
In addition to being “Unique Word Transformation” Vocabulary, at least two of this word‘s transformations also qualify as Functional TOEFL Vocabulary.
1. (to) “Facilitate” & (a) “Facilitator”
To Make Easier – To Help – To Assist
It is possible that the word “Facilitate” will be on the exam or in one of the questions, but if it does appear in the exam, and is not one of the vocabulary questions, then it will be assumed that the test-taker will already know the word.
If, however, it DOES appear as one of the vocabulary questions, it will be presented in a way that one should be able to determine the meaning through context. But as you are reading this now, you will not have to worry either way. 😉
A Helper – A Person Who Assists A Group – Someone Who Presides Over Some Action
“Each TOEFL testing center will have a facilitator who is there to answer questions you may have about taking the exam, and can help you if you experience any technical difficulties.”
2. (a/the) “Facility” / “Facilities”
The Ability To Do Something – The Tools To Do Something – The Place Where Something Is Done
Referring To The Place:
Referring To Ability:
The word “facility” is a Functional TOEFL Vocabulary Word because – though as an Abstract Noun it is referring to: “the ability and ease of being able to do something”.
Referring To Some “Tool”:
Another common usage, however, is in the Concrete Noun form, to refer to either the physical tools (computers/headphones/microphones/etc.) that one needs to do something, or the place in-which something is done.
“Each TOEFL testing center should be equipped with all of the necessary facilities to ensure that your testing-experience is worth the vast sum of money that you will have to pay for the exam.” – (here, referring to the tools needed)
“Because the TOEFL iBT Exam is so expensive – if you have more than one option for a place to take the exam – it is a good idea to visit the testing facility before you register there. In this way, you can choose the best one.” – (here, referring to the place)
The Bathroom – WC – Toilet – Restroom – The “John” – The “Shitter” – The place where one “*does their business” 😀
“Since there is only a ten-minute break in the middle of the exam, there might not be enough time to use ‘the facilities’ if everyone is trying to go at the same time. This is why it is very important that one ‘does their business’ before-hand. Furthermore – for the same reason – it is not a good idea to drink a lot of water during the exam.”
*”Doing (One’s) Business” is a humorous colloquial idiom use to refer to what a person does in “the facilities” 😀
Besides being the plural version of the word “Facility” it is also very common (at least in American English) that this word is used as a more “formal” way of referring to…
There you go. I hope that this post will facilitate you to have the facility to be confident when going to the testing facility on exam-day. Just remember to ask the facilitator for help if you are having any difficulties with any of the facilities (like the computer/microphone/headphones/etc..)… And don’t forget to use The facilities before you start the exam.
Have An Excellent Day!