SAT preparation requires careful planning and diligent adherence to it for a student to score high on the test. With the new SAT test format introduction in 2016, students have had to adjust their study plans according to the reformatted test pattern. In the new format, English reading is the longest section, where SAT vocabulary knowledge is put to test the most. Regarding SAT vocabulary a significant change in the exam is testing students on how well can they use a word in different contexts? Earlier in the old format, the focus was on testing knowledge of word meaning.
According to the official SAT test makers College Board, the following types and a number of reading passages are included in the new SAT reading section:
SAT writing section will have passages on:
Basis these new changes, following the suggestions given below will help you improve on your vocabulary on SAT:
As mentioned above SAT English reading and writing section includes a wide variety of topics. Therefore, regularly reading a wide variety of articles, books, magazines, and newspapers will help you enormously. Cultivating a discipline of reading long articles every day and being conscious of diversity in topics will:
Using the knowledge gained with such reading, students drastically improve their English writing skills too as it becomes easy for them to interpret and express different types of information and thoughts.
On the SAT test, vocabulary questions can be segmented under two categories:
Cramming the meaning of the word will not be of much help. The test is to see how well you can use words in a different context.
For example: “Fix” as a word means to repair. However, depending on the context of its usage in a passage its meaning can change from a repair or mend to solve a problem or improve on something.
To expand on SAT English vocabulary practice reading in context. Whenever you come across a word you do not know the meaning of while reading, do the following:
Learning vital word roots can help you expand your SAT English vocabulary easily. Word root is the simplest form of a word. When combines with other words they form new words:
Prefixes and suffixes are a group of words used before or after a word to form new words. Knowing the meaning of commonly used prefixes and suffixes can help expand one’s vocabulary significantly.
Tests and quizzes are a great way to build SAT English vocabulary knowledge. There are free websites that let you practice and test with pre-made and customizable flashcards. Three such widely used websites are:
It uses a study technique where its users are quizzed more often on the information they struggle with.
Using these strategies on a regular basis and following the suggestions will certainly help you learn new words much quicker and faster to build a strong SAT vocabulary list.
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