In this lesson, our instructor Rebekah Hendershot goes through an introduction on Some essential SAT vocabulary. She reviews the terms: benevolent, equanimity, amass, dilettante, deference, congenial, bewilder, benefactor, and demagogue.
The benevolent old man used his fortune to pay tuition for poor students who could not afford to go to school.
(adj) foreign; not native; strikingly unusual or strange, as in appearance
The exoticfood on Nawangs table smelled strange but tasted very good, so we asked for the recipe.
(n) composure, especially under strain; evenness
His equanimity was so great that he didnt even frown or sweat while taking the SAT.
(v) to collect; to accumulate
Over 20 years, he amassed a collection of nearly five thousand old and rare books.
(n) a person who takes up an art, activity, or subject for amusement, especially in a superficial way; dabbler
Serious archers consider him a dilettante because he doesnt practice very much and he shows up to archery tournaments dressed as Robin Hood.
(n) respectful yielding to the opinion or will of another.
Connected to deferential
She treated her grandmother with great deference, respectfully letting the older woman have her way in everything.
(adj) agreeable or suitable in nature
Connected to genial and congeniality
The valley had rich soil that was very congenial to farming.
Sally was named Miss Congeniality at the beauty pageant because she was very kind and friendly even though she wasnt the most beautiful girl there.
(v) to confuse or puzzle completely
Connected to bewilderment
Its easy to bewilder my dog; just show him a mirror and watch him try to sniff the other dog in his reflection.
(n) a kindly helper; a person who makes a bequest or endowment characterized by goodwill; desiring to help others
Connected to benediction and malefactor
The kindly old man was a benefactor to the students whose tuition he paid.
(n) a an orator or political leader who gains power by arousing peoples emotions and prejudices
Connected to demagoguery and demagogic
The senator was a demagogue;he was always whipping up voters passions by blaming all their problems on outsiders.
Recommended supplementary material to view SAT questions featured in lesson answer guides: The Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board.
Essential SAT Vocab: Part 2
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Educator.com recommends The Official SAT Study Guide published by The College Board, the administrators of the actual SAT test. In it, you will find additional practice questions and a review of all subjects, along with 10 official SAT practice tests. Our instructors work through several of the practice tests in real time, going through their thought processes and test-taking tips.
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