The New SAT: The Language of the Test

How can you perform well on the new reading section of the SAT if you don’t fully understand the language being used in the directions and in the questions? Learn this list of 200 words that are based on our analysis of the words likely to appear in question stems, answer options and test directions.
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The New SAT: Words to Capture Tone

On the New SAT, all of the Reading Test questions are multiple choice and are based on reading passages that may be taken from literature, science, the social sciences, or a US founding document (or a text inspired by such a document). Many of the reading comprehension questions meant to assess a student’s understanding of those passages will require students to choose words that best describe the writer’s tone or point of view, words like the 200 words you see on this list. Learn them here so when you see them in an SAT answer choice, you’ll know what they mean!
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100 Words Every Middle Schooler Should Know

American Heritage Dictionaries normally feature about 70,000 entries. From that multitude, the editors have chosen 100 words that are neither obscure nor outlandish that could give middle schoolers more aplomb and aptitude in their verbal encounters. If you're not sure whether that is something you need, study this list. Words selected by the Editors of the American Heritage® Dictionaries. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
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100 SAT Words Beginning with "A"

What better way to prepare for the sentence completion and passage-based questions on the SAT than to commit yourself to completing our alphabetically organized SAT lists? Find lists of SAT words organized by every letter of the alphabet here: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K & L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, and W, X, Y & Z.
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Jim Burke's Academic Vocabulary List

A thorough survey of various textbooks, assignments, content area standards, and examinations yields the following list of words compiled by Jim Burke. You cannot expect to succeed on assignments if you do not understand the directions.
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Academic Vocabulary Toolkit 1, Words 1-10

Kate Kinsella's "The Academic Vocabulary Toolkit" focuses on words used across different subject areas and careers in spoken and written communication. Learn these lists to help you succeed in school and work: Words 1-10, Words 11-20, Words 21-30, Words 31-40, Words 41-50, Words 51-60, Words 61-70, Words 71-80, Words 81-90, Words 91-100
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Metaphors from Top AP English Exam Novels

In preparation for the AP English Literature and Composition exam, learn the vocabulary from these metaphors -- taken from popular AP novels. A metaphor is a figure of speech in which two unlike things are compared (NOT using "like" or "as").
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Similes from Top AP English Exam Novels

In preparation for the AP English Literature and Composition exam, learn the vocabulary from these similes -- taken from popular AP novels. A simile is a figure of speech in which two unlike things are compared, using "like" or "as."
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30 GRE Words Beginning with "A"

Find lists of GRE words organized by the letters of the alphabet here: A, B and C, D, E and F, G and H, I, K -O, P, Q, R & S, T, U, V, and W.
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TEKS ELAR Academic Vocabulary List (5th-7th grades)

To improve your fluency in English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR), learn this academic vocabulary list that includes words selected from the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) state standards. (You can learn more about how these words were gleaned by consulting this document.)
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"Simon's Saga," Vocabulary from Episode 1

Philip Geer's "Simon's Saga" includes 820 SAT-level words and gives students an entertaining glimpse into college life. Here are links to our lists for the novel: Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5, Episode 6, Episode 7, Episode 8, Episode 9, Episode 10, Episode 11, Episode 12, Episode 13, Episode 14, Episode 15, Episode 16, Episode 17, Episode 18, Episode 19, Episode 20, Episode 21, Episode 22, Episode 23, Episode 24, Episode 25, Episode 26, Episode 27, Episode 28, Episode 29, Episode 30, Episode 31, Episode 32, Episode 33, Episode 34, Episode 35, Episode 36, Episode 37
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GRE High Frequency Words

Barron's GRE 17th Edition High Freq Words
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NAEP Test Words

Words included in the 2009 and 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests of fourth, eighth, and twelfth grade vocabulary. Read about the test here.
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PSAT Words

Words I've encountered in practice PSAT tests.
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Some Political and Philosophical -ism's

Learn this list of words ending in the suffix -ism so you can better understand why John Lennon sang, ""This-ism, that-ism, ism ism ism/All we are saying is give peace a chance."
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AP English Lit exam terms

If you are gearing up to take the Advanced Placement English Literature exam, you better be able to distinguish between your elegies and your allegories! This list will help.
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The Write Stuff: Words Derived from "Graph" and "Scribo"

You can't write about writing without learning these ten words that are derived from the Ancient Greek root "graph" and the Latin root "scribo" -- both meaning "write."
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Do it Yourself: Words Beginning with "AUTO"

Learn these 13 words derived from the Greek root "autos," meaning "self." This list was created by using the Dictionary's advanced search, by searching for "auto*."
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The Top 1000

The top 1,000 vocabulary words have been carefully chosen to represent difficult but common words that appear in everyday academic and business writing. These words are also the most likely to appear on the SAT, ACT, GRE, and ToEFL. To create this list, we started with the words that give our users the most trouble and then ranked them by how frequently they appear in our corpus of billions of words from edited sources. If you only have time to study one list of words, this is the list.
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Media Literacy

The word list captures essential words in "Media Literacy" from Curriculum 21. As you watch these videos, think in terms of the use of images, music, spoken word and the author's decisions in crafting these texts. Who is the intended audience? How do the choices made by the writer/author impact the intended audiences? Amazing is Unity Science and music Our place in the cosmos
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Words You Need to See in the Wild

Dictionary definitions will only get you so far with this set of vocabulary! To get to know these words fully and to be able to USE them correctly, you should pay attention to their common USAGE-- how they live in the wild.
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6th Grade Language Arts Vocab from Common Core State Standards

In grades 6 – 8, students are ready for new levels of intellectual challenge. If they have followed the Common Core Curriculum Maps up to this point, they should have a strong background in mythology, folktales, and fables from around the world; classic and contemporary fiction and poetry; and literary nonfiction related to historical and select scientific topics. They should be able to write a short paper in which they articulate a central idea and support it with examples from texts. Curriculum Map for 6th Grade
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SAT Hit Parade 11

List of words from SAT vocabulary that should be studied and owned by all sophomores
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The Top 60 Most Common Academic Words

according to Averil Coxhead's Academic Word List (2000)
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