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Quiz: How to Improve Your Vocabulary
by Staff
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?

  • 50,000
  • 250,000
  • 500,000

True or false: Online dictionaries are as good as hardback ones for boosting vocabulary.

  • true
  • false

True or false: To master a new vocabulary word, you need to be able to define, pronounce and spell it.

  • true
  • false

True or false: New words are easier to remember if you study them in themed lists.

  • true
  • false

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?

  • 200
  • 300
  • 400

How many words does the average English speaking adult learn each day?

  • one
  • two
  • three

True or false: The average adult has a 22,000-32,000 word vocabulary.

  • true
  • false

True or false: The average person today knows more words than a person 50 years ago.

  • true
  • false

How many words make up the average person's speech?

  • 5,000
  • 10,000
  • 15,000

True or false: Most people know more written words than spoken ones.

  • true
  • false

True or false: Shakespeare's plays contained 33,000 different words.

  • true
  • false

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.

  • true
  • false

How many words do kids know by age 4?

  • 2,000
  • 4,000
  • 6,000

How many new words do frequent readers pick up daily?

  • one
  • two
  • four

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
  • false

True or false: One root word can spawn more than 100 individual vocabulary words.

  • true
  • false

How many root words can most kids pick up per week?

  • one
  • three
  • seven

True or false: Children from high-income homes hear 30 million more words than children of parents on welfare by age 3.

  • true
  • false

Where do toddlers pick up most of their vocabulary?

  • friends
  • television
  • parents

What can you find in a thesaurus?

  • synonyms
  • antonyms
  • homonyms

True or false: It takes 21 days to build a habit.

  • true
  • false

True or false: Writing words down will help you remember them.

  • true
  • false

True or false: The SAT no longer tests knowledge of obscure words.

  • true
  • false

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