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sedition   Speak
n. conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch
secession   Speak
n. action of withdrawing formally from membership of a federation or body
subversion   Speak
n. undermining of the power and authority of an established system or institution
complacency   Speak
n. a feeling of smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one's achievements
brace   Speak
v. support an object in order to stop it from falling down
grueling   Speak
a. extremely tiring and demanding
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n. a fraudulent person or thing
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 SAT & ACT Test - How to Prepare Vocabulary
           
1. Introduction

Millions of high school students take part in SAT or ACT exams every year. Some of them start to prepare the exam from 11th grade or even 10th grade because SAT or ACT score plays a vital role in college admission. For students who are planning to go to top universities, either SAT or ACT offers a fair scale to assess their academic skills nationwide.

High school report cards and reference letters are indeed critical to apply for universities. However, how do the universities select future students from separate school districts, states, and countries? SAT or ACT, the independent academic exam, acts like a ruler to help schools decide whether a student matches its academic criteria. So that some colleges and universities hope applicants to provide SAT or ACT score. If you are planning to apply for top universities, prepare SAT as early as possible.

Although the general SAT has a Math section, in nature, either the SAT or ACT is an English skill exam. Its core focuses on reading and writing tests. So, the English level is the foundation to get a high score. Only if a test taker has strong English capability, he or she has a chance to challenge the top score. It is why lots of students' primary job to prepare the exam is to enhance their English skills.

English is the principal subject in high school. Enrich it means various jobs, from practicing grammar to building vocabulary. Here we especially emphasize vocabulary because it is the base of language skills. Either reading or writing would fail without a strong vocabulary. On the other side, build vocabulary is usually the most tedious task and costs the most time in all tasks.

SAT/ACT vocabulary is one of the controversial points in high school education. The test organizers claim the tests wouldn't emphasize on size of student's vocabulary, but all we know that vocabulary skill is the base of language. Either SAT or ACT doesn't test difficult words exclusively. It's true, but it never means vocabulary isn't important anymore. Of course, the content and size of the SAT or ACT vocabulary are changing in recent years.

Build SAT/ACT vocabulary isn't easy, and it's even a hard job of more than one year if you target an excellent score. As all English exams, vocabulary level will impact the final score. Thus, many students have to spend much time to learn and review SAT/ACT words. How to do the job efficiently is usually a hot topic among test-takers. We set up this website and bring new IT tools to let preparing them easier and faster.

This website concentrates on SAT/ACT vocabulary preparation. For students who are preparing their exams, especially in vocabulary building, it is the right place. We understand students are different in levels and purposes. Some are going to apply for top universities; some only need a necessary score for local college admission. So we do our best to collect diverse resources for test-takers, including popular SAT/ACT word lists, apps, experiences, e-books, and other materials.
2. SAT ACT Word Lists

Word lists are the core to build ACT vocabulary. Because of the diversity of use cases, original levels, and exam expectations, students need different word lists. We collect some lists there to help test takers prepare SAT or ACT vocabulary.

3000 Common SAT Vocabulary List:   Enter

It is a middle-level word list for SAT test-takers; offers definitions and interactive exercises for each word. If you seriously want to get a high score and are ready to spend enough time to build SAT vocabulary, this list is the right candidate. Try some content quickly; you will find it helps very much in your SAT preparing. Samples...
intermittent:  Read
a. Syn. periodic
periodic; on and off; stopping and starting at intervals

interrogate:  Read
v.
question closely; examine by questioning formally or officially

interrupt:  Read
v. Syn. impede; discontinue
terminate; make a break in

intestine:  Read
a.
inward; internal with regard to a state or country; domestic; not foreign


SAT Essay Vocabulary:   Enter

This essay vocabulary, useful but not very long, consists of 2 groups of SAT words with moderate difficulty. Most students can learn or review them in 2 weeks; some can even finish in 1 week. This short vocabulary is an ideal tool to enhance SAT writing words with examples and contexts. Samples...
innuendo:  Read
hint; indirect implication , usually malicious

insipid:  Read
lacking flavor or zest; not tasty; dull

instigate:  Read
goad or urge forward; provoke; incite

intrepid:  Read
fearless; indicating or springing from courage


Hard SAT Word List:   Enter

This hard SAT word list is a middle size vocabulary. These 500 words are selected to prepare SAT for students who are applying for top universities. So, this SAT word list is a set of difficult words. We recommend students to challenge it only after finishing common SAT vocabularies. Samples...
dilemma:  Read   predicament; state of uncertainty or between equally unfavorable options

dirge:  Read   a piece of music of a mournful character, to accompany funeral rites; funeral hymn

discern:  Read   detect; perceive

discrepancy:  Read   lack of consistency; difference


Difficult Words with Sentences:   Enter

When you study and review difficult SAT words, especially new word, a good example sentence helps very much. Here we list top 200 most difficult SAT words with example sentences. We do believe learning words with sentences is the key to master top difficult words in a short time. Samples...
truculent:  Read
/'trukjələnt, 'trʌkjʊlənt/ a. Syn. belligerent
disposed to fight; belligerent; aggressively hostile
The bully was initially truculent but eventually stopped picking fights at the least provocation.

turpitude:  Read
/'tɜrpɪtju:d/;/-tu:d/ n. Syn. depravity
depravity; corrupt, depraved, or degenerate act
A visitor may be denied admittance to this country if she has been guilty of moral turpitude.

ubiquitous:  Read
/ju:'bɪkwɪtəs/ a. Syn. omnipresent
being or existing everywhere; omnipresent
That Christmas "The Little Drummer Boy" seemed ubiquitous; we heard the tune everywhere.

usurp:  Read
/'jʊzəp/ v. Syn. appropriate
seize and hold power or rights of another by force or without legal authority
The revolution ended when the victorious rebel general succeeded in his attempt to usurp the throne.


3500 ACT Vocabulary:   Enter

This list is collected and maintained by tutors of examword.com. It's a simplified and middle-level ACT vocabulary for common test takers to start. Most of grade 12 students plan to spend 3 to 6 months to work on it. This vocabulary is relatively easy, and if you are challenge 30 or more, it may not help you. Samples...
ascendancy: Read   superiority or decisive advantage; domination

ascetic: Read   leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere

aseptic: Read   preventing infection; having cleansing effect

ashen: Read   ash-colored; very pale; consisting of ashes


ESL ACT Vocabulary:   Enter

In general, ACT vocabulary is for high school students, mainly for grade 12 and grade 11. However, non-English speakers, who are at different language circumstances, may not know some words that are supposed to learn in lower classes, but frequently occur in ACT exam papers. So, for ESL (English as Second Language) students, their ACT vocabularies are usually larger and include words that are well known by high school students of the USA but are commonly ignored by ESL students. To get this ESL ACT vocabulary from regular ACT vocabulary, we remove some difficult words and add fundamental ones to balance the vocabulary efforts of ESL students. As a word list developed for ESL, each word has definitions with multiple languages. Samples...
declaration: Read
n. Syn. announcement; avowal; statement
announcement; explicit statement; formal public statement

decorate: Read
v. Syn. adorn; embellish
adorn; embellish

decoration: Read
n.
act of decorating something; something used to beautify

defect: Read
v.
abandon or turn against; cease or change one's loyalty


3. SAT ACT Vocabulary Web Apps

Web apps are easy to access anytime and anywhere. Some SAT vocabulary builders used to learn and review English words by software. Web apps are one of their favorites. We have developed some apps, which are are excellent online SAT and ACT vocabulary tools, designed to speed up vocabulary preparation, and proven by tens of thousands of users.

SAT Vocabulary Test Online:   Enter

It's an online SAT word test by random checking if a test-taker gets the SAT vocabulary level. It provides a flexible and game-style practice mode on the Internet, and is also an excellent quiz tool to evaluate vocabulary progress.
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Difficult SAT Words:   Enter

Students, who are trying to apply for top universities, need top SAT scores to support their application materials. They usually want to learn more difficult SAT words than others. This app is designed for these students to accumulate hard SAT words in a fast and convenient way.
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Vocabulary Study Online - SAT and ACT:   Enter

The SAT/ACT vocabulary skills are quite different among individual students. Different SAT vocabularies can cover the requirements of different students. Some hope to leverage more flexible tool to fit with their personalized vocabulary building. VOS (Vocabulary Study Online) can load multiple word lists, including customized word lists. With a smart algorithm, it manages your SAT or ACT words and schedules learn/review activities. It's a flexible and efficient online English vocabulary app.
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SAT ACT Vocabulary Flashcards:   Enter

This web app is based on a middle-level SAT ACT vocabulary of 2000 words. All words are organized in alphabet order and easy to access. You can create online flashcards on demand. Each flashcard includes explanation, sample sentence, pronunciation, and non-English definition. It's a handy tool to study and review SAT and ACT vocabulary online.
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English Vocabulary builder - SAT:   Introduction    Download

English Vocabulary Builder is a Windows app for SAT test-takers. It has a near 4000 words list with definitions and examples. Students can schedule paces and manage plan individually, including adjusting course content, adding new words, updating existing definitions, examples, and notes. The tool can feedback accurate reports to improve study efficiency. It's a proven helper to speed up vocabulary building, the hardest job in SAT preparing.
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4. SAT ACT Tips

Although the website focuses on SAT and ACT vocabularies, we know test-takers concern all opinions and ideas that may help SAT/ACT exam preparation easier and faster. At the section, we collect some useful articles, including tips, experiences, and training materials. Their topics are mainly related how to build vocabulary, but a few are also involved with other matters that we believe SAT/ACT test-takers are interested.

The following list shows some tips and experiences.

Download SAT Vocabulary PDF:   Enter

PDF is easy to read and print. Some people prefer to have their own SAT word list PDF file for various reasons. If you want one but don't have yet, you are in the right place. This article tells you how to do it. Don't miss this free and convenient method to make and download your SAT PDF file.

Download ACT Vocabulary PDF:   Enter

Do you want to make your own ACT vocabulary PDF file? Some students try to download ACT vocabulary PDF from internet, but fail to find any satisfied file. Actually, you hardly get an existing vocabulary PDF that exactly matches your scenario from either online or offline. If you are struggling to produce personalized ACT vocabulary PDF, you can leverage the contents of this web site and other free online resources. This article shows you how to do it.

Print SAT Vocabulary Flashcard:   Enter

Flashcard is a common tool for students to memorize something. SAT vocabulary flashcard works similarly. However, it's usually a hard task to get a set of SAT word flashcards that fits for your circumstance because every student has one's original vocabulary base. This website offers resources to produce personalized SAT vocabulary flashcards.

Make ACT Vocabulary Flashcards:   Enter

Some students used to leverage flashcards to study or review vocabulary. However, it isn't easy to get a set of flashcards that are fully matched with individual requirements. A few of them write a set of flashcards by self. It's practical, but it costs too much time. This article shows how to customize one's ACT flashcards with free resources of this website.

Single Choice SAT Vocabulary Quiz:   Enter

Online and interactive quiz, like single choice, is an excellent option to keep known or half-known words warm. All SAT word lists of the website have dynamic single choice quiz for each word. One quiz has four definitions as options to choose; it is made by random and doesn't repeat. You may go to any word list and select group, trigger it by just a click.

ACT Vocabulary Online Questions:   Enter

Building vocabulary is a hard journey. Short practice or quiz helps to check progress and avoids boring on repeatedly memorizing. All ACT word lists on the website have built-in single choice exercises. The test sheet is produced dynamically based on the specified scope, which is an interactive tool to evaluate your vocabulary level. This article shows you how to trigger these quizzes.

SAT Vocabulary Spelling Test:   Enter

Spelling is critical in the SAT writing test. Interactive practice is an effective way to improve spelling skill. All SAT vocabularies of this website provide online spelling card. Namely, based on various SAT word lists, lots of interactive spelling exercises are available to try. It offers an excellent resource to prepare and practice SAT writing words.

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