List of 1000 SAT Vocabulary Words with Latin and Greek Roots

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This is a PDF document that you are welcome to download, link to, or print out with 1,000 of the most common SAT Vocab words.  Along with the words and definitions, the list provides Latin and Greek Roots along with the use of the words in a sentence.  These are the same words that are featured on the SAT Vocab Flashcards here on  I hope this helps you do well on the the SAT and PSAT tests!  Teachers and tutors are welcome to use this for their classes and tutoring sessions. 


SAT Vocabulary List



What is the Best Book to Use to Prepare for the SAT and PSAT?

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The quality of SAT test preparation books is much higher than that of ACT test preparation books.  Why?  The SAT is much more popular in areas – large cities on the East and West Coast of the United States –   where parents invest significantly more money in test preparation for their students.  As a result, the market for creating high quality SAT test prep questions is far more competitive than it is for ACT test prep questions.  With more competition comes higher quality.  So, if you are looking for test prep materials for the SAT, you will find much more out there that is very solid to utilize. 

I have worked with a number of books over the years for the SAT:  Princeton Review, Barron’s, Kaplan, Gruber’s and others.  Overall, these are all of pretty good quality to use for practice for the SAT and PSAT.  However, the very best book to use is “The Official SAT Study Guide” from the College Board.  You can find it here:

Why is this?  Because it has 10 previously used SAT tests.  Even though it has very little in terms of strategy, it does have a decent content review for the Math and Writing sections.  Most importantly, it will give you the best replication of what you will find on the actual SAT because it comes right from the makers of the test. 

Since the SAT book has no solid answer explanations and little strategy, I have created several hundred practice questions of my own that are designed to be a bit harder than the actual SAT so that when you take the real thing, it seems easier.  Additionally, each question has a video solution so you can see how to think through the question.  I hope that they will provide a helpful resource to do targeted, in-depth practice for you as you prepare for the SAT:


6 Ways to Improve Your Vocabulary for the SAT, PSAT, GRE and Other Major Tests

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While going through a list and making your own flashcards for hundreds of words will work, there are lots of ways that you can build your vocabulary for the SAT and other tests without it having to be a complete pain.  Here are 6 suggestions:


1.  Look Up Words As You Read.  When I was in high school, I did this and it really helped.  Every time I came across a word I did not know in a book, I underlined it and looked it up in my massive dictionary.  Now, things are far easier.  If you have an e-book reader such as an Ipad or a Kindle, you can easily look up words with just the touch of a button.  If you have a computer or smartphone nearby while you read, go to Google and type in define: and then write in the word.  For examples, type in “define: magnanimous”, and it will give you all the definitions. 


2.  Read Great Books.  If you limit yourself to reading Facebook and Twitter posts, you’re unlikely to make much vocab improvement.  The higher the quality of books, blogs and magazines you read, the better your vocab will be.  Here are some suggestions for some books/magazines that will help you improve both your reading comprehension and vocabulary:


3.  SAT Vocabulary Novels.  In recent years, several authors and companies have put together novels that incorporate lots of words that you will find on the SAT and PSAT.  They fall into two categories:  (A) novels written in a teenage style that imitate popular books like Twilight and (B) older novels that happen to have lots of SAT vocab, like Frankenstein.  Please go here for an up-to-date list of these sorts of books:


4.  Audio Books.  If you are someone who is in the car quite a bit or does a sport like cross country or swimming, you may want to find an audio book you can put on your MP3 player and learn vocabulary as you do whatever you’re doing.  Some suggestions for audio books:


5.  Take Greek, Latin or any European Foreign Language.   The English language uses word roots from a variety of places.  If you take Greek or Latin, you will be able to recognize the roots of words in difficult English vocabulary, aiding your memorization.  Taking any foreign language that contributes word roots to English can only help your quest to improve your English vocabulary. 


6.  Free Vocabulary Learning System.  You can use my SAT Vocabulary Flashcard App whenever you would like.  It has 1000 SAT/PSAT words, word root hints, usage of the words in sentences and most likely definitions:


No matter how you learn the vocabulary, embed it into your memory by using it over and over again in your daily conversations and your writing. 

I hope you found this helpful – if so, please share it with your friends.  Thanks, Brian Stewart

Order of Difficulty of the Questions on the SAT and PSAT

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There is a definite order of difficulty with which the questions on the SAT and PSAT appear.  By knowing the order of difficulty of the questions, you will know when you should watch out for careless mistakes and when you should be sure to allow more time to contemplate the question.  You will also realize when it might make sense to skip a question due to time considerations, since all questions are worth the same number of points. 

The general rule for question difficulty on the SAT and PSAT is as follows:  When you have a different type of question that does NOT involve paragraphs, the questions begin over in order of difficulty.  In other words, the reading & the paragraph improvement writing questions have a random order of difficulty while the math, vocab, the writing sentence error and the writing improving sentences questions do go in order of difficulty. 

Here is a more explicit presentation of the order of difficulty of the different types of questions on the sections of the SAT:

SAT Critical Reading Section:

  • Vocabulary Sentence Completion Questions – Go from Easy to Hard
  • Reading Passage Questions– Random Order of Difficulty
    • Most students find the difficulty of the SAT Reading Passages to go in this order from most difficult to least difficult:  1. Passage 1 & Passage 2; 2. Fiction 3. Non-Fiction. 

SAT Math Section:

  • Multiple Choice Math Questions – Go from Easy to Hard
  • Math Fill-in Questions– Go from Easy to Hard
    • When you do the math section with the fill-ins, the first 8 questions are multiple choice, and they go easy to hard.  When you start on the fill-ins, they begin over again going from easy to hard. 

SAT Writing Section:

  • Improving Sentences Questions – Go from Easy to Hard
  • Identifying Sentence Error Questions – Go from Easy to Hard
  • Improving Paragraph Questions – Random Order of Difficulty
  • Since there is only one Essay question, no need to worry about its order of difficulty!

I hope you have found this summary helpful.  If so, I would invite you to share it with your friends.  Thanks, Brian Stewart

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