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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.


bronze: Read
n.
an alloy of copper and tin and sometimes other elements

bunch: Read
n. Syn. clump; cluster; gathering
clump; cluster; gathering

buzzer: Read
n.
a signaling device that makes a buzzing sound

cabinetmaker: Read
n.
a woodworker who specializes in making furniture;

calibration: Read
n. Syn. adjustment; measurement
adjustment; measurement

canopy: Read
n. Syn. covering; umbrella
covering; umbrella

Vocabulary List - View all words by list        
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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
adopt  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
a hired hand who tends cattle and performs other duties on horseback
Exercise
ally; form a group or unite
Exercise
accept; take on; raise; take into one's family
Exercise
declare unavailable, as for security reasons; arrange or order by classes or categories
analogous  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
act or state of attending or heeding; application of the mind to any object of sense, representation, or thought
Exercise
course; program
Exercise
comparable; similar or alike
Exercise
hew; cut by striking with a heavy sharp tool, such as an ax
antedate  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
be earlier in time; go back further
Exercise
activity taken up in addition to one's regular work or profession, usually for enjoyment
Exercise
classify; sort
Exercise
acquire; take possession of for one's own use; set apart for specific use
avocation  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
activity taken up in addition to one's regular work or profession, usually for enjoyment
Exercise
comparable; similar or alike
Exercise
be earlier in time; go back further
Exercise
ambitious; enthusiastic
bar  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee
Exercise
brevity; terseness and economy in writing and speaking
Exercise
bonanza; prosperity; prosper; expand; flourish
Exercise
a counter where you can obtain food or drink; cafe; strip; stick
betray  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
bring order and organization to; harmonize
Exercise
brevity; terseness and economy in writing and speaking
Exercise
assert; confirm
Exercise
be unfaithful; reveal unconsciously or unwillingly
board  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
activity taken up in addition to one's regular work or profession, usually for enjoyment
Exercise
assert; confirm
Exercise
a committee having supervisory powers; a flat piece of material designed for a special purpose
Exercise
ambitious; enthusiastic
brook  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
astonish; affect with wonder
Exercise
creek; stream
Exercise
declare unavailable, as for security reasons; arrange or order by classes or categories
Exercise
ally; form a group or unite
catastrophe  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
calamity; disaster; state of extreme ruin and misfortune
Exercise
barrel or cask for liquor; enclosure or cage, as for poultry or small animals
Exercise
bonanza; prosperity; prosper; expand; flourish
Exercise
diligent; responsible; reliable
classify  SpeakSentences and Contexts
Exercise
accept; take on; raise; take into one's family
Exercise
declare unavailable, as for security reasons; arrange or order by classes or categories
Exercise
clergymen collectively; body of people ordained for religious service
Exercise
course; program
Interactive Spelling - Check your spelling skill online
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v. Syn. associate; incorporate
associate; incorporate


Spelling Word: affiliate
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a. Syn. hard; strenuous
demanding great effort or labor; difficult


Spelling Word: arduous
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n.
air that is inhaled and exhaled in respiration


Spelling Word: breath
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ad. Syn. brightly; radiantly
brightly; radiantly


Spelling Word: brilliantly
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n.
act of cancelling; calling off some arrangement


Spelling Word: cancellation
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n. Syn. covering; umbrella
covering; umbrella


Spelling Word: canopy
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n. Syn. calamity; disaster
calamity; disaster; state of extreme ruin and misfortune


Spelling Word: catastrophe
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n.
act of burning something


Spelling Word: combustion
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n.
an object that goes around the sun


Spelling Word: comet
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n.
an increase in the density of something


Spelling Word: compaction