There is a solution.
I always love sharing things that will make your testing life easier, and Membean is just the ticket, let me tell you.
What is it?
Membean is a website that offers full vocabulary acquisition. It provides a simple, engaging way to learn a mound of vocabulary before the big day. And when I mean engaging, I'm not talking dancing puppets on sticks or rock stars belting vocab words: this site will hook you. I tried to get off three times and couldn't.
It works by engaging your whole mind when presenting a new vocabulary word. You'll hear the word spoken, see photos and videos related to the word, view the etymology and wordmap, read it in contextually applicable sentences and in real news articles, and have the ability to store it for more work later.
To see what I mean, you just have to try it with some sample words:
See? Cool, huh? Teachers (the good ones) have been using these strategies for years, and it's fantastic to see that some test prep companies are actually consulting educators to create products.
Thanks to Kenneth Beare, About.com's guide to ESL, for sending the site my way!