Can You Get More Than 11 Right on This SAT Words Test?

By: Talin Vartanian

Can You Get More Than 11 Right on This SAT Words Test?
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About This Quiz

The SAT is comprised of various sections, including math, reading, writing and an essay portion. For the writing and language section, you'll come face to face with a variety of difficult vocabulary words that you'll have to guess the definition of. To help prepare you for the SAT, we've come up with 35 questions to put your English language knowledge to the test!

Some questions in this quiz will ask you to name the synonym of the word. For example, what do you think the word "idyllic" is synonymous with? Is it happy, sad, stubborn or angry? The answer is happy, since "idyllic" means to feel wonderful or joyous in a particular situation. Another example would be "histrionic." While the word looks like it may pertain to history, it actually means that someone is being overly dramatic in nature. For example, "My sister is always so histrionic in personality."

Let's take a look at one more example. If I say "That new kid is pretty genial," what do you think that means? Is it friendly, depressed, stubborn or lazy? The answer is friendly, since "genial" means to have a warm and kind personality.

Now that you've seen what kind of questions are on this quiz, it's time to put your wits to the test by scoring at least 11 right now!

"Impoverished" is synonymous with which of these SAT words?
Destitute
The word "destitute" is a fancy way of saying impoverished or poor. It also comes from the Latin word, "destitutus."
Exhort
Indolent
Inane

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If you have "induced" somebody, you have...?
Shown them kindness
Convinced them
To "induce" somebody means to persuade or convince them to do a particular action. For example, "I induced Matt to study harder for his exams."
Outsmarted them
Been rude to them

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If somebody has "inherent" musical talent, what does that mean?
They are naturally talented with music.
When somebody has "inherent" talent or abilities, it means that it came naturally to them (also known as ingrained talent). For example, "Kevin always had inherent talent with drawing."
They don't enjoy music.
They love to play music.
They are not naturally talented with music.

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Somebody who is against violence is called a ...?
Rampant
Provident
Pacifist
A pacifist is somebody who is completely against violence (including war). Pacifists also believe that war and violence won't bring any good (or peace) to people.
Raucous

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Which of the following is the correct definition of "painstaking?"
To make a mistake
To be thorough with something
To be "painstaking" with something means to be thorough with it, or give it meticulous attention. For example, "Painstaking attention is required for the drawing of blueprints."
To be stubborn
To be lazy

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What is the meaning of "ostensible?"
A foul odor
A person's preference
When something is difficult
When something is not what it appears to be
When something is not what it appears to be, this is known as "ostensible." It's also synonymous with "alleged."

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To "prattle" is to ...?
Lie about something
Grow in size
Talk for a while about a particular subject
When somebody prattles or babbles about something, it means that they are endlessly talking about a particular subject. For example, "My aunt wouldn't stop prattling about her new purse."
Be foolish

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"Prodigious" is a fancy way of saying ...?
Really foul (in odor)
Really big
When something is really big or "giant" in size, it is called "prodigious." For example, "Dinosaurs used to be quite prodigious in size."
Really small
Really aromatic

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To "abate" something is to...?
Treat it with care
Terminate it
Increase it
Decrease it
When something is "abated," that means that it's decreased or declined in nature. For example, "Her grades have started to abate ever since she got a new boyfriend."

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To talk to someone in a bold manner is to ________ them.
Adroit
Accost
To "accost" someone is to boldly talk to them, or confront them. For example, "Jeff accosted Tim today about his bullying behavior."
Bog
Coalesce

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If a grocery store has a "surfeit" of produce, what does that mean?
They've lost their produce.
Their produce has gone bad.
They have too much produce.
When there is an excess, or too much, of something, this is referred to as "surfeit." For example, "I have a surfeit of socks in my drawer."
They don't have enough produce.

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To overly flatter somebody is to ...?
Toady them
To "toady" someone is to overly flatter them or "suck up" to them. For example, "This car salesman is being a real toady to us today."
Uncouth them
Urbane them
Lithe them

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If I say "This history class is so vapid," what does that mean?
It's interesting.
It's boring.
When something is bland or boring, it is called "vapid." For example, "I broke up with my boyfriend because his personality is so vapid."
It's tiring.
It's challenging.

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If someone is clumsy, what would you call them?
Verbose
Vacuous
Zealot
Ungainly
When somebody is clumsy in nature, they are often called "ungainly." For example, "Sandra Bullock's character in 'Miss Congeniality' was very ungainly."

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"Toxic" is another word for...?
Virulent
If something is "virulent," it means that it's toxic or poisonous. For example, "Lily of the Valley is quite virulent to humans."
Vocation
Solace
Scanty

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If I'm giving my art project "scrupulous" attention, what does that mean?
I don't care about my art project.
I'm being very attentive to my art project.
To give meticulous attention to something is to be "scrupulous." For example, "The Mona Lisa was painted with scrupulous detail."
I'm procrastinating on my art project.
My attention is diverted away from my art project.

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If someone is "shrewd," what does that mean?
Stubborn
Attractive
Intelligent
When someone is intelligent or clever, they are called "shrewd." For instance, "That new kid in school is pretty shrewd."
Unintelligent

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To "repudiate" someone is to...?
Scold them
Be kind to them
Provoke them
Reject them
To "repudiate" someone is to reject them, or abandon them (depending on the context). For instance, "I repudiated that guy who asked me out today."

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If you were "relegated" at your job, you were...?
Demoted
If someone was "relegated" at their job, it means they were demoted in rank. Another example would be, "I just found out I was relegated to a secretary position."
Promoted
Fired
Given a vacation

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What does the word "recluse" mean?
Someone who is aggressive in nature
Someone who loves to destroy things
Someone who loves to socialize
Someone who enjoys a lack of social interaction
If somebody lives like a hermit, or like a recluse, it means they enjoy living alone and without social interaction. For example, "I've become more of a recluse as I've gotten older."

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If you're going to "raze" something, like a building, you are going to ...?
Demolish it
To demolish something, like a building, is to "raze" it. For instance, "This building is going to be razed so we can build a school instead."
Build it
Design it
Pay for it

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If I say, "You have quixotic expectations as an aspiring actor," what does that mean?
You have unrealistic expectations as an aspiring actor.
When someone is starry-eyed or unrealistic about something, it means that they are being "quixotic." For example, "He has quixotic expectations about going to Princeton."
You have realistic expectations as an aspiring actor.
You are persistent as an aspiring actor.
You are not well-trained as an aspiring actor.

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What does "prosaic" mean?
Easy
Rare
Difficult
Common
If something is "prosaic," it means that it's common, ordinary and uninteresting. For example, "That new girl has such a prosaic personality."

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Someone who lies a lot is a ...?
Modicum
Prevaricator
A "prevaricator" is someone who lies on a frequent basis. For instance, "I don't trust my sister anymore, she's such a prevaricator."
Proponent
Laconic

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To be "judicious" is to be ...?
Lazy
Stubborn
Wise
To be "judicious" is to be wise or intelligent in nature. For example, "My grandma is the most judicious person I know."
Confused

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If I want to stay in bed all day and do nothing, I am being ...?
Ineffable
Indolent
If someone is lazy or lethargic, they are being "indolent." For example, "My cousin is always so indolent; he never wants to do anything."
Lucrative
Multifarious

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If someone is being "cheap" with their money, they are being...?
Marred
Nebulous
Miserly
If someone likes to "penny pinch" with regard to their money, they are being "miserly." For instance, "Ever since I lost my job, I've had to become more miserly with my money."
Quell

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If I say "This turkey is succulent," what does that mean?
Tasty
Tasty is synonymous with the word "succulent." Another example would be, "These mashed potatoes are succulent."
Rotten
Undercooked
Overcooked

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If something is "tenuous," it is ...?
Well-made
Poisonous
Strong
Weak
"Tenuous" simply means "weak" or "flimsy" in quality. For example, "Our alliance with the other team was tenuous, and we expected they would break it."

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If someone is stubborn, they are being ...?
Vigilant
Wayward
A headstrong or stubborn person is a wayward person. For example, "My mom is so wayward, she thinks she's always right."
Virulent
Trite

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Something that is strange is ...?
Uncanny
Supernatural concepts that are bizarre, such as aliens or ghosts, are considered to be "uncanny." Another example would be, "This house has an uncanny feel to it."
Unabashed
Urbane
Supercilious

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If I say "There were scant drinks at the party," what does that mean?
The drinks at the party were expensive.
There was an excess of drinks.
There were hardly any drinks.
If there is a small number, or very few, of something, than it is referred to as "scant." For example, "I got scant presents for Christmas."
The drinks at the party were colorful.

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To "rectify" something is to ...?
Reject it.
Fix it.
To rectify something is to fix it or amend it. For example, "I want to rectify my broken relationship with my friend."
Break it.
Design it.

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Someone who keeps their cool easily is ...?
Petulant
Peevish
Placid
If someone is placid in nature, it means that they are calm and can keep their cool easily. For example, "My dad is the most placid person I know."
Noxious

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If I say "My sister is so imperious," what does that mean?
She's bossy.
If someone is being imperious, it means that they are being bossy or arrogant. Another example would be, "The CEO of my company is the most imperious person in the corporate ladder."
She's messy.
She's organized.
She's kind.

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