SAT VOCABULARY PREP
TEST: Spring 2017

The Critical Reading Section of the SAT has both a reading comprehension component and an SAT vocabulary component. The sentence completion questions, which ask you to select a word from a multiple choice list, test your knowledge of the definition of common words. Certain SAT vocabulary words are tested over and over again in the sentence completion questions.  By learning these frequently tested words, you are increasing the odds of knowing the vocabulary required of you on test day. The 100 words below are a great starting point to help improve your SAT vocabulary words.

  • Tips for Learning SAT Vocabulary Words

Learning SAT vocabulary words can be difficult. Here are some tips to help learn these 100 words, and any other SAT vocabulary words you may come across in the future.

  • Make flashcards with unfamiliar words
  • Use new vocabulary words in a sentence
  • Make a tape recording of yourself reading the word and the definition
  • List the words in groups of positive, negative and related word
  • AV SAT Prep Words for your SAT Test Spring 2017

    Freshmen / 9th Grade

      1. abate: lessen, reduce, or remove
      2. abdicate: give up a position
      3. aberration: something unusual, different from the norm 
      4. abhor:  to really hate  
      5. abstain: to refrain from doing something  
      6. adversity: hardship, misfortune  
      7. aesthetic: pertaining to beauty  
      8. amicable: agreeable  
      9. anachronistic: out of the context of time, out of date 
      10. arid: very dry 
      11. asylum: sanctuary, place of safety 
      12. benevolent: friendly, helpful  
      13. bias: a prejudice towards something or against something 
      14. boisterous: enthusiastic, loud 
      15. brazen: bold 
      16. brusque: short, rude 
      17. camaraderie: togetherness, trust, group dynamic of trust 
      18. canny: careful 
      19. capacious: very large, spacious 
      20. capitulate: surrender 

    Sophomores / 10th Grade

      1. clairvoyant: can predict the future 
      2. collaborate: work together 
      3. compassion: sympathy 
      4. compromise: meeting in the middle, settling differences 
      5. condescending: patronizing 
      6. conditional: contingent upon something else, contingent upon 
      7. conformist: someone who follows the majority 
      8. convergence: coming together 
      9. deleterious: harmful 
      10. demagogue: rabble-rousing leader 
      11. digression: straying from main point 
      12. diligent: hard-working, dedicated 
      13. discredit: dishonor someone, prove something untrue 
      14. disdain: to regard with scorn 
      15. divergent: moving apart, going in different directions 
      16. empathy: feeling someone else’s feeling 
      17. emulate: following someone else's example 
      18. enervating: tiring 
      19. ephemeral: fleeting, temporary 
      20. evanescent: not lasting long 
      21. exemplary: outstanding 
      22. extenuating: something that makes the situation not as bad 
      23. florid: ornate 
      24. forbearance: patience, restraint 
      25. fortitude: strength 
      26. fortuitous: lucky 
      27. foster: promote, aid 
      28. fraught: filled with 
      29. frugal: thrifty 
      30. hackneyed: clichéd 
      31. haughty:  being arrogant, talking down to people 
      32. hedonist: person who acts in pursuit of pleasure 
      33. hypothesis: unproven theory, educated guess 
      34. impetuous: rash, impulsive 
      35. impute: to assign or attribute to someone 
      36. inconsequential: without consequence, trivial, doesn't matter 
      37. inevitable: unavoidable, definitely going to happen 
      38. intrepid: fearless 
      39. intuitive: knowing something by instinct
      40. jubilation: extreme happiness, joy 

    Juniors / 11th Grade

      1. lobbyist: person who takes one side or the other, and persuades government officials 
      2. longevity: long (particularly long life) 
      3. mundane: boring, ordinary 
      4. nonchalant: casual, calm, at ease 
      5. opulent: wealthy 
      6. orator: speaker 
      7. ostentatious: flaunting wealth 
      8. parched: freed from water, dried up 
      9. perfidious: disloyal 
      10. pragmatic: practical 
      11. precocious: gifted/talented beyond one's years 
      12. pretentious: being self important, thinking you are better than others 
      13. procrastinate: to delay, often unnecessarily 
      14. prosaic: ordinary 
      15. prosperity: wealth 
      16. provocative: causes a fuss, inflammatory, likely to get people riled up 
      17. prudent: careful, wise 
      18. querulous: irritable, prone to argument 
      19. rancorous: hateful, unpleasant 
      20. reclusive: hermit, withdrawn 
      21. reconciliation: coming back together after a disagreement 
      22. renovation: being new, being redone 
      23. restrained: controlled, not free 
      24. reverence: deep respect 
      25. sagacity: wisdom 
      26. scrutinize: to look at carefully 
      27. spontaneous: being impulsive, acting without thinking 
      28. spurious: false, untrue 
      29. submissive: mild, meek 
      30. substantiate: to confirm, prove 
      31. subtle: shy, small, not showy 
      32. superficial: shallow 
      33. superfluous: unnecessary, too much 
      34. surreptitious: secret 
      35. tactful: polite 
      36. tenacious: persistent stubborn 
      37. transient: temporary, impermanent 
      38. venerable: respectable because of its age 
      39. vindicate: to free from blame 
      40. wary: careful, watchful