By Meredith Crawford
Unequivocal. Conflagration. Diatribe. Protean. Emphatic. Moribund. Fastidious. Erudite. Attest. Tenacious.
How many of these words can you define? If the answer is five or fewer, it’s time to start building your vocabulary for the vocab-driven critical reading portion of the SAT test, says Sam Rosensohn, founder and owner of Connecticut-based SAT-prep provider College Planning Partnership.
|Sam Rosensohn, SAT Prep Expert|
But don’t worry-building your vocabulary doesn’t have to be difficult. Just follow these five simple steps Sam offers, and you’ll be well on your way to improving your score.
Five Ways to Build Your Vocabulary for the SAT Test
· 1. “Purchase The Official SAT Study Guide issued by the College Board. There are 10 official SAT practice tests in this book. Look up all the words you don’t know. The test uses the same words over and over: didactic, pragmatic, and munificence (instructive, practical, and generosity) are three of the tests favorite words, and there's a good chance you’ll see them.”
2. “Take your vocabulary tests at school very seriously. More and more schools are linking their vocab tests to the SAT. Create flashcards for the words that give you difficulty.”
3. “When doing your homework, look up words you don't know and create more flashcards--remember 15 words that unlock the correct answers are the difference between 650 and 800.”
4. “Go to Collegeboard.org and sign up for the Question of the Day. Every three days there is a sentence-completion question that will test your vocabulary and give you new words to add to your growing vocab list.”
5. “Make vocab cards. Take all the new words you learn each day and put them on vocab cards that you made. Each night before you retire go over all of your words. Put the words that you miss in a different pile. Take those cards with you to school the following day and review them when you have a down moment: on the bus, waiting for a friend, and between homework assignments after you return from school and settle in to do that night’s work. Then, before you go to sleep, mix all your cards up and test yourself. Take the cards out that you missed and do the same drill during your downtime the following day as well as adding new cards to the mix.”