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How to boost my vocabulary skills?

PhysicsIsNotPhunPhysicsIsNotPhun Registered User Posts: 28 Junior Member
So on the ERW, my biggest problem is intricate vocabulary (like how I used a big word there??!). Like when the question asks for "(insert word)" can also mean A. B. C. D. and which one is it. Sometimes, the choices are just obscure words I have never heard of in my life so if anyone can give me tips on how to make my vocabulary better in a relatively short period of time, that would be amazing.

Replies to: How to boost my vocabulary skills?

  • kasdnfjkasdnfj Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Questions like that tend to rely a lot more on context than on knowing the specific definition of words. I think it would be more worth your while to practice figuring out vocab within the context of a story than to spend hours memorizing words you probably won't see on the test. That being said, the best way to get a better vocabulary is reading or consuming media which uses higher levels of vocabulary.
  • marvin100marvin100 Registered User Posts: 9,691 Senior Member
    Reading a lot is the best way, but the fastest way is to memorize a few thousand of the most common words (there are ~6000 "SAT words" and most students already know 2-4000 of them). A motivated student can lock literally all the vocab down in under a month.
  • bako225bako225 Registered User Posts: 15 Junior Member
  • RuberiRuberi Registered User Posts: 17 Junior Member
    What kind of books would you recommend that would be helpful with the SAT vocab?
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