24 Common SAT Vocabulary Words

We all (hopefully) know that there are certain words that appear frequently on the SAT and ACT. These common words are selected because they are considered by the test makes to be indicative of a more advanced education. Students who have not mastered these terms, the thinking goes, also lack the academic rigor needed for challenging University curricula.

Here are 24 of the most common words that appear on the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT). Take a look at each word and think about what it means and how you would use it in a sentence. Then, download the free quiz and see how you do!

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  • aberration
  • abstinence
  • belittle
  • bequeath
  • cache
  • cacophony
  • dearth
  • debilitate
  • ebb
  • eclectic
  • facilitate
  • fallacy
  • galvanize
  • garbled
  • hackneyed
  • haphazard
  • iconoclast
  • immaterial
  • jargon
  • kindle
  • labyrinth
  • malicious
  • nomenclature
  • obliterate

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Allen Dobkin has been teaching children since 1999 and joined the Kentwood team in 2007. While his official training was in the Social Sciences at Florida Atlantic University, his background in business and technology has enabled him to bring essential twenty-first century skills to the classroom. His effectiveness and ongoing popularity with students and parents has pushed him from Middle School teacher to High School teacher, to High School Principal and finally to School Administrator overseeing the implementation of the Kentwood systems throughout the entire program. Mr. Dobkin has also advocated for Learning Disabled students in the public school system; designed curriculum materials for use in all classrooms; developed educational applications in Microsoft Excel and Google Drive/Docs. He is a published author and avid reader in the realm of speculative fiction.

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