Practice for SAT Vocabulary

10 Sure Shot Steps to Building Your SAT Vocabulary

Colleges compare admission applications based on the applicant’s SAT test score. The SAT screens test takers for abilities and skills in Critical Reading, Math and Writing. The Critical Reading and Writing section require you to have a strong diction so as to achieve good scores. Practicing for SAT vocabulary will help you do well in these sections as you will not waste time answering question or hassling to understand what the questions mean. You will also be able to complete the writing section well and impress the reader with a good vocabulary. Studying vocabulary can become very monotonous after a while and hence adaptive techniques and learning schedules should be considered by the test taker. Here are ten priceless tips to study for vocabulary.

  1. Take pride in learning new words

    The English language is vast in terms of grammar and a large number of us think we speak it well. It is an established fact that most people with English as their first language speak it well but may not be able to write as well. There is a difference between written and spoken English. You should enjoy learning new words and feel proud about improvising your diction. It is only then that you will find the motivation to learn new words. As you do not use fancy English every day, you find no need to learn better words. You should be motivated enough to learn and retain diction.

  2. Read

    The best way to learn new words is to read extensively. You should read books according to the standards of the SAT test and pick out words whose meanings you do not comprehend. Try and understand what the word means by reading the sentence a couple of times and if you can’t you should look it up in the dictionary and make a note of it for revision.

  3. Understand

    English is considered to be a funny language when it comes to understanding grammar. Whilst learning new words you should try and understand the context it is used in and the other ways in which a word can be used. You can use the internet to gain an insight on how to learn about contextual use of language.

  4. Retention

    It may be rather easy to find a new word and look it up in the dictionary but it is no walk in the park to remember huge words. It is only when you begin to memorize, revise and apply the word learnt that you will retain it in your memory.Practice revolves around these three principles. You should try and construct sentences out of new words and see if they are used in the right context and if the sentence makes perfect sense.

  5. Use study tricks

    If you find a particular word too long to remember or if you find it difficult to spell out a lengthy word, you should use study tricks to memorize them. You can either split up the word or associate it with a familiar word or use syllables to remember its pronunciation.

  6. Reference to Dictionaries

    You should get into a habit of using a dictionary. Make sure you have one handy while you study and read. Do not rely on others around you to tell you the definition of a word. Taking the effort of looking for the meaning of a word goes a long way and helps you remember the word. This is especially the case with students who have a photographic memory.

  7. Games

    You should use interactive and fun methods of learning. Playing games like scrabble and solving crossword puzzles also help boost vocabulary.

  8. Study Material

    There are a lot of publications and books that help in vocabulary practice. Such books contain lists of words to be learnt according to the standards of the SAT test. You should look up such word lists. They help enhance you vocabulary considerably.

  9. Mock Tests

    Like the above mentioned preparation materials, mock tests are also available for SAT vocabulary. Taking such tests will help you analyze your progress and the amount of effort you need to put in as well. 

  10. Schedules

    You must ensure that you have a steady, well paced time table chalked out for your study. You must also make sure to abide by it. Regular studying and timely revision will help you achieve the score you want.