Quiz: Do You Think You Know All These SAT Words?
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Do You Think You Know All These SAT Words?
By: Isadora Teich
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About This Quiz

Think you have what it takes to crush SAT vocabulary? The SATs have struck fear into the hearts of American teenagers for generations. Every kid knows that their SAT score can change the course of their entire life. A high score can get you into some of the most prestigious schools in the world, and a low score can knock you out of the running instantly. That's a lot of pressure, and a big reason to study and make sure you know your stuff. 

The test currently contains these sections: Reading, writing and language, calculator math, non-calculator math and an optional essay section. While the essay is optional, the reading and the writing and language sections are not. This means that having a good handle on SAT vocabulary is an absolute must if you want to nab those coveted high scores. The highest score a person can get on the modern SAT is 1600. The lowest is 400. The closer to 1600 a person can score, the better.  

If you are an articulate speaker, put your vocabulary to the test with this verbose quiz! 


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What is a synonym for rough?

Coarse is an adjective. It describes a rough texture or a lack of refinement.

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What does it mean for something to be unstable?

Fluctuate is a verb that means to be unstable or rise and fall.

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What is the word that means morally offensive?

Scandalous is an adjective describes something morally offensive that can damage someone's reputation.

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What is the term that means extreme jealousy?

Envy is both a noun and a verb and it means extreme jealously.

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What does it mean to be superficial?

Materialistic is an adjective that describes someone who is superficial or solely focused on material possessions.

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What does it mean to destroy?

Annihilate is a verb that means to destroy or cause devastating destruction.

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Not a representation of reality as it exists

Things that are abstract exist only in the mind. Abstract art, for example, can look like anything, but does not perfectly resemble realistic people, places, or things.

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It means to force out

Oust is a verb that means to force out or remove someone, most usually out of a position or office.

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It means to wear away or subvert

Undermine is a verb that means to weaken or subvert someone, usually over a period of time subtly and secretly.

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Which word means to permit?

Allow is a verb that means to permit or consent to.

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It means that something is unnatural.

Artificial is an adjective that describes something which has to be created because it does not occur in the natural world.

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Which term means to support or strengthen?

Bolster is a verb that means to support, strengthen or fortify.

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Which word describes a loud fight?

Brawl can be both a noun and a verb. It is both a loud, intense fight and to fight loudly.

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This means to be forced to surrender.

To concede is to be forced to surrender or agree. It can also mean to admit to making a mistake or a transgression.

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Which of these words mean to contrast?

To contradict is a verb, it means to be in contrast with something else.

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Which word indicates a strong belief?

Conviction is a noun that means a firm belief in something.

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Which word means respect?

Deference is a noun that means respect or regard.

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What is the term that means barren?

Desolate is an adjective that describes something barren or empty.

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A problem choosing between two things.

Dilemma is a noun that can mean any general problem, but can also refer specifically to a problem revolving around making two choices.

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This word means strong dislike.

Disdain is a noun that means a strong dislike or lack of respect for something or someone.

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A principle, theory or position.

Doctrine is a noun usually upheld by governments, religious organizations and other institutions.

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Can you identify which word means gloomy?

Dreary is an adjective that means sad, gloomy or dull.

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What is the word that means to withstand?

To endure is a verb that means to withstand, sustain or hold out against.

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Which words means to draw forth?

Evoke is a verb that means to draw forth or call up.

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What is the term that's related to old age?

Geriatric is an adjective that describes things relating to old age.

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Can you match the word that means almighty?

Omnipotent is an adjective that is used to describe things which are almighty and powerful.

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What does it mean to be extremely bad?

Abysmal is an adjective that means extremely bad or appalling.

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Which word means something that's forbidden?

Prohibit is a verb that means to outlaw, veto, or prevent.

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Can you match the word that means to share a secret?

Confide is a verb that means to share something hidden from most and only shared with a select group or specific person.

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Which word means to be kind?

Benevolent is an adjective that means kind or generous.

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What is the word that means to disprove?

Refute is a verb that means to prove something to be unfounded, untrue or incorrect.

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Which is the term that means unclear or vague?

Ambiguous is an adjective that means debatable, unclear, and open to more than one interpretation.

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