In this lesson, our instructor Rebekah Hendershot goes through an introduction on Some essential SAT vocabulary. She reviews the terms: ascertain, commend, dispense, capricious, atypical, articulate, arouse, apathetic, enigma, and reverence.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(adj) impulsive and unpredictable
Connected to caprice and capriciousness
The capricious fairy turned the man into a donkey just because it amused him.
(adj) not typical; irregular
Connected to typical
A blizzard is atypical weather for the middle of summer.
(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.
(v) to stir up; to excite
Connected to arousing, arousal, and rousing
A good mystery can always arouse my curiosity; I love a puzzle.
(adj) feeling or showing little emotion
Connected to apathy, sympathy, and empathy
I am apathetic about football; I dont care which team wins or even which one is your favorite.
(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.
(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
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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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