Every year, millions of high school students study for the SAT with hope of scoring high enough to get into their dream college. Since its creation in 1926, the SAT has undergone many changes. The current version has a maximum score total of 1600. Up to 800 points can be scored on the math section, which has an average score of 531. The other half of an SAT score is called evidence-based reading and writing. It is a combination of the reading and writing sections and has an average score of 536.
For the reading at writing sections, test takers are expected to know thousands of words or at least be able to infer the meaning from context clues. Some words found are the test are fairly common. For example, high school students probably hear abbreviate, abstinence, hypothesis and superficial on a regular basis. Other words are not as commonly used. Some examples of those words are querulous, prosaic and deleterious. If you do not know what those last three words mean, they mean irritable, dull and harmful respectively.
While the SAT can be nerve-racking, studying the vocabulary words that are known to make frequent appearances on the exam can ease some of those nerves. Are you ready to dive into the world of SAT vocabulary? Then, dive right in to this quiz!
Alias entered English in the 15th century. It became a noun in the early 1600s. It is derived from the Latin word "alius."
The word virtuoso was borrowed from Italian. Its first use in English was in the 1600s. In English, virtuoso can be pluralized as virtuosos or virtuosi.
In the 1200s, quaint meant expert or skilled. Synonyms for quaint's current meaning include eccentric, offbeat, peculiar and quirky.
Pithy entered English in the 1500s. Synonyms include laconic, concise and succinct.
Nadir comes from Arabic. It is derived from an Arabic word that means "opposite."
Circumvent derives from the Latin word "circum," which means "circle." The second part of the word comes from "ventus," which means "to come."
Tangential is from geometry. A geometrical tangent is a straight line that touches a curve at a single point.
Ubiquity was first used in the 1700s. The form ubiquitous made its first appearance in the 1830s.
Rife has had the same meaning for its 900-year history. The word comes from Old English.
Abscond comes from the Latin "abscondere," which means "to hide away." Synonyms include flee and escape.
English adopted admonish from the Vulgar Latin "admonestare," which means to warn. Synonyms include rebuke, reprimand and chide.
Voluminous can mean numerous or be used to describe something with a large volume. It can also be used to describe a long speech or piece of writing.
Meager entered English from Anglo-French. Synonyms for meager include scant and sparse.
Languid can also mean slow or listless. It is derived from "languidus," which is Latin for to languish.
Inherent comes from the Middle English "enheren," which means belong. Synonyms include inborn, intrinsic and essential.
Ostentatious was adapted from the Latin word for "display." Synonyms for ostentatious are conspicuous, pretentious, gaudy, loud and over the top.
Enigma comes from the Greek word "ainigma." Synonyms for enigma are mystery, riddle and puzzle.
In the 1560s, plausible gained its current meaning. It originally meant that something was applause-worthy.
In the 1780s, unequivocal took the meaning unambiguous. Synonyms include apparent, distinct and evident.
In the 16th century, allusion was borrowed from Latin. In Latin, "alludere" means "to refer to" or "to play with."
In Anglo-French, "haut" meant high. Synonyms for haughty include arrogant and overbearing.
Ambiguous was borrowed from Latin. The original Latin word is "ambigere," which means undecided. Synonyms for ambiguous are cryptic and vague.
Ornate was first recorded in the 1600s. It was passed down from Middle English where the word was "ornat."
Docile can mean easily taught or submissive. It comes from "docere," which is the Latin word for "to teach."
In the late 1800s, phobic was first used. It comes from the Greek "-phobia."
English gained supplant in the 14th century. A few synonyms for supplant are replace, displace, and supersede.
In the late 1770s, flabbergast was first used. Dumbfounded, astonished, and amazed are all synonyms for flabbergasted.
Phlegmatic goes back to the ancient Greeks. It refers to the four bodily fluids that controlled temperaments. The other four were blood, black bile, and yellow bile.
Warped can be used as a verb or a noun. Synonyms include deformed and distorted.
An amalgam is an alloy of mercury and another metal or a mixture of different elements, such as music. Fusion, blend, and admixture are all synonyms of amalgam.
In Middle English, "valour" meant "worthiness" or "bravery." Bravery, daring, guts, and heroism are synonyms for valor.
Originally, insipid meant lacking taste. Synonyms for the modern definition of insipid are vapid, banal, and inane.
In the 1800s, archaic was first used. Obsolete, outdated, outmoded, and passe are other words that share a meaning with archaic.
Egotism entered English in the early 18th century. It refers to the practice of talking about oneself too much and an exaggerated sense of self-importance.
The first document use of novice was in the 1500s. It comes from the Old French word for "inexperienced person."