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Essential SAT Vocab: Part 6

  • ascertain
    • (v) to find out, as through investigation or experimentation
    • Connected to certainty and certain
    • The detective investigated for several days before he could ascertain who had committed the murder.
  • commend
    • (v) to mention as worthy of confidence or attention
    • Connected to commendable, commendation, and recommend
    • I commend to you my friend Timothy; he is the most trustworthy person I know.
  • dispense
    • (v) to deal out, distribute; to do without, do away with
    • Connected to dispensable and dispensation
    • The vending machine can dispense candy and snacks.
    • We can dispense with the formalities; stop shaking my hand and tell me what you want.
  • capricious
    • (adj) impulsive and unpredictable
    • Connected to caprice and capriciousness
    • The capricious fairy turned the man into a donkey just because it amused him.
  • atypical
    • (adj) not typical; irregular
    • Connected to typical
    • A blizzard is atypical weather for the middle of summer.
  • articulate
    • (adj) uttered clearly; capable of, expressed with, or marked by clarity and effectiveness of language
    • Connected to articulation and article
    • The ambassador was a highly articulate speaker; he expressed himself clearly even though English was not his native language.
  • arouse
    • (v) to stir up; to excite
    • Connected to arousing, arousal, and rousing
    • A good mystery can always arouse my curiosity; I love a puzzle.
  • apathetic
    • (adj) feeling or showing little emotion
    • Connected to apathy, sympathy, and empathy
    • I am apathetic about football; I don’t care which team wins or even which one is your favorite.
  • enigma
    • (n) a puzzle, mystery or riddle
    • Connected to enigmatic
    • The Voynich Manuscript is a famous enigma; its code is so perfect that no one can read any of its words or even figure out what some of its illustrations depict.
  • reverence
    • (n) a high opinion of something; admiration
    • Connected to reverent and reverend
    • He has such a reverence for Elvis Presley that he has memorized every Elvis song.
  • 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 6

Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.

  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:13
  • Ways to Improve Your Vocabulary 0:37
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  • Ascertain 1:16
  • Commend 1:46
  • Dispense 2:14
  • Capricious 2:59
  • Atypical 3:28
  • Articulate 4:00
  • Arouse 5:05
  • Apathetic 5:35
  • Enigma 6:28
  • Reverence 7:00