SAT Vocabulary Words Starting With A

Can you guess the definitions of these words that commonly appear on the Scholastic Aptitude Test?
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Last updated: September 21, 2019
First submittedMarch 30, 2019
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1. Abate (verb)
To stir discontent
To exploit selfishly
To make less intense
To modify by a small amount
Example: The storm abated during the night and by morning the weather was clear
2. Austere (adjective)
Invigorating
Insufficient
Conducive to success
Severe; lacking ornament
Example: I am a man of reserved, cold, austere and forbidding manners
3. Acumen (noun)
Toxicity
Vivacity
Candor
Shrewdness
Example: With my business acumen and your scientific know-how, we can hardly fail
4. Anathema (noun)
A potion
Din; cacophony
Something that one vehemently dislikes
A sudden reversal in fortune
Example: Studying for the SAT was anathema to the star football player
5. Affluent (adjective)
Generous
Related to fluids
Honest
Wealthy
Example: 95% of students at Ivy League universities come from affluent households
6. Ambivalent (adjective)
Having contradictory feelings about something
Ecstatic
Uninteresting
Poorly defined
Example: Modern Britons are often ambivalent about Winston Churchill
7. Archetype (noun)
An ideal example of something
Something that is possible
A person who opposes conventional ideas
One who is rejected from society
Example: Leonardo da Vinci was the archetype of a Renaissance Man
8. Ascetic (noun)
A person devoted to helping others
A medicine that is effective but difficult to tolerate
An acid
One who practices strict self-denial
Example: The ascetic lived in his humble cell, eating just one plain meal a day
9. Adulation (noun)
Nonsense
Excessive praise or flattery
A large windfall
False hope
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 leave suddenly and secretly
To buy a political favor
To criticize harshly
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)
Extreme greed
A feeling of dislike
Something passed down in a will
Something that is not well designed
Example: He professed antipathy towards Nickleback, but secretly he liked them
12. Ardent (adjective)
Very stupid
Needlessly expensive
Passionate
Angular; pointed
Example: He was an ardent supporter of the Boston Red Sox
13. Audacious (adjective)
Fiscally conservative
Completely immoral
Bold; reckless
Related to music
Example: The thief hatched an audacious plan to rob a bank in broad daylight
14. Alacrity (noun)
Affected disinterest
Bitterness
Enthusiasm and promptness
Fear
Example: He accepted the dinner invitation with alacrity
15. Anthology (noun)
A collection of writings
A polite lie
Secret knowledge
A proposed schedule
Example: She had been published in an anthology of young poets
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Level 85
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 80
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 77
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 89
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 80
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 67
May 14, 2019
I concur, considering the meaning of the greek arché is beginning, origin (among other things).
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Level 65
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 65
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 80
Mar 30, 2019
Typo in the instructions: "commonly in appear"
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Level ∞
Mar 31, 2019
Fixed
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Level 60
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 69
May 16, 2019
Did the predictive value of the scores change when they removed the guessing penalty?
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Level 73
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 89
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 77
Apr 1, 2019
Huh... Turns out the acid is spelled "acetic".
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Level 77
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 80
May 14, 2019
easy
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Level 73
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 65
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 64
May 14, 2019
Learned 9 new words!
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Level 41
May 14, 2019
I bet you everyone feels that way about Nickleback.
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Level 67
May 15, 2019
'Cacophony' in the second option of the fourth question is spelt wrong.
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Level ∞
Sep 21, 2019
Fixed