Tip #7 to Get a Top SAT Critical Reading Score
Some say that to build your vocabulary, you must munch your toast with The New York Times and take Shakespeare to the beach. These are great suggestions that will certainly benefit you in many ways, but even without The New York Times and Shakespeare you are already constantly surrounded by great vocabulary. So to build your vocab, you can also use what's already in front of you. Let's start with movies. Movies contain a ton of SAT vocab words.
Here' a great example from the movie Juno (Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2007):
Juno: No, this is not a food baby all right? I've taken like three pregnancy tests, and I'm forshizz up the spout.
Leah: How did you even generate enough pee for three pregnancy tests? That's amazing. . . .
Juno: I don't know, I drank like, ten tons of Sunny D. Anyway dude, I'm telling you I'm pregnant and you're acting shockingly cavalier.
What did Juno mean by "cavalier"? You can get it from the words around it. Juno is telling Leah that she's pregnant, which she is clearly upset about, and Leah doubts it and jokes around. Then Juno calls Leah "cavalier," so it must mean something like "too jokey" or "doubtful" or "not getting the seriousness here." And it does; "cavalier" means "too casual." Obviously, you might not memorize every new vocab word that comes at you while you munch popcorn, but if you keep your ears open, you'll pick up some of them.
Let's look at this question:
Solution: What word do we want for the _____? Pluck a word right from the sentence if possible: "indisputable" works best. If you can't pluck, just say, "OK, the word should be 'good' proof." Then go to the choices and use the process of elimination.
- incontrovertible—Yup, "incontrovertible" means "indisputable." Skill 9 Preview: These are great words to break apart, "in" means "not," and "controvertible" looks like "controversy," so "incontrovertible" means "nocontroversy" or "definite."
terminable—Nope, "terminable" means "ending," like The Terminator. supple—Nope, "supple" means "flexible." imminent—Nope, "imminent" means "looming."
- pertinent—Maybe, "pertinent" means "relevant." It's the second-best answer, but choice A is better.
If you didn't know these words, don't fret, you soon will!
- Correct answer: A
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