Quiz: How to Improve Your Vocabulary
Love learning lexicon, juggling jargon and topping off your terminology? Take our quiz to see what really works when it comes to boosting your vocabulary.
How large is the vocabulary of the average nonreader?
- 5,000 to 10,000 words
- 10,000 to 20,000 words
- 20,000 to 30,000 words
Where does the average vocabulary for frequent readers tend to top out?
- 20,000 words
- 30,000 words
- 40,000 words
Roughly how many words are in the English language today?
True or false: Online dictionaries are as good as hardback ones for boosting vocabulary.
True or false: To master a new vocabulary word, you need to be able to define, pronounce and spell it.
True or false: New words are easier to remember if you study them in themed lists.
What percentage of new words do people learn from reading?
- 5 to 10 percent
- 10 to 15 percent
- 15 to 20 percent
How many words can a child learn through direct learning — think memorization — each year?
How many words does the average English speaking adult learn each day?
True or false: The average adult has a 22,000-32,000 word vocabulary.
True or false: The average person today knows more words than a person 50 years ago.
How many words make up the average person's speech?
True or false: Most people know more written words than spoken ones.
True or false: Shakespeare's plays contained 33,000 different words.
Twitter contest Artwiculate awards prizes for this.
- most posts
- best made-up words
- most creative use of a word
True or false: Fiction reading is more closely linked to vocabulary than nonfiction reading.
How many words do kids know by age 4?
How many new words do frequent readers pick up daily?
What is the word gap between readers and nonreaders by age 16?
- 1,000 to 2,000 words
- 4,000 to 5,000 words
- 10,000 to 12,000 words
True or false: You only need a 3,000-word vocabulary to read 95 percent of popular media.
True or false: One root word can spawn more than 100 individual vocabulary words.
How many root words can most kids pick up per week?
True or false: Children from high-income homes hear 30 million more words than children of parents on welfare by age 3.
Where do toddlers pick up most of their vocabulary?
What can you find in a thesaurus?
True or false: It takes 21 days to build a habit.
True or false: Writing words down will help you remember them.
True or false: The SAT no longer tests knowledge of obscure words.
What replaced the obscure vocab on the SAT?
- high-frequency words
- high-utility words
- high-complexity words
What percentage of English words have Latin roots?
- 30 percent
- 45 percent
- 60 percent