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?

The correct answer is "abstract," which means it exists purely in the mind and does not represent actual reality. Thus someone could have trouble understanding something abstract.

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

"Persistence" means firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.

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

"Abate" is a verb and means to become less active or less intense. It is the most accurate word to complete this sentence.

"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?

Since "austere" means extremely plain, stern and forbidding and relating to self-denial, it is the best answer among the options.

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

"Abysmal" means extremely bad and is a better choice when interpreting the sentence's intent.

"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?

"Adapted" is a verb and means to make suit a new purpose or to accommodate oneself to a new condition, setting, or situation.

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

"Advent" means the arrival of something (usually historic). When looking back on the introduction of cellphones, there will be much written about this age of communication.

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

Hostile attitudes usually don't make you popular with anyone, especially coworkers who need to work as a team.

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

When someone skirts around the truth, they may answer ambiguously so as not to be pinned down. The dictionary definition of ambiguous is "unclear or vague in meaning".

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

The definition of "boost" is similar whether you use it as a noun or verb, it means to increase or make grow.

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

For all questions in this quiz, the most accurate answer is the one that works best in the context of the sentence.

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

In this sentence, "capitalize" means to use to your advantage. However "capitalize" also means to provide capital or funds to a company or industry, it all depends on the context.

"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?

"Clout" means having a special advantage or in a powerful position. As a trivia player, you have clout with us.

"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?

"Coincide" means to happen at the same time, be concurrent, concur or coexist. A faster way to say what happened in the above sentence is, "The events coincided".

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

"Complement" means to make perfect or complete. While "compliment" means an expression of praise or admiration.

"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?

"Deference" means respect and regard. Establishing a bedtime routine is important to parents of infants and toddlers, and a babysitter who defers to this ritual is a good candidate for the job.

"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?

A dilemma is a problem, in this case, increased insurance premiums, that requires a choice between two options.

"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?

"Endowed" means to equip or bestow someone or something with a quality or ability. It works better with the context than "allow".

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

"Exacerbated" is to make worse or increase the severity of a situation. Take away a toy from a toddler and see what happens!

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

Exhilarating means making one feel very happy, animated or elated. From the context, the sentence is missing an opposing emotion to "scary".

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

"Infer" means to guess, conclude or derive by reasoning. His body language provided enough hints, clues or indications to infer what he was thinking.

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

"Foreseeable" means capable of being predicted or anticipated. "The foreseeable future," basically means "as far in the future as I can predict."

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

"Insatiable" means impossible to satisfy. Synonyms include unquenchable and uncontrollable.

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

"Paramount" means more important than anything else, predominant, superior, as well as most important.

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

"Ousted" means to remove or force out of a position or office. It can also mean removed from a place. For example: "The security guards ousted the drunk from the concert."

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

Qualitative means to describe the quality of something in size, appearance or value. Such adjectives can be sub-modified by words such as very and have comparative and superlative forms.

"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?

A "quirk" is a peculiar behavioral habit. You could also use idiosyncrasy, peculiarity, oddity, eccentricity or foible to describe a quirk.

"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?

Reluctant means not wanting to do something and therefore slow to do it. Or doing something in an unwilling and hesitant way.

"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?

If one thing is analogous to another, the two things are similar in some way. In biology it means performing a similar function but having a different evolutionary origin, such as the wings of insects and birds.

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

An "anomaly" is something that deviates from what is standard, normal or expected. The word "although" should have clued you into choosing this word.

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

"Counteract" means to act against (something) in order to reduce its force or neutralize it. Other words that mean the same thing include prevent, thwart, frustrate and foil.

"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?

"Deficient" means lacking in some element or characteristic. Defective can also be used to describe deficient.

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

"Fluctuate" means to change continually, or shift back and forth. You can also use this word to describe something that varies irregularly.

"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?

"Pitiable" in the above sentence means evoking or deserving pity. It can also mean deserving contemptuous pity.

"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?

"Squalid" means foul and repulsive, as from lack of care or cleanliness. It can also mean neglected and filthy.

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