If You Pass This Quiz, We'll Think You're a Vocabulary Expert

By: Monica Lee
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About This Quiz

"It's lit", "TBH" ... you already know that teens seem to have a lingo all their own, whereas doctors have a lexicon inundated with Greek and Latin roots. And when it comes to toddlers, their vocabulary only their parents can understand! Each person has a unique set of vocabulary words that come from a huge variety of sources. 

In general, a vocabulary is a list of words, phrases, abbreviations, exclamations and inflections that are understood by a particular faction, socioeconomic group, profession, or other types of associations. Luckily, in this quiz all you only need to focus on is the English language vocabulary. 

You'll be quizzed on the most common SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) vocabulary words. That means you can relax, since you won't find never-seen-before words, jargon or rare, scientific names to sort through. The SAT words are about medium difficulty and are tested in the context of reading a sentence. Just be sure to read all the options before you choose the best word to complete the sentence.  

A good vocabulary says so much about you. And if you pass this quiz, you can consider yourself an expert. But now it's time for you to shine. Challenge your friends to see who's the smartest of your group and let the games commence.  


"Julie had trouble understanding the appeal of the _______ painting." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"Although the task seemed daunting, she tackled it with patience and ________." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"As I played the first chord on my guitar, my performance anxiety quickly ______." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"A (An) ______ lifestyle, like that of hermits, isn’t for people who enjoy life's luxuries." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"I'm so disappointed, I got a (an) ________review on my performance evaluation." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"Today's restaurants have ______ foreign spices to better suit the tastes of our ethnically-diverse society." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"Society has never been the same since the _________ of the cellphone." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"A (An) ________ attitude will not make you popular among your coworkers." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"Her ___________ statement to the cops, made me question whether or not it was true." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"In order to _______ orders, you need to cater to your customer's need." What is the best word to fill in the blank?"

"Talking about reproduction can be awkward, that's why I welcomed the speaker's _______." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"I’d like to _________ on your excellent communication skills by promoting you to salesman." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"When you own over 50 percent of the company, you have the ______ to get things done." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"It wasn’t until after I booked the appointment that I realized the concert _________ with my meeting." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"Finding the right wine to _____________ the meal was difficult." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"Her __________ to continue the bedtime ritual made her the perfect candidate for the babysitting job." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"The main _________ is whether to pay higher premiums or pay for the dent out of pocket." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"According to the myth, the gods ________ him with the strength of a one hundred men." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"Billy _________ the situation by talking away her doll. Then the tears really started." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"Going bungee jumping was scary and __________ at the same time." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"You can ______ from his body language that he didn't agree with the speaker." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"I can't imagine politicians from both parties getting along in the ________ future." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

A vampire’s thirst for blood is said to be __________." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"Our _________concern was the safety of the villagers with the hurricane coming." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"The president was ______ from power in a military coup last night." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"I noticed a _____________ change in the richness of her bread pudding." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"His biggest _______ was making sure the different foods on his plate didn't touch each other." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"Charlie ______ agreed to go on the roller coaster even though he was afraid of heights." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"They saw the relationship between a king and his subjects as __________ to that of a teacher and students." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"Although we reported a growing trend, sales figures in September and January were __________." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"The antidote was able to ___________ the toxicity of the poison, saving her life." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"A diet _________in protein is harmful to children as it can stunt their mental and physical development." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"Her decisions would _____ on a daily basis, making it difficult to appease her." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"The broken doll was ______, so I replaced the torn leg so that it looked brand new." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

"The family had to live in ________ conditions until the electricity and water could be turned back on." What is the best word to fill in the blank?

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