Vocabulary Study for the SAT

<p>I've been reading a bunch of posts..
Am I incorrect in reading that many of the people here do not believe in studying WORD LISTS or Vocabulary?</p>

<p>If this is the case, I'm not really sure what we should be doing?
I'm a little confused about word lists vs. tricks/strategies...</p>

<p>Can someone enlighten me?</p>

<p>Yes, I'm a newbie mom to THIS site, but not a newbie</p>

<p>Reading through word lists is often a good idea. Direct Hits Volumes 1 and 2 are very efficient.</p>

<p>Actually, I think you are incorrect because most of the people here agree upon (Direct Hits) both editions for vocab.</p>

<p>Regarding the strategies and tricks, a guide done by silverturtle, 2400 scorer, will be released soon for free. I think it will be comprehensive and just to the point.</p>

<p>Forgot to say, Welcome to college Confidential :)</p>

<p>I never found lists all too practical. I raised my 680 to 800 but I consistently miss at least 1 sentence completion per exam. </p>

<p>My recommendation is to take a decent bunch of practice CR exams, while looking up the vocab AND practicing the rest together. Of course, if you aren't fortunate enough to have 10 practice SAT's lying around, word lists might be the next best. And if you're going to study these word lists, you may as well put them into good use outside the SAT.</p>

<p>^ I disagree. Going through Direct Hits is fast and effective.</p>

<p>Word list helps on the test, but one should encourage a kid to read widely starting at a young age. Reading alone could be good enough for very high scores (SAT and ACT).</p>

<p>Well I suppose it depends what your main problem is. My score was sub-700 so I needed a general approach the to the exam. If you're score is 750+, and you're only missing sentence completion, then by all means, spend your time elsewhere. </p>

<p>I scored just as high without using any long lists, but I already had a decent (but far from spectacular) base for vocabulary beforehand. My sister aced the CR test without practice or lists, but she also reads constantly.</p>

<p>I agree w/silverturtle. DirectHits was extremely effective for me...and it wasn't even that painful to go through.</p>