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Post by sally johnson on June 5, 2014

i am a sophomore going into the junior year this fall.
i was wondering what books should i read?
My first SAT practice test i got was a 1340.
not really what i want.
i got a 380 on reading which is terrible for me.
i have been practicing a lot lately.
so Im just wondering what books can i read?
another question is what did you get as your SAT score?
and how can i study to increase my reading score?

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Post by Arvind Ganesh on February 16, 2014

Is Deference connected to Defiance?

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Last reply by: Professor Hendershot
Mon Aug 26, 2013 1:00 PM

Post by HARRISON IGWE on August 26, 2013

hi my name is amarachi and i have written the sat before and got a score of 1450. i want to know if its possible to get a higher score d next time i write the sat, and i also want u to help me find out the score range i need to get in the next sat i write, so that i can get a scholarship to johns Hopkins school of medicine.

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Last reply by: Professor Hendershot
Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:39 PM

Post by rozina shuaib on January 15, 2013

hi, my name is wajeeha and I just want to know how should I prepare myself for SAT. 2 months left for me to take SAT and I have to take AP English exam too. my email is

Essential SAT Vocab: Part 2

  • benevolent
    • (adj) marked by or disposed to doing good.
    • Connected to benevolenceand beneficial
    • The benevolentold man used his fortune to pay tuition for poor students who could not afford to go to school.
  • exotic
    • (adj) foreign; not native; strikingly unusual or strange, as in appearance
    • The exoticfood on Nawang’s table smelled strange but tasted very good, so we asked for the recipe.
  • equanimity
    • (n) composure, especially under strain; evenness
    • His equanimitywas so great that he didn’t even frown or sweat while taking the SAT.
  • amass
    • (v) to collect; to accumulate
    • Over 20 years, he amasseda collection of nearly five thousand old and rare books.
  • dilettante
    • (n) a person who takes up an art, activity, or subject for amusement, especially in a superficial way; dabbler
    • Serious archers consider him a dilettantebecause he doesn’t practice very much and he shows up to archery tournaments dressed as Robin Hood.
  • deference
    • (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.
  • congenial
    • (adj) agreeable or suitable in nature
    • Connected to genialand congeniality
    • The valley had rich soil that was very congenialto farming.
    • Sally was named “Miss Congeniality” at the beauty pageant because she was very kind and friendly even though she wasn’t the most beautiful girl there.
  • bewilder
    • (v) to confuse or puzzle completely
    • Connected to bewilderment
    • It’s easy to bewildermy dog; just show him a mirror and watch him try to sniff the other dog in his reflection.
  • benefactor
    • (n) a kindly helper; a person who makes a bequest or endowment characterized by goodwill; desiring to help others
    • Connected to benedictionand malefactor
    • The kindly old man was a benefactorto the students whose tuition he paid.
  • demagogue
    • (n) a an orator or political leader who gains power by arousing people’s emotions and prejudices
    • Connected to demagogueryand 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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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:11
  • Ways to Improve Your Vocabulary 0:31
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  • Benevolent 1:16
  • Exotic 1:59
  • Equanimity 2:34
  • Amass 3:02
  • Dilettante 3:24
  • Deference 4:01
  • Congenial 4:28
  • Bewilder 5:22
  • Benefactor 5:47
  • Demagogue 6:55