Vocabulary Building

Sentence Completion – Using Root Words

Sentence completion questions are a big part of the critical reading portion of the SAT and you can do much better on this section by using root words correctly. Yesterday’s post used the root word “phil” but do you know these words? philately  philharmonic  philogynist  philologist  philology  philosophize  philosophy Even without knowing the exact meaning…

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Test Prep Vocabulary – tumult

Today’s Test Prep Vocabulary:  tumult tumult – disorderly agitation, turbulent uprising Word Building: tumere – to be excited or to swell (Latin) Sample Sentence: The Middle East is in a state of almost constant tumult. photo credit  Thanks to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary for some interesting trivia concerning the word tumult.

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Test Prep Vocabulary – asylum

Today’s Test Prep Vocabulary:  asylum a shelter from harm, a sanctuary, a refuge Word Building: asylum – sanctuary (Latin) asylon – a – without; syle – seizure (Greek) Sample Sentence: Almost a week after Hurricane Sandy, many people still find themselves seeking asylum. photo credit To find out more about the Sudanese Lost Boys or…

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Vocabulary Building – Good Word vs. Bad Word

Vocabulary building is an important skill for college testing. There are often words on the SAT, and even in the critical reading section of the ACT although the ACT does not have a vocabulary section per se, that students have never heard of. How you hear these unknown words can improve your score. Simply ask…

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Vocabulary Building – Learning Latin

One of the questions I am asked most often is how to improve vocabulary. Having worked in local high schools for many years, I am familiar with many of the vocabulary lists well-meaning high school English teachers give their students. List after list of unconnected words or perhaps, to state it more accurately, words connected…

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