In this lesson, our instructor Rebekah Hendershot goes through an introduction on Some essential SAT vocabulary. She reviews the terms: urgent, unprecedented, arbitrary, constituent, tact, insolent, tyrannical, temperament, stringent, and repute.
(adj) requiring immediate action or attention; insistent in urging; importunate
Connected to urgency
I have an urgent message that you must read right away!
(adj) without precedent; never before known or appreciated
In an unprecedented act of generosity, Bill Gates gave his entire fortune to charity.
(adj) unreasonable or unsupported
Our teacher made the arbitrary decision to give us extra math homework just because it was Tuesday.
(n) serving to make up a thing; component
Connected to constituency
Eggs are an important constituent of any omelette.
(n) skill in dealing with difficult or delicate situations
Connected to tactful
The diplomat began the peace negotiations with the utmost tact; he didnt mention the fact that the opposing leader had started the war.
(adj) insulting in manner or speech
Connected to insolence
The insolent student announced to the class that a chimpanzee could teach math better than Mr. Brooks.
(adj) Unjustly cruel or severe
Connected to tyranny and tyrant
The king made tyrannical laws against smiling, laughing, and dancing in public.
(n) the combination of mental and emotional traits of a person; nature
Connected to temperamental
Walters nervous temperament makes him ill-suited to his work as a firefighter; he jumps every time the fire bell rings.
(adj) rigorously binding or exacting; strict
The stringent new dress code insists that all students wear nothing but black pants and white shirts to school each day.
(v) to consider, believe
Connected to reputable, reputation, and disrepute
He is reputed to be the fastest runner in the state, and I certainly have a hard time keeping up with him!
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 4
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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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