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SAT Vocabulary Words Starting With A

Can you guess the definitions of these words that commonly appear on the Scholastic Aptitude Test?
Last updated: March 30, 2019
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1. Abate (verb)
To modify by a small amount
To make less intense
To exploit selfishly
To stir discontent
Example: The storm abated during the night and by morning the weather was clear
2. Austere (adjective)
Conducive to success
Severe; lacking ornament
Invigorating
Insufficient
Example: I am a man of reserved, cold, austere and forbidding manners
3. Acumen (noun)
Candor
Shrewdness
Toxicity
Vivacity
Example: With my business acumen and your scientific know-how, we can hardly fail
4. Anathema (noun)
Something that one vehemently dislikes
A potion
Din; cacaphony
A sudden reversal in fortune
Example: Studying for the SAT was anathema to the star football player
5. Affluent (adjective)
Honest
Wealthy
Generous
Related to fluids
Example: 95% of students at Ivy League universities come from affluent households
6. Ambivalent (adjective)
Poorly defined
Uninteresting
Having contradictory feelings about something
Ecstatic
Example: Modern Britons are often ambivalent about Winston Churchill
7. Archetype (noun)
A person who opposes conventional ideas
One who is rejected from society
An ideal example of something
Something that is possible
Example: Leonardo da Vinci was the archetype of a Renaissance Man
8. Ascetic (noun)
An acid
One who practices strict self-denial
A person devoted to helping others
A medicine that is effective but difficult to tolerate
Example: The ascetic lived in his humble cell, eating just one plain meal a day
9. Adulation (noun)
A large windfall
False hope
Excessive praise or flattery
Nonsense
Example: At first he enjoyed the adulation of the masses, but he soon grew tired of posing for photographs with starstruck fans
10. Abscond (verb)
To buy a political favor
To criticize harshly
To leave suddenly and secretly
To dig for gold or other precious metals
Example: The barkeeper absconded with the cash from the till and was never seen again
11. Antipathy (noun)
Something that is not well designed
A feeling of dislike
Extreme greed
Something passed down in a will
Example: He professed antipathy towards Nickleback, but secretly he liked them
12. Ardent (adjective)
Needlessly expensive
Passionate
Angular; pointed
Very stupid
Example: He was an ardent supporter of the Boston Red Sox
13. Audacious (adjective)
Bold; reckless
Fiscally conservative
Completely immoral
Related to music
Example: The thief hatched an audacious plan to rob a bank in broad daylight
14. Alacrity (noun)
Fear
Affected disinterest
Enthusiasm and promptness
Bitterness
Example: He accepted the dinner invitation with alacrity
15. Anthology (noun)
Secret knowledge
A collection of writings
A proposed schedule
A polite lie
Example: She had been published in an anthology of young poets
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level 82
Mar 30, 2019
15/15 first try. Maybe I should retake the SAT. Do they let you do that when you're over 40?
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level 75
Mar 30, 2019
Yeah, I noticed that my vocabulary seems to have grown in the last 40 years.
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level ∞
Mar 31, 2019
You're not alone. Research has shown that vocabulary improves with age, and doesn't peak until late in life.
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level 76
Apr 6, 2019
^ I mean... the reverse would be quite concerning. Imagine having peak vocab aged 12 and then just forgetting it all.
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level 82
Mar 30, 2019
I think a better definition of archetype would be an original or typical example, not an ideal example.
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level 75
May 14, 2019
that would be an odd usage though I can see how the way the word is commonly used it would lead to people thinking that.
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level 58
May 14, 2019
I concur, considering the meaning of the greek arché is beginning, origin (among other things).
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level 62
Mar 30, 2019
How about GRE vocab quizzes? Then I'm studying through procrastination :-)
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level ∞
Mar 31, 2019
Honestly, the GRE vocab list is pretty similar to the SAT. Which makes sense as college students don't learn much.
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level 62
Mar 31, 2019
I challenge: https://www.prepscholar.com/gre/blog/gre-vs-sat/ #12; https://education.seattlepi.com/similar-gre-sat-1357.html :-) The GRE tests incredibly obscure words as well as the more obscure definitions of common words. The math is supposedly easier, but I hate the whole shebang
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level ∞
Mar 31, 2019
I guess you are right. They made some changes to the SAT in 2016 to remove a lot of the vocab. The reason for my original statement is that test-prep sites seemed to have the same words on both their SAT and GRE lists.
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level 75
Mar 30, 2019
Typo in the instructions: "commonly in appear"
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level ∞
Mar 31, 2019
Fixed
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level 58
Mar 31, 2019
Is this how students are tested in America? Depends on luck rather than knowledge ! You have 1 change in 4 that it is right, even if you have no idea.
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level ∞
Mar 31, 2019
On a large enough test, luck is not going to play that large a role. Interestingly enough, the SAT used to penalize incorrect guesses. They changed it because they found that girls were more afraid to guess than boys and it was hurting their scores.
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level 67
May 16, 2019
Did the predictive value of the scores change when they removed the guessing penalty?
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level 69
Mar 31, 2019
So this test determines who can go to uni/college? Far from ideal but still much better than the German way, which only takes into account the final graduation grade in most cases.
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level 82
Mar 31, 2019
It doesn't 'determine'...it is one of many factors. Each Uni/College has its own standards, but generally, they look at things like: average grade through all 4 years of high school, grades for final year of HS, grade trend through HS, (academic) awards, participation in extra-curricular activities, writing skills, and SAT/ACT test scores.
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level 76
Apr 1, 2019
Huh... Turns out the acid is spelled "acetic".
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level 47
May 14, 2019
I chose "acid" too,resulting in a 14 out of 15 score.
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level 74
Apr 1, 2019
the example on number 11 lol
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level 75
Apr 2, 2019
Do I smell a vocab series in the works? Yayyyyyy
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level 53
May 7, 2019
I officially would fail the SAT
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level 78
May 14, 2019
Well this is just vocabulary. There are also sections based on reading and math, so if you’re good at those you’d probably be fine.

Although if you suck at those as well, then you might not have a fun time :)
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level 75
May 14, 2019
easy
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level 69
May 14, 2019
Love the Nickleback sentence
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level 27
May 14, 2019
I clicked this thinking these were words from SATs (National Curriculum assessment) here in England but I clearly guess wrong after seeing the first vocabulary word...
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level 59
May 14, 2019
Pretty sure they ditched the vocabulary section of the SAT, but these were definitely the kinds of words that appeared when it was included.
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level 32
May 14, 2019
Learned 9 new words!
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level 36
May 14, 2019
I bet you everyone feels that way about Nickleback.
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level 52
May 15, 2019
'Cacophony' in the second option of the fourth question is spelt wrong.
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level 27
May 16, 2019
how would yr6 kids know these words, I'm in yr13 and guessed them all!
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level 48
May 21, 2019
I read this wrong and was about to write a comment... this isnt a test you take when you get out of kindergarten, but before you go to university.. but like I said I misread..and thought 6yo and 13 years.
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level 48
May 21, 2019
And really, all? I am from a non english speaking country and only 3 words were new to me. (or atleast unknown enough that I couldnt give you a definition) Which were acumen, adulation and abscond. Adulation made me think of undulation and steared me in the wrong direction.