I know – it’s probably the number one thing you dread about having to study for the SAT. Some even take the easy way out by never even learning a word. After all there are only 19 Sentence Completions on the entire test (the Sentence Completions are those pesky fill-in-the-blank questions).
But if you think the vocabulary will stop as soon as you move on to the Reading Comprehension section, you are woefully mistaken. Many reading passages are filled with SAT-level words. And guess who’s writing the answer choices? Yep, so you can bet that many answer choices require that you know SAT words.
In the end, ignoring vocabulary you may be limiting yourself by as many as 200 points on the verbal section. And the difference between a 400 and a 600, could be the difference between a great college and a not-so-great college.
Okay, if you are with me so far and didn’t stop reading somewhere in the middle of the last paragraph, then I don’t need to continue emphasizing the importance of vocabulary. Indeed you may very well be wondering how you can improve your vocabulary. You’ve probably heard that flashcards are helpful, but you may wonder which SAT flashcards are the best. You may even think that flashcards are unnecessary. After all, can’t you just study from a list of words? In future posts, I’ll give you some do’s and don’t’s for how to master SAT vocabulary. Stay tuned!