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Knowing Word Meanings is Essential for a Higher SAT Score

Improving your vocabulary is essential if you want to get a high score on the Reading Section of the SAT.

Almost all SAT exam takers come across many “tough” words in this part, whose meanings they do not know. These students thereby lose many points because if they do not know the meanings of the words in the questions, they aren’t able to answer the questions confidently—and so, they are likely to answer incorrectly.

Every correct answer on the SAT gives you approximately 10 points.

Several “tough” words show up in the Reading Comprehension passages of every SAT exam. Knowing the meanings of these difficult words will, of course, help you to understand the passages better. It follows that knowing what the passages are all about will help you correctly answer the Reading Comprehension questions that appear in the SAT—and each correct answer nets you approximately 10 points.

5 Steps To Word Power

1. Learn those Latin and Greek roots, prefixes, and suffixes that make up many English words. It has been estimated that more than half of all English words come from Latin and Greek.

2. Read—read—read. By reading a great deal, you will encounter new and valuable words. You will learn the meanings of many of these words by context— that is, you will perceive a clear connection between a new word and the words that surround that word. In this way, you will learn the meaning of that new word.

3. Listen to what is worth listening to. Listen to good radio and TV programs. Listen to people who speak well. Go to selected movies and plays. Just as you will increase your vocabulary by reading widely, you will increase your vocabulary by listening to English that is spoken well.

4. Play word games like crossword puzzles, anagrams, and Scrabble. Take advantage of online word games and word game apps.

5. Make sure you learn the Vocabulary Strategies.

  • 3 Vocabulary Strategies 

    • Vocabulary Strategy 1
    • Vocabulary Strategy 2
    • Vocabulary Strategy 3
    • Vocabulary Words: Practice Questions
  • Common SAT Vocabulary 

    • 250 Most Common SAT Vocabulary Words
    • The Most Important/Frequently Used SAT Words