Vocabulary.com's Roadmap to the SAT

Follow our roadmap and you'll be prepared before you sharpen that #2 pencil.

If you're nervous about taking the SAT, fret no more! Vocabulary.com has taken a good hard look at the SAT Reading Test and we've got you covered. Follow this roadmap and your vocabulary will be up to snuff by the time you sharpen your number 2 pencil on test day.

We've created a program that divides the words you'll study into 3 groups: Multiple Meaning Words, The Language of the Test, and Words to Capture Tone. Want to know more about how we created the program? Read our SAT program overview.
  • Multiple Meaning Words: Context is KingContext is King
    Multiple-meaning words are words that take on different meanings in different contexts. Whereas a word like lucrative has only one meaning (producing a profit), a multiple-meaning word like figure is used in a variety of ways, depending on the subject. You might learn about a historical figure in history class, calculate a figure in math class, or analyze a figure of speech in English class. Multiple-meaning words are especially important on the new SAT since you'll have to define them in Words in Context questions.
  • Language of the Test: Learn to Speak "SAT"Learn to Speak "SAT"
    Language of the Test words are academic vocabulary terms that frequently show up in SAT "test talk." They are not the words that may show up in the reading passages; they are the words that show up everywhere else. In fact, we just used a Language of the Test word in the previous sentence. Find it? If you guessed reading passage, you're right. You can't do well on the new SAT if you don't fully understand the academic language being used in the test directions, in the questions, and in the answer options.
  • Words to Capture Tone: Getting Inside the Author's HeadGetting Inside the Author's Head
    The new SAT Reading Test is full of questions that will ask you to figure out an author's attitude about the subject of a reading passage (e.g., What tone does the author establish? What point of view?). And since the Reading Test is a multiple choice exam, each question offers four answer options that are full of words that can be used to establish tone and point of view. These are the types of words you'll learn on our Words to Capture Tone lists.

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