Between tanning at the beach and relaxing by the pool, summer is the ideal time to strengthen your vocabulary as you relax and soak up some sun. Having a strong vocabulary becomes necessary when preparing for the reading and writing passages on the SAT. Many advanced, college-level words will appear in the multiple-choice and sentence completion questions, so it helps to become familiar with the majority of words. Here’s a list of popular SAT key terms that you should add to your repertoire:
Example: The monk lived an ascetic life deep in the wilderness, denying himself all forms of luxury.
Example: She beseeched him to give her a second chance, but he refused.
Example: The choleric principal raged at the student arriving late to school.
Example: The congressmen held a colloquy to determine how to proceed with the environmental legislation.
Example: When scientific authorities claimed that all the planets revolved around the Earth, Galileo, with his superior understanding of the situation, showed demur.
Example: Maggie tried to live her life by the dictum “Two wrongs don’t make a right.”
Example: Penicillin was one of the most efficacious drugs on the market when it was first introduced.
Example: The new secretary evinced impressive typing and filing skills.
Example: Diana felt nauseous at the sight of the rich, fulsome dishes weighing down the table at the banquet.
Example: The assistant importuned her boss with constant requests for a raise and promotion.
Example: Even though a cease-fire had been in place for months, the two sides were still inimical to each other.
Example: Irish wakes are a rousing departure from the lugubrious funeral services most people are accustomed to.
Example: The river was shallow enough for the riders to wade across, which obviated the need for a bridge.
Example: The journalist eagerly recorded the palaver among the football players in the locker room.
Example: The actress’s perfidious companion revealed all her intimate secrets to the gossip columnist.
Example: Rather than admit that he had overslept again, the employee prevaricated, claiming that traffic made him late.
Example: Rita hoped that the fresh mountain air would have a salubrious effect on her health.
Example: The society hostess was famous for throwing parties that scintillated and impressed every guest.
Example: Louis, a timorous boy, often relied on his older sisters to act for him whenever aggressive behavior was called for.
Example: In a traditional Confucian society, the young venerate the older members of their village, and defer to the elders’ wisdom.
Studying during the summer may seem tedious, so try making a study group with a few classmates and casually go over a set of key terms each day. Set some time aside for studying these terms with physical flashcards or making a Quizlet. Next, practice these terms with sentence completion exercises, then apply the vocabulary knowledge and make a game with a study group. For example, within 7 minutes, students in groups of 4-5 will use as many vocabulary terms they can think of in a conversation; this exercise can make it easier to use the vocabulary as a part of everyday speech. Before a new school year, students now take the lead on studying for SAT vocabulary and successfully preparing for various types of questions.