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The SAT and Vocabulary, Part 3

May 31, 2010


Words You Know, But Don’t Know You Know One effective tactic used on standardized tests is to haul out words you don’t know. Another is to take words you do know and dress them up in clever disguises. If you don’t think you know a word, then for the moment, you don’t. And that’s good […]

The SAT and Vocabulary, Part 2

May 25, 2010


Look-Alike and Sound-Alike Words The English language is confusing, and no one knows that better than the clever people who write SAT questions. Hundreds of words look like other words, but their meanings are most often completely different. For example, consider┬áprodigal and┬áprodigious. The first means wasteful of money, the second means big. You may be […]

The SAT and Vocabulary (Part 1)

May 21, 2010


The Critical Reading sections of the SAT test your ability to grasp concepts presented in words, sentences, and paragraphs. One of the things that makes this difficult is the strategic placement of certain unfamiliar words. These words are used in such a way that they affect the meaning of the entire phrase, sentence, or passage. […]