Note: This post has been updated to reflect changes in the SAT beginning in March 2016 (aka the “New” SAT).
How many of these words do you know? Even though the SAT no longer explicitly tests difficult vocabulary, browsing this list will help you determine just how high your reading level is, which will help you both on the Redesigned SAT and in life. Learning a few new words never hurt anyone :).
- Esoteric – known only to a select group
- Ephemeral – short-lived
- Ambivalent – having mixed feelings
- Verbose – using too many words
- Indifferent – expressing no opinions on a matter
- Empathetic – feeling sympathy because
- Gregarious – flocking, sociable
- Revere – respect deeply
- Exonerate – free from blame
- Urbane – refined, of the city
- Enigmatic – mysterious
- Fastidious – nit-picky, fussing over details
- Tenacious – not giving in easily
- Garrulous – talkative
- Reticent – not saying much
- Magnanimous – kind-hearted, likely to forgive
- Belligerent – war-like, inclined to fight
- Soporific – causing sleep
- Arcane –difficult to understand
- Equivocal – vague
- Curtail – cut short
- Ebullient – highly enthusiastic
- Preclude – to prevent from happening
- Ambiguous – open to more than one interpretation; unclear
- Indigenous – native to a certain area
Think you got what it takes?
Below is a Sentence Completion that tests your knowledge of the words below.
One moment he prattled on _____ seemingly unaware that those around him were irked, the next he became ____ and barely said a word.
(A) gregariously . . unambiguous
(B) indifferently . . belligerent
(C) reverentially . . magnanimous
(D) empathetically . . tenacious
(E) garrulously . . reticent