ACT and SAT Word Lists
Vocabulary building is an essential exercise for high school students taking the ACT and SAT exams. Building a rich vocabulary will help students with reading comprehension and writing higher-quality essays to improve scores on the critical reading and writing components of the ACT and SAT exams. VocabularySpellingCity offers ACT/SAT word lists for extra review.
To help study, students can take a Vocabulary Practice Test on the imported word list, testing prior knowledge. Then a Review List can be created from each student’s practice test results, to concentrate review on words that need more practice.
Use these word lists of Latin and Greek root word families for extra practice.
ACT/SAT Words List 2: adept, adulation, aesthetic, affable, alacrity, alleviate, allocate, ambiguous, ambivalent, ameliorate, amenable, amicable, anachronistic, anecdote, antecedent
ACT/SAT Words List 3: apathy, apprehensive, arcane, arid, ascetic, assail, assent, assuage, astute, asylum, atrophy, augment, auspicious, austere, avarice
ACT/SAT Words List 4: banal, bastion, belligerent, benevolent, benign, blatant, boorish, bourgeois, brazen, brevity, bucolic, cacophonous, cajole, callous, candor
ACT/SAT Words List 5: capricious, cathartic, censure, chagrin, cite, clairvoyant, coalesce, cogent, commendable, complacent, compliance, comprehensive, compulsive, conciliatory, concur
ACT/SAT Words List 6: congeal, consensus, consummate, contemporary, contrite, conviction, copious, counterfeit, credence, credulous, cursory, curtail, daunting, debilitate, deference
ACT/SAT Words List 7: delusion, demise, denounce, depict, depravity, derelict, deride, derision, desecrate, desultory, deviate, didactic, diffident, digress, dilapidated, diligent, discern, disdain, disparage, disparity
ACT/SAT Words List 8: dissension, dissent, dissonance, distend, dogmatic, drone, dubious, ebullient, eccentric, eclectic, egregious, electorate, eloquent, elucidate, emancipate, embody, emissary, empathetic, emulate, enigma
ACT/SAT Words List 9: ephemeral, epitome, equivocal, erroneous, esoteric, eulogy, euphonious, evanescent, exacerbate, exculpate, exemplary, exonerate, expedient, expedite, exposition, expulsion, extol, extrasensory, fastidious, feign
ACT/SAT Words List 10: flagrant, florid, fortuitous, foster, fraudulent, frugal, furtive, futile, garrulous, genealogy, genesis, germane, gluttonous, gratification, gratis, gratuitous, gregarious, grotto, guile, gullible
ACT/SAT Words List 11: hackneyed, harbinger, haughty, heretic, hiatus, holistic, idiosyncrasy, immutable, impartial, impelled, impending, impetuous, impound, impudent, inception, incessant, inclement, incorrigible, incursion, indifferent
ACT/SAT Words List 12: indigenous, indignation, indolent, ineffable, inevitable, ingratiate, inherent, innocuous, innovate, insipid, insurrection, intemperate, interjection, intermittent, inundate, inveterate, irreverent, jettison, judicious, juxtapose
ACT/SAT Words List 13: kindle, kinetic, lackadaisical, laconic, lament, languid, laudatory, lavish, lax, levity, listless, loquacious, lucid, lugubrious, magnanimous, malaise, malleable, maverick, mercurial, meticulous
ACT/SAT Words List 14: misanthrope, miscreant, mollify, mundane, munificent, myopic, myriad, naive, nebulous, nefarious, negligible, nonchalant, nostalgia, notoriety, novel, novice, noxious, nuance, obdurate, obscure
ACT/SAT Words List 15: obstinate, obtuse, odious, onerous, opaque, opulent, ornate, oscillate, ostensible, ostentatious, ostracize, overt, pacify, palpable, panacea, paradigm, paramount, parsimony, partisan, patent
ACT/SAT Words List 16: paucity, pedestrian, pejorative, penchant, pendulous, penitent, perceptive, perfidious, perfunctory, pertinent, pervasive, petulant, philistine, pilfer, pious, placate, placid, plausible, plethora, ponderous
ACT/SAT Words List 17: portend, pragmatic, precedent, precocious, precursor, predilection, proclivity, prodigious, profuse, progeny, projectile, propensity, proponent, prosaic, protracted, provincial, provocative, prudent, puerile, pugnacious
ACT/SAT Words List 18: quagmire, quandary, queasy, quell, querulous, quip, quixotic, rancor, recalcitrant, recant, reciprocal, reclusive, rectify, refute, regalia, remission, repellent, repose, reprehensible, respite
ACT/SAT Words List 19: reticent, revere, rhetorical, rustic, saccharine, sacrilege, salient, sanguine, sardonic, scrupulous, secede, seditious, solicitous, soporific, sordid, sparse, speculate, sprightly, spurious, squander
ACT/SAT Words List 20: static, stoic, strut, stymie, succinct, sumptuous, superfluous, supplant, surreptitious, susceptible, sycophant, taciturn, tantamount, tenacious, tentative, tenuous, terse, timorous, trajectory, tranquil
ACT/SAT Words List 21: transitory, transpired, trepidation, truculent, truncate, ubiquitous, undulate, urbane, usurp, vacuous, venerate, veracious, verbose, vex, vicarious, compassion, complexity, condemnation, contempt, convention
ACT/SAT Words List 22: vignette, vindicated, vindictive, virtuoso, virulent, volition, wane, wanton, wary, whet, winsome, zealous, zenith, antagonize, apology, archipelago, aural, boundary, cantankerous, circumlocution
ACT/SAT Words List 23: corrective, criticism, deceit, desiccate, discredit, disregard, distortion, egalitarian, endure, ignominy, evaporate, hedonism, hypocrisy, integrity, lubricate, mendacity, modest, veracity, negligence, oppose
ACT/SAT Words List 24: perplex, persistent, prohibitive, scrutinize, chicanery, suppress, anomalous, caustic, tirade, stalwart, connoisseur, neophyte, charlatan, pundit, deleterious, innuendo, clandestine, garish, lucrative
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