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ACT Vocabulary for ESL Students

Globalization leads USA universities are accepting more and more foreign students. ACT test is one option for them to apply for admission. For ESL (English as Second Language) students, ACT test is much more difficult than for USA high school students. They will face tougher contents and challenge harder preparation, so they need more resources.

Students have many tasks to prepare ACT test. In general, building vocabulary is the top one, because vocabulary is the foundation of all English-related test sections, like reading and writing. Most of ACT test takers have to spend much time to learn new words and review known words. It isn't an easy job for them. As for ESL students, it becomes much heavier.

In addition to normal ACT vocabularies, ESL students have to learn some extra words. Because ESL students live in non-English language circumstances; their English skills completely come from various textbooks. For example, 'basement' is a very common word in America, but foreign students may didn't hear this word yet. If they prepare ACT by normal vocabularies, more or less some common words will be missed.

ESL ACT Vocabulary is compiled for non-English speakers to cover the gap. Basically, words in this list aren't very difficult, but they are likely used on ACT test papers and confuse the foreign test takers. These words are usually ignored by mainstream ACT vocabularies because of simple or common. To help ESL students study by mother language, this list includes definitions in 20 languages.

Last but not least, ESL students are supposed to choose a common vocabulary, like 3500 ACT Vocabulary, as the base to build own ACT vocabulary. This list, ESL ACT Vocabulary, is only an additional list to fix vocabulary leak of ESL students.

3500 ACT Vocabulary

Some students are looking for ACT vocabulary ebook, but we didn't publish ebook of this vocabulary. Two SAT vocabulary ebooks may be considered instead:

SAT 1200 Words in 30 Days (basic level)
Available at:
Apple iBook, Google Books, Amazon Kindle, and others...

SAT 4000 Words (basic,middle, and high level)
Available at:
Amazon Kindle -USA, and others...

Building ACT vocabulary is a tough task, especially for ESL students. Set your goal and choose your way both aren't easy job, you should get authoritative information as more as possible. ACT Official Website is a right place to help you out.


continental: Read
a.
being or concerning or limited to a continent

contract: Read
v. Syn. shrink; constrict
constrict; make smaller; compress or concentrate

contradict: Read
v. Syn. confront; oppose
confront; oppose

controversial: Read
a. Syn. controvertible; disputable
controvertible; disputable

conventional: Read
a.
based upon tradition rules; formed by agreement or compact

conversational: Read
a.
characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation

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Words of List 3 (Part of words, select list to view all.):
iceberg
identify
ideological
illumination
illusive
imagery
impediment
impending
import
impose
impracticality
imprisonment
improvise
impulse
incidentally
incise
incorporate
incorporation
incredulous
incur
indenture
indigestion
indignant
individualism
inducible
industrialization
industrious
infancy
infectious
infer
inflation
influenza
informal
infusion
ingenious
inheritance
initiate
injury
innumerable
insistence
instinctively
institute
institutionalize
intellect
intelligence
intentionally
interaction
interactive
interest
intersect
interstellar
intimacy
intricate
intrigue
intriguing
invariably
inventory
invertebrate
inviting
ion
irregular
jellyfish
jewelry
judgement
jumble
junction
jurisdiction
jury
justify
juxtaposition
keen
kernel
keyboard
knapsack
laborious
lace
lag
lampshade
landmass
lateral
launch
league
legume
leisure
lethal
lettuce
liable
libel
lift
limb
lineage
linger
lively
livestock
load
lobby
lobster
locomote
lodging
longitude
loom
loop
lull
lure
magic
magical
magnesium
magnetic
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Word Meaning Matching - Test how many words you know
abolitionist  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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a reformer who favors abolishing slavery
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an increase in the density of something
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diagnose; examine
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devour; eat
applicant  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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candidate
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curator; guardian
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append or attach; take possession of; incorporate into an existing political unit
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clay; brick ;sun-dried brick; structure built with this type of brick
arc  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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a stroke of the oar that either misses the water or digs too deeply
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definitive; decisive; final
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continuous portion of a circle; something curved in shape
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counter in a supermarket where you pay for your purchases; the latest time for vacating a hotel room
assess  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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diagnose; examine
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adjustment; measurement
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estimate value; judge worth of something
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cave; large underground chamber, as in a cave
benefit  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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advantage; something that aids or promotes well-being ; welfare; gain
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act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something
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conductor of a band
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coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important
biography  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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an increase in the density of something
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cold
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an account of the series of events making up a person's life; accounts of people's life
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any furniture old and valuable; out of fashion
cancellation  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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estimate value; judge worth of something
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act of cancelling; calling off some arrangement
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conductor of a band
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confusion of activity and gossip; sound of rapid vibration
cavern  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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a group of persons together in one place
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bowl-shaped vessel, usually used for holding food or liquids
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cave; large underground chamber, as in a cave
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complication
choke  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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designate; nominate
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breathe with great difficulty, as when experiencing a strong emotion; reduce the air supply
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activity of communicating; activity of conveying information
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complex or bizarre, especially in ornamentation; irregular in shape
cider  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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definitive; decisive; final
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activity of communicating; activity of conveying information
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act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something
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beverage made from juice pressed from apples
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n. Syn. approach
approach; entry; entrance


Spelling Word: access
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v.
be broadcast on television or radio


Spelling Word: air
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a. Syn. awesome; astounding; surprising
awesome; astounding; surprising


Spelling Word: amazing
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v.
deprive of oxygen to the extent of producing death or very serious symptoms; suffocate


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n. Syn. air
air


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n. Syn. equilibrium; symmetry; stability
being in equilibrium; equilibrium; symmetry; stability


Spelling Word: balance
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n. Syn. creek; stream
creek; stream


Spelling Word: brook
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v. Syn. cut; hew
hew; cut by striking with a heavy sharp tool, such as an ax


Spelling Word: chop
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a. Syn. adhesive; cohesive
adhesive; cohesive; sticking together ; logical; sound; capable of thinking and expressing yourself in a clear and consistent manner


Spelling Word: coherent
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a.
arousing or provoking laughter


Spelling Word: comical