SAT Vocabulary Questions Gone! Hooray! But…not so fast

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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A fleeting dream it was, too, that in the redesigned SAT, vocabulary would play a considerably diminished role. We have often noted in our work with students that the average high schooler’s vocabulary leaves room for improvement. So while a student may be inclined to believe that the redesigned test a year from now will be less onerous from the vocab standpoint, in actuality we haven’t observed that. Rather, we note the reappearance of familiar SAT-vocabulary words ― at least in the sample Reading Test just released by the College Board. Their use is conspicuous, though constrained in the sense that these challenging words appear in both the reading passages and questions, rather than in the current “sentence completion” format.

The College Board’s canon regarding vocabulary has always been based upon the belief that a lack of word knowledge will stymie a student entering college. We agree, and continue to suggest, as we always have, that students develop and maintain a reading and vocabulary-building “habit,” what will certainly prove to be their most important student attribute as an undergraduate, no matter what the student studies in college.

Well, we’ve used half a dozen “new SAT” words thus far in this blog. Think you can spot them? We haven’t tried to be too cryptic. Here are sixteen more that we’ve gleaned from the practice SAT and PSAT questions just released by College Board. How’s your knowledge?

Ambivalence

Induced

Astute

Inquisitor

Confide

Maxim

Criterion

Misdemeanor

Epic

Poignancy

Gaiety

Reverberation

Gridlock

Siphon

Gyre

Vivacious

 

 


Topics: SAT Test Test-Prep

 

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