PickyKidPix just turned 13 years old and she’s quite the long-term planner. Because she intends to get a high score on the SAT test four years from now, she’s taken immediate steps to improve her vocabulary.
The first thing she did was sign up for Latin for 7th grade based on the assumption that Latin, with its roots and suffixes, will help her break down unfamiliar words.
She asked me how I scored a decent but in no way perfect score on my SAT 30+ years ago. I told her that I memorized a box of 1000 SAT vocabulary cards over one summer. It really worked for me; my SAT verbal score went up a whopping 600 points! One of my college roommates got similar results by memorizing the dictionary.
Rich Vocabulary Part 1: Learning more words
PickyKidPix asked for a deck of SAT vocabulary cards and I found her this one that has pictures for 200 commonly used SAT words.
The key is repetition. We review the words over three or four sessions before moving on. PickyKidPix also tries to use these words in conversation at home as well.
Free SAT Vocabulary Flashcard Resources
FREE online SAT vocabulary game created by a teen!
100 Most Common SAT words (with audio for pronunciation)
350 Free SAT Flashcards from Magoosh (these are good because you can’t see the answer until you hit a button and they are grouped in smaller sets of 50)
This post is part of a four-part series to help PickyKidPix with her writing, and hopefully other kids too on:
- How to Use the Comma
- Rich Vocabulary Part 1: Learning more words
- Rich Vocabulary Part 2: Using the Thesaurus
- The Art of Editing: Analyzing sentence structure and Taking Several Passes
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