Quick Access Resources:
Print PDF Quiz/Test Online Study
 SAT Essay Vocabulary
1   Overview:
SAT essay vocabulary consists of 500 moderately difficult words; many high school students may learn them somehow but cannot use them confidently. This SAT word list includes examples, contexts, and interactive spelling exercises to build a solid essay vocabulary and sharpen writing skills.

If an essay is only done in plain or simple words in SAT writing, the chance to shoot a high score is relatively low. As a general rule, better vocabulary rewards a higher score. Unlike big-size reading vocabulary, writing vocabulary relies on your choice. You can prepare a set of words, then just use them in the right place, in the right way, and with the right spelling.

Most students can study or review the 500 SAT essay vocabulary in 2 weeks; some can even finish in 1 week. Nevertheless, in a real writing test, several hard words are enough; you should avoid using too many difficult words in a short essay. For example, if you have 5-7 uncommon but proper words in your essay, it will definitely impress readers.

If your time is tight and you feel the vocabulary big or hard, you may shrink the list to 200-300 words by excluding some relatively rare words. Only a doable task can bring your future writing with both confidence and skill.
2   View all words by groups:        
Go to Word List by Group:
1  2 

Select Vocabulary Group:
1  2 

Words of Group 2 (Part of words, select list to view all.):
idiosyncrasy
idyllic
ignominy
illicit
impasse
imperious
impetuous
impudence
inane
incongruity
incredulous
incriminate
incubate
indeterminate
indictment
indigenuous
indignant
indiscriminate
indolent
indomitable
induce
indulgent
ineffable
ineptitude
inert
ingenuous
inherent
inhibit
innate
innocuous
innuendo
inscrutable
insipid
insolence
instigate
insular
intrepid
inundate
invoke
irate
irony
irreverent
jaded
jocular
jovial
judicious
lackadaisical
laconic
laggard
languid
latent
laud
listless
lithe
lucid
lucrative
lull
lurid
luxuriant
magnanimous
malleable
marred
maudlin
melancholy
mercenary
mercurial
miserly
mitigate
modicum
morose
motley
multifarious
nebulous
nefarious
neophyte
notoriety
noxious
nuance
obdurate
obstinate
officious
onerous
opportunist
oracle
orthodox
ostensible
oversight
pacifist
pacify
painstaking
palliate
paradigm
parch
parody
partisan
patronize
paucity
pedant
peevish
penchant
penurious
peremptory
perfunctory
peripheral
perquisite
petulant
philanthropist
piety
...
3   Demonstrate word list style:
abate: Read
subside; decrease; become less in amount or intensity
Show examples and contexts    Close

abhor: Read
fill with horror and loathing; horrify; hate
Show examples and contexts    Close

accost: Read
approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with demand or request
Show examples and contexts    Close

acumen: Read
mental keenness; quickness of perception
Show examples and contexts    Close

adept: Read
expert at; very skilled; having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
Show examples and contexts    Close

affected: Read
speaking or behaving in artificial way; emotionally stirred or moved; infected or attacked
Show examples and contexts    Close


This is 6 words quick view. View words of the list
4   Word meaning matching - Test words you know:
assail  Speak
Exercise
assault; attack with or as if with violent blows
Exercise
limit narrowly; confine; draw a line around; encircle
Exercise
distribute; spread; scatter like seeds
Exercise
feeling of contented self-satisfaction, especially when unaware of upcoming trouble
attenuate  Speak
Exercise
state of being despised or dishonored; disgrace; disobedience to, or open disrespect of
Exercise
make slender, fine, or small; weaken; lessen density of
Exercise
combine; fuse; grow together; come together so as to form one whole; unite
Exercise
contradict; give a false impression
aura  Speak
Exercise
foolishness; lack of good sense, understanding, or foresight
Exercise
air, feeling
Exercise
feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent
Exercise
modest and reserved in manner or behavior
belie  Speak
Exercise
assault; attack with or as if with violent blows
Exercise
giving a false appearance of frankness; not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating
Exercise
showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm
Exercise
contradict; give a false impression
complacency  Speak
Exercise
marked by quiet and caution and secrecy
Exercise
modest and reserved in manner or behavior
Exercise
feeling of contented self-satisfaction, especially when unaware of upcoming trouble
Exercise
suitable; appropriate to a purpose; serving to promote your interest
contempt  Speak
Exercise
state of being despised or dishonored; disgrace; disobedience to, or open disrespect of
Exercise
overjoyed; extremely happy and excited
Exercise
useless; having no useful result; vain
Exercise
plentiful; containing plenty; affording ample supply
This is 6 words matching. Try matching quizzes of the list
5   Interactive spelling - Check your spelling skill online:
Read [Esc] expert at; very skilled; having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude


Spelling Word: adept
Read [Esc] impressive; majestic; inspiring awe or admiration


Spelling Word: august
Read [Esc] greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain


Spelling Word: avarice
Read [Esc] support or prop up with or as if with a long narrow pillow or cushion


Spelling Word: bolster
Read [Esc] punish, as by beating; criticize severely; rebuke


Spelling Word: chastise
Read [Esc] surround an enemy; enclose or entrap; beat by cleverness and wit


Spelling Word: circumvent
This is 6 words spelling. Try spelling exercises of the list