Increasing your vocabulary is a guaranteed way to improve your scores on the SAT Critical Reading section. The SAT critical reading section has two components (sentence completion and passage-based reading questions) that require strong vocab skills in order to score well. An analysis of previously administered tests reveals that knowing the definition and usage of common SAT words is critical.
Test-Guide.com editors have compiled a list of the most common SAT vocab words that students have trouble with. We used these SAT common words to create convenient online flashcards that will help you master their definitions.
SAT Word List Flashcards
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Studying with these SAT flashcards will help you learn and remember the most common SAT words you will find in the Critical Reading section. Navigate through the flashcards by clicking next and previous. You can press Flip to see the definitions and an example sentence. If you got the definition correct, mark it "correct" - otherwise mark it “incorrect”. When you get to the end of the flashcards, you will be given the option to review all the cards, or just the ones you marked “incorrect”. Good luck!
SAT Critical Reading Overview
The SAT Critical Reading section contains 67 multiple choice questions administered in 70 minutes. The questions are broken down into two areas: Passage-based reading (48 questions) and Sentence completions (19 questions). In general, the types of critical reading questions can be broken down into three broad categories: extended reasoning, literal comprehension, and vocabulary in context. All three types of questions require the student to have a strong knowledge of the meanings and usage of a wide variety of vocabulary terms.
The passage-based reading section presents reading passages that vary in length from 100 to 850 words. The passages are taken from different topics including humanities, literary fiction, social sciences, and natural sciences.
To score well on the SAT passage-based reading questions, a student must
- Know the meanings of words based on their usage/context
- Synthesize information (make inferences, identify cause and effect, and understand analogies and arguments)
- Evaluate the author’s techniques and assumptions
The sentence completion section presents sentences that have one or more blanks where words have been omitted. Students are expected to choose the best words to complete the sentence based on the best overall fit. To score well on the sentence completion section, students must have a strong knowledge of the meanings of a wide variety of words. Additionally, students should have a thorough understanding of how the different components of a sentence fit together logically.