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SAT Word of the Day- Stymie

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on Aug 19, 2014 2:30:00 PM

Stymie

(v.) to stump or hinder

(pronounced “STAHY-mee”)
 

  

prison escape

Example Sentence:

The warden was stymied by how the prisoners had escaped; their cell doors were still locked, and there were no obvious holes in the walls of the cell.

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SAT Word of the Day- Vitriolic

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on Aug 18, 2014 11:00:00 AM


Vitriolic

(adj.) harsh or corrosive in tone

(pronounced "vi-tree-OL-ik")

  

Orchestra

Example Sentence:

  • The orchestra teacher’s vitriolic criticism stung Victoria; she had practiced all week only to be harshly critiqued in front of the entire class.

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SAT Word of the Day- Tyranny

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on Aug 15, 2014 11:00:00 AM


Tyranny

(n.) dominance through threat of punishment and violence

(pronounced "TIR-uh-nee")

  

prison

Example Sentence:

  • The leader ruled by tyranny, threatening to imprison any people who spoke out against the government.

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How Busy Students Prep for the SAT and ACT

Posted by Vicki Wood on Aug 14, 2014 2:34:41 PM

If you are like many high school students,Busy your hectic schedule leaves little time for ACT or SAT preparation. Between sports, extracurricular activities, and a heavy course load, you might be wondering how you’ll ever succeed on the most important test of all---the one that gets you out of high school and into college. While dedicated practice and study is recommended for the most dramatic score increases on the SAT and ACT, there are several options for even the most active students.

Study on the go

Even if you think your schedule is jam-packed, there are likely a few down times in your day.
During these “breaks”—such as eating breakfast, waiting at the doctor’s office, or riding in the car—pull out a pack of flash cards and start studying! You can find free SAT Flash Cards and free ACT Flash Cards on our website. Print these out and always have a deck with you, wherever you go. That way you are maximizing your time and still managing to memorize the most important formulas, vocabulary words, and grammatical errors on the tests.  

Take practice tests in chunks

It is extremely important to practice with real test questions; the more exposure you have to actual SAT and ACT questions, the more test patterns you will recognize and the more secrets you will unlock. It’s unlikely, however, that you have 4 hours to commit to taking a full timed practice test in a single sitting. But can you spare a half hour? If so, take the test in “chunks.” The SAT has 10 sections, each of which is either 25-minutes, 20-minutes, or 10-minutes long, depending on the section. The ACT has 4 sections, which are either 60-minutes, 45-minutes, or 35-minutes long. Take a timed section several times a week to learn the “feel” of the clock and to practice with real questions. Remember, though, that it is not enough to just take timed sections from the test—you must review your mistakes in order to learn from them.

Take a course

We know that your weekends are valuable, but your SAT and ACT scores are valuable, too. Not only can good scores get you into good colleges, but they can also create scholarship opportunities or exempt you from the most basic required college courses. If you can’t find the time to commit to a regular course, consider taking an SAT Weekend Course or an ACT Weekend Course. These focused classes are designed around the busiest student, meeting for 12 hours in a single weekend.  Our world renowned instructors have scored in the top 5% of all test takers, so they know how to help you achieve the highest scores. And if our Weekend Courses still aren’t convenient enough for you, check out our Live Online SAT or ACT Weekend Courses—you get the same experience, from a live instructor and interaction with classmates to the full 12 hours of the course, without ever having to leave the comfort of your home. It’s easy to spare a single weekend if it means admission to the college of your dreams!

So there you go—even the busiest high school student has no excuses for not preparing for the SAT and ACT. At PowerScore, we understand how frenzied and demanding your high school life can be, so we’ve created resources and courses to help the most active students succeed.

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SAT Word of the Day- Wary

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on Aug 14, 2014 11:00:00 AM


Wary

(adj.) watchful, careful, being on one's guard

(pronounced "WEAR-ee")  

  

wary

Example Sentences:

  • The howling of the wolves made us extremely wary during our nighttime trek through the woods.
  • The dog cast a wary glance at the leash the vet was holding.

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SAT Word of the Day-Discredit

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on Aug 13, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Discredit

(v) to cause to be distrusted or disbelieved

(pronounced “dis-KRED-it”)
 

  

SAT Word of the Day, SAT vocab, SAT flashcards

Example Sentence:

The prosecuting attorney was able to discredit the witness by proving he lied about the alibi.

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SAT Word of the Day- Tact

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on Aug 12, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Tact

(n.) consideration in dealing with others and avoiding giving offense.

(pronounced “takt”)
 

  

calendar crossed out

Example Sentence:

When breaking a personal commitment, such as a date or a dinner party, it is important to use tact to avoid hurting the feelings of others involved.

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SAT Word of the Day- Discreet

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on Aug 11, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Discreet

(adj) careful or moderate, especially concerning privacy

(pronounced “dih-SKREET”)
 

  

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Example Sentence:

Dennis revealed his secret to Jane because he knew she was discreet and wouldn’t tell anyone.

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SAT Word of the Day - Concomitant

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on Aug 8, 2014 8:00:00 AM


Concomitant

(adj.) existing or occurring at the same time

(pronounced "kon-KOM-i-tuhnt") 

  

buying home stress

Example Sentence:

  • Building a home can be an exciting and enjoyable process, but it also has concomitant stress associated with the difficult decisions that must be made daily.

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SAT Word of the Day - Circumlocution

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on Aug 7, 2014 8:00:00 AM


Circumlocution

(n.) an indirect way of expressing something

(pronounced "sur-kuhm-loh-KYOO-shuhn")

  

reporter

Example Sentence:

  • Sergio hoped that his circumlocution would stall the reporters long enough for him to think of a better answer to their question.

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