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How to Use SAT Flashcards

What’s the best way to use flashcards for the SAT? Well the truly the best way is with our free SAT vocabulary flashcards. They’ll come at you in a spaced repetition format and will keep you on your toes the whole time.

Randomization. It’s a big word, but don’t worry – it probably won’t show up on the SAT. The essence of randomization is that things are unpredictable or random (hence ‘random’ization). And when you are learning vocabulary you want the process to be random. If you learn from a list you know exactly where each word is and you begin to memorize the placement of the word as well as the words around it. This predictability shuts down your brain (see ‘The Zombie’) and that never helps with learning.

But not so with the Magoosh flashcards. Words are never in the same order, so you aren’t quite sure which word you’ll see. This keeps the brain on its toes, so to speak.

And truly making words stick is the ultimate goal of learning SAT vocabulary (remember this isn’t your English class’s weekly vocab quiz).

Okay, so maybe I’ve somewhat sold you on flashcards. Now what? Get started with Magoosh flashcards. That’s what!

About Chris Lele

Chris Lele is the GRE and SAT Curriculum Manager (and vocabulary wizard) at Magoosh Online Test Prep. In his time at Magoosh, he has inspired countless students across the globe, turning what is otherwise a daunting experience into an opportunity for learning, growth, and fun. Some of his students have even gone on to get near perfect scores. Chris is also very popular on the internet. His GRE channel on YouTube has over 8 million views.

You can read Chris's awesome blog posts on the Magoosh GRE blog and High School blog!

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5 Responses to “How to Use SAT Flashcards”

  1. Kim says:

    Would you recommend memorizing the Direct Hits book for SAT vocab?

    • Chris Lele Chris says:

      Hi Kim,

      Learning those words would definitely help. However, that alone won’t help you ace the SAT verbal section. Considering including other vocab books, such as the ones from Princeton Review. And remember, don’t simply memorize word lists. Instead, turn words you do not know into flashcards. Quizlet.com is a perfect way to do so.

      Let me know if you have any more questions!

  2. araban says:

    I am also using the Direct hits. Also, I have been using the Magoosh GRE flashcards. Do you think they are sufficient to use to learn all the words that I may encounter in the SAT test? Do you recommend any other resources. It will be great if you can help. I love your posts!

    • Chris Lele Chris Lele says:

      Hi Araban,

      Are you studying for the GRE or the SAT? If you are studying for the SAT, only the very difficult words from the GRE show up. You are missing many SAT-level words.

      As for Direct Hits, there seem to be a few volumes, so maybe you are seeing most of the words that could come up. I have never seen this series, but people do seem to love it :).

  3. Biraj says:

    Hello Chris,

    I have completed all of the decks (SAT flash cards).

    I have a month left for my test.

    I wanted to ask whether all those words would be enough for my upcoming SAT or you would recommend me more.

    Thank you! 😀

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