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The Prospect knows that all you rising seniors are trying to nail your last SAT, and you ambitious juniors are already preparing to start testing in the spring, so we have compiled ten more SAT vocab words AND the tricks that will help you remember them. Happy test-taking, propsies (and as we always say at TP: may the odds be ever in your favor)!

Ire (n) – intense anger

I’ve tutored a fair amount of people for the SAT, and I’ve noticed that this seems to be a word that trips people up. I’ve found the best way to remember it is that ire is just fire without the f, and someone who is intensely angry is definitely fiery!

Circumvent (v) – to avoid, go around

So I told you all in my last article about my struggles with the word “circumlocution”, but I have a confession to make…almost any word beginning with “circum” throws me off. There is just so dang many of them, and they all look so similar. Of course, the plus side is all these words are going to mean going around SOMETHING, which is a helpful trick. For circumvent I just keep in mind that if there is a super hot vent, I’d probably want to go around it! And there you have it – circumvent!

Drivel (n) – meaningless babble

A good way to remember this one is that drivel isn’t far off from being dribble…a word I normally associate with babies, and I’ll be darned if meaningless babble isn’t a mainstay in baby language.

Jovial (a) – cheerful, merry

Jovial is basically just another word for jolly, the “jo” at the beginning will hopefully help you remember that!

Maladroit (a) – awkward, clumsy

I took French in high school, so I learned that “mal” means bad and “droit” means right. While “not right” isn’t EXACTLY what maladroit means, it isn’t far off. How many times have you clumsily trotted around the house and had your parents tell you that you weren’t right in the head? Oh…maybe that’s just my house…sorry guys!!!

Terse (a) – concise

A tense person is generally going to speak in a very terse fashion, and that terse trick is house you’re going to remember this word!

Dictum (n) – authoritative pronouncement, judicial assertion

We all learned in school that diction, word choice, is an important part of writing, and dictum is using words in an authoritative way.

Libel (n) – written or oral lie

The word even starts with li, which is really just lie minus an e!

Dogged (a) – determined

I’m fairly certain any of you with dogs can attest to there is nobody more dogged than a dog who wants yours food. Mine are currently eyeing the delicious microwave dorm food  that I’ve been practicing making.

Depravity (n) – evil, immorality

A good way  to remember this one is that those who are deprived of proper guidance often gain a far amount of depravity.



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Mollie Yacano is a freshman at Boston University studying marine science. She works in a biogeochemistry lab that studies human impact on coastal ecology, assisting with various grad student projects. Aside from being a science nerd, she is a self-diagnosed college admissions addict, and has been writing for TP almost since its inception. When she isn’t writing for The Prospect, she can be found instagramming her nail art, pretending to be witty on twitter, ranting about harmful algal blooms, and of course, wasting copious amounts of time on her personal Tumblr.

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