Unit 2: Vocabulary *Though there is no section on the SAT called “Vocabulary,” increasing your vocabulary will automatically increase your score, particularly on the Reading section. For one, correctly completing the sentence completions in the reading section requires you to know the definitions of the words both in the sentence and in the provided answers. Increased vocabulary will also help you to better understand the Critical Reading passages, as well as any words you are asked to define in those passages.
There are about 500 vocabulary words that are most often included in the SAT. Focusing your study on these particular words will have the most positive effect on your score. After you go through your word list and become familiar with the meanings, be sure to review the list at least once a week until your test. This repeated review will cement the information in your head and will make it more likely that you will remember the definitions on test day.*
Unit 2 Time Advisory
This unit should take approximately 6.5 hours to complete. Practice time should range between 5 and 20 hours, depending on how many vocabulary words you choose to learn.
☐ Subunit 2.1: 1.5 hours
☐ Subunit 2.2: 2.5 hours
☐ Subunit 2.3: 2.5 hours
Unit2 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to: - Define 100-500 new vocabulary words that are frequently used on the SAT. - Apply word definitions to correctly answer critical reading and sentence completion questions.
2.1 Word List - Reading: Vocabulary.com: Vince Puzick’s “100 Top SAT Words” Link: Vocabulary.com: Vince Puzick’s “100 Top SAT Words” (HTML)
Reading: Vocab Videos’ “SAT Vocabulary Word List” Link: Vocab Videos’ “SAT Vocabulary Word List” (HTML)
Instructions: Please note that this resource is optional. If you would like to study from a longer word list, or one that is already in printable form, you can use the one provided here. Click on the link above, and then select the “Download and Print” link on the page to get a PDF version. Again, consider how you will effectively study the list. Divide the words up into smaller groups, so you can study frequently in short spurts.
Creating your vocabulary list and study plan should take approximately 30 minutes.
2.2 Activities You can use the activities available for your word list on Vocabulary.com, or you can create your own. A very effective way to study and remember your words is to create and use flashcards. Get some 3x5 or smaller index cards, and write the word on one side and the short definition on the other side. Go through the words, looking at the side which shows the word, and try to come up with the definition. Check the other side of the card to see if you got it right. Alternatively, you can look at the side which shows the definition, and try to come up with the word. Study frequently this way, and you will pick up the words very quickly! Study activities for vocabulary should take no more than 15 minutes at a time, but should be repeated frequently. You should spend at least 2 hours and 30 minutes in total on practice activities for studying vocabulary.
2.3 Quizzes Again, you can use the quizzes available for your word list on Vocabulary.com, or you can create your own. Write down each word from the group of words you are testing yourself on, put away your word list, and try to write down a definition for each. You can also try using each of the words in a sentence or creating your own sentence completions that require you to fill in the correct word. Quiz yourself at least once a week during your study period. Include time for vocabulary study and quizzes in your study plan schedule so that you will not forget to continue this crucial portion of SAT preparation. You should spend at least 2 hours and 30 minutes in total on vocabulary quizzes.