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Studying SAT® Vocabulary

The SAT® was redesigned for tests taken after January of 2016. The vocabulary in the new SAT® is said to be more common as compared to the prior design, but nuanced with regard to multiple meanings that must be understood in context. The vocabulary required for the redesigned SAT® is described in more detail and with sample questions in the paper Relevant Words in Context at the CollegeBoard® website. Here are some highlights: Recognizing that students are interested in doing well on the standardized tests, and believing that tier two words are worth learning, ranks tier two words higher than other words seen with similar frequency in a given book. It also shows how commonly a word is included in SAT/tier two test preparation lists.

Since vocabulary study is more effective when it reinforces words encountered elsewhere than when it is pure memorization. provides an easy way to reinforce words encountered when reading novels. You might like to look at this suggested way to
use to enhance the natural vocabulary growth that occurs while reading.

As this page is written, it is too soon to know how effectively students can cram for the vocabulary in the redesigned SAT test. Cramming was not a very effective strategy in the old SAT where the time was probably be better spent reviewing for other parts of the test. Still, you might like to look at
Top 100 Study Words for Standardized Tests like the SAT® or ACT®. Words are listed by how frequently they are found on weighted SAT/tier two vocabulary study lists. There is a link to more ranked words at the bottom of the list.