SAT Vocab: The Essential 500 Words

Students, parents, teachers, and tutors judge vocabulary books by how well they perform on actual SATs. InsiderTestPrep agrees! In fact, we invite everyone to compare The Essential 500 performance on recent tests with the performance of other vocabulary books.

Below is a list of words from our book, The Essential 500 Words, that appeared as answers on sentence completion and passage-based questions on the January 2013 SAT, the March 2013 SAT, and the May 2013 International test. I think you will agree that Essential was Essential!

JANUARY 2013

1 ACERBIC Word 227
2 AFFRONTED Word 357
3 ANECDOTE Word 21
4 ANTITHETICAL Word 11
5 BIAS WORD 48
6 CONVENTIONAL Word 2
7 DEARTH Word 384
8 DELETERIOUS Word 101
9 DEPRECATE Word 370
10 EGREGIOUS Word 397
11 EVOKE Word 302
12 EXECRABLE Word 364
13 INDEFATIGABLE Word 262
14 INTRANSIGENT Word 146
15 LUCRATIVE Word 415
16 METAPHOR Word 24
17 PARTISAN Word 152
18 PLACID Root 21
19 PRECIPITATE Word 254
20 REFUTE Word 44
21 SUBTLE Word 9
22 SYNTHESIS Word 238
23 UNDERSCORE Word 46
24 VOLATILE Word 267
25 WARY Word 69

MARCH 2013

1 ARDUOUS Word 325
2 CREDIBLE Word 442
3 DICHOTOMY Word 206
4 ECCENTRIC Word 213
5 ELUSIVE Word 403
6 GALVANIZE Word 282
7 GULLIBLE Word 204
8 INANE Word 298
9 INNOCUOUS Word 199
10 MELANCHOLY Word 485
11 PALLIATIVE Word 3
12 PROBLEMATIC Word 449
13 REDRESS Word 194
14 RESILIENT Word 107
15 SANGUINE Word 51
16 STILTED Word 120

MAY 2013 INTERNATIONAL

1 AVARICE Word 240
2 BREVITY Word 191
3 DETER Word 400
4 DEVOUR Word 445
5 DISDAIN Word 66
6 DIVISIVE Word 443
7 DROLL Word 174
8 ELUCIDATE Word 244
9 EPITOMIZE Word 229
10 EQUANIMITY Word 234
11 INDIFFERENT Word 17
12 INNOCUOUS Word 199
13 INSIPID Word 361
14 INTREPID Word 417
15 LEVITY Word 395
16 LUGUBRIOUS Word 243
17 MALAISE Word 109
18 METICULOUS Word 148
19 PARENTHETICAL Word 34
20 PERFUNCTORY Word 318
21 PLACATE Word 185
22 PRISTINE Word 330
23 SPATE Word 220
24 STODY Word 441
25 TUTELAGE Word 86
26 VOLUPTUOUS Word 124
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