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Education Matters: In College, Working Hard to Learn High School Material

The New York Times recently published an article highlighting the failings of many New York high schools (and, undoubtedly, many across the country) to adequately prepare students for college courses. Many students find themselves failing the required CUNY placement tests, and thus placing into remedial reading, writing, and mathematics courses. With good reason, students wonder why they are in this position after passing Regents exams and graduating high school with sufficient grades. It doesn’t help but call to question how we define secondary education success. While Mayor Bloomberg has improved the high school graduation rate, up to 61% in June from 46.5% percent in 2005, the rate does become less impressive when looked at next to the percentage of high school graduates that need remediation in these three core subjects when they enter CUNY community colleges: 22.6% in 2010 (2,812 students), up from 15.4% in 2005 (1,085 students). 74% of NYC high school graduates enrolled at CUNY’s six community colleges take remedial courses in at least one academic subject.

But what’s perhaps more troubling is that the problem doesn’t end there. Students who require remediation in all three subjects, likely discouraged,  are at the highest risk of dropping out.  To respond to the large number of students in academic need and to prevent dropouts, CUNY has developed the Start program, an intensive semester focused on remedial  reading, writing and mathematics. The program has proven successful and given students the much-needed help they require. Of the 300 students enrolled thus far, 241 stayed the duration of the semester, and 159 of these students after taking the course, passed all three remediation tests.

CUNY is taking the right steps to help students facing all too common of a problem: not being prepared for college level material. As the Times article points out, it calls to question what Regents exams, which so often drive school curriculum, are actually measuring. Unfortunately, in many cases, it seems the tests do not accurately reflect what students need to know for college success. So how do we better prepare students academically for college? NYC’s chief academic officer, Shael Polakow-Suransky, says the solution isn’t adjusting passing and “college ready” scores, it’s  “to give kids more challenging, rich and authentic work.”

What’s your take?


Vocab Videos: Links to Student Worksheets on Your Home Dashboard!

Vocab Videos is continuously looking to improve its online platform by adding new features and updating existing ones. Digital worksheets provide space for students to write sentences, synonyms, mnemonic devices and other ways of remembering vocabulary words and their meanings. Now, links to a user’s completed worksheets are available right from their home dashboard making them more accessible to users.



Vocab Videos Flashcards on Your Phone: Mobile Flashcards Available through Study Blue!

Vocab Videos has recently partnered with Study Blue to bring Vocab Videos flashcards to your mobile phones! Now, you can study on-the-go with Vocab Videos digital flashcard sets that coincide with each episode!

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FREE SAT VOCABULARY VIDEOS: Vocab Videos FREE Subscription Plan

Vocab Videos is pleased to announce that it has recently launched a FREE Vocab Videos subscription plan! Now, visitors to our site can register for a free one month account and receive access to more than 150 Vocab Videos and a portion of our study materials! We wanted to give everyone the chance to see what we do over here at and how our videos can making learning vocabulary fun!

ATTENTION EDUCATORS: See bottom of post!

By registering for a free subscription plan, users can access the following features:

  • Vocab Videos Study Guide: Our study guide provides suggestions on how to get the most out of Vocab Videos. Learn how to best utilize the videos, absorb vocabulary efficiently, and employ our review material most effectively. The guide will help you to craft your own individualized vocabulary regimen.
  • Video Library: Our free account provides access to 8 episodes and over 150 Vocab Videos! Become familiar with engaging Vocab Videos storylines and meet some of our  hilarious characters. You’ll can’t wait to see what happens next!
  • Digital Quizzes: Test your new vocabulary knowledge by taking a Vocab Videos digital quiz after each episode! SAT–style questions offer preparation for standardized tests. At the end of each quiz, detailed quiz results show quiz performance and what questions were answered correctly and incorrectly; results can be downloaded and printed.
  • Downloadable Worksheets: Worksheets can be used to maximize comprehension and retention. They provide space to write sentences, synonyms and mnemonic devices, and to build a more clear understanding of the meaning of the words.

If you like what you see, we make it easy to upgrade to a 6-month or 12-month premium account! A premium subscription plan includes  total access to ALL 500 VOCAB VIDEOS + our extensive suite of study resources. In addition, to our entire video library our premium subscription level offers access to:

  • ALL Digital Quizzes: Take a total of 25 digital quizzes, one for every Vocab Videos episode + cumulative quizzes that take some vocabulary from each episode. Detailed quiz results chart your quiz performance and what words you answered correctly and incorrectly; results can be downloaded and printedQuiz results are stored to the user dashboard, so you can constantly monitor your progress.

  • Digital Flashcard Maker: The digital flashcard maker allows you to create flashcards for additional vocabulary words or for ANY academic subject – flashcards will be saved and stored in your personal Vocab Videos account. Flashcard maker features include:
    • Add an image or movie file
    • Study in quiz mode—“flipping” cards to review
    • View cards in table mode (option to hide the question or answer column)
    • Download and print flashcard sets to review on-the-go

  • Digital Worksheets: Like downloadable worksheets, digital worksheets provide space to write sentences or mnemonic devices to build a clear understanding of the word. Once they are entered, sentences are stored on a personalized study sheet. Print out worksheets for review on-the-go.

  • Vocab Videos Glossary: A searchablealphabetical glossary of all the words featured in Vocab Videos along with their definitions. The glossary allows users to keep track of words they’ve mastered, and to review definitions even when they don’t have access to a computer.
  • Vocab Videos Definition Groups: These category lists group words by common themes. This valuable reference allows for an even more comprehensive understanding of the vocabulary. Definition groups are useful for helping grasp subtle differences in meanings and when to use particular words.
  • Vocab Videos Crossword Puzzles: Crossword puzzles by episode offer a fun form of review. Users can print these out to study on-the-go.

EDUCATORS: Don’t forget, you’ll want to consider a school or classroom package to introduce Vocab Videos to your students! Classroom packages provide individual student and teacher accounts for Vocab Videos.

Teacher accounts allow you to monitor student usage, view quiz results (questions students answered incorrectly), and download review material to incorporate into your curriculum. Sign up for a free teacher demo account on our Educators page, or contact us to get started with a classroom package:

Email: [email protected]

Call: 646-216-9187 ext. 202


Vocab Videos Classroom Packages: New Teacher Grid

The Vocab Videos teacher dashboard enables educators to easily monitor their students’ usage, view quiz results, and download quizzes and review material. 

With our new student result grid, teachers can now readily view specific user and aggregate data, allowing them to track the performance of individual students or an entire class. Low grades are highlighted in red. Just click on a student’s name to view their individual quiz summaries and to see what questions were answered incorrectly. If students are scoring low on a particular quiz, teachers may want to review certain vocabulary words during the class day.


For more information on Vocab Videos classroom packages, email [email protected]. Want to see what a classroom package includes? Get set up with 2-week teacher demo by filling out this form.


Vocab Videos for Your Classroom: Why It’s Right for You!

Vocab Videos is an online SAT and high school vocabulary system that uses hilarious short videos to illustrate the meanings of 500 frequently tested SAT vocabulary words. Bringing the system to the classroom not only provides students with an enjoyable way to learn essential high school vocabulary, but helps them prepare for their college entrance exams–tests that play an important role in where they will pursue their higher education.

We’ve recently made some major upgrades to the Vocab Videos online system to help enhance functionality for educators and students.  Our new digital quizzes and revamped teacher dashboard make Vocab Videos an addition to your classroom you’ll want to consider.  

All Vocab Videos classroom packages include:

-Individual user accounts to Vocab Videos online platform for teachers and students–providing access to our video library of 500+ Vocab Videos!

-Teacher dashboard where educators can monitor their students’ usage, view quiz results and download review material.

-Access to downloadable (PDF) quizzes for printing

-Curriculum consulting on how to best incorporate Vocab Videos into the classroom

-Registration web page with institution name and logo 

Year-long classroom packages start at $195 for 15 students ($13/student)and $360 for 30 students ($12/student). Please contact [email protected] or call 646-216-9187 ext. 202 with questions or for more information.

Once a classroom package is purchased, students register for free through a Vocab Videos landing page we create for your school (see below):

All students who register through this page are then linked to the primary teacher account appearing under “Students” on the teacher dashboard. 

When a teacher clicks on the name of one their students, they’re able to view that student’s Vocab Videos site usage and quiz results.

Still not convinced? Sign up for a FREE trial to check out our teacher demo and see what is included in a classroom package!


Vocab Videos For Teachers: School & Classroom Packages


Welcome Educators!

Vocab Videos is a FUN & EFFECTIVE way to teach your students the essential vocabulary they need to know for college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT.  The online vocabulary system uses hilarious short videos to illustrate the meanings of over 500 frequently-tested SAT vocabulary words.  And, as teachers, you know that the importance of vocabulary goes far beyond test prep; a good vocabulary allows students to communicate effectively inside and outside the classroom. Words are the currency of communication. A good vocabulary will help students read, write, speak, and listen better.

The Vocab Videos online vocabulary platform can easily be incorporated into the classroom as a relevant add-on to your English classes and as a means of bringing test preparation to your students.  While students can purchase individual Vocab Videos subscriptions, classroom and school packages are also available to offer a truly optimal vocabulary experience to students and teachers. 

We’ve recently completed some major upgrades to the Vocab Videos platform, and now with the purchase of a school or classroom package, educators can monitor their students’ Vocab Videos activity and quiz results from their teacher dashboard! Students can register for free through the Vocab Videos landing page we set up for your school. The teacher account is then linked to registered students, so educators can view students’ Vocab Videos progress and check to see that they have completed assignments.  


ALL Vocab Videos school and classroom packages include:

*Individual user accounts to Vocab Videos online platform for teachers and students

*Teacher dashboard where educators can monitor students’ test results and progress

*Downloadable (PDF) quizzes and review material available for teachers to print

*Curriculum consulting on how to best incorporate Vocab Videos into the classroom

*Registration web page with institution name and logo

*Access to technical support

If you would like some more information or a pricing estimate for getting your students started with Vocab Videos, please contact the Vocab Videos team at [email protected] or call us directly at 646-216-9187 ext. 202!

And don’t forget to sign up for your FREE Vocab Videos trial by filling out the form on the Educators page! We look forward to hearing from you and we hope to get your students started improving their vocabulary with the start of the school year!


SAT Vocabulary: Introducing New Digital Quizzes!


We’re making some major upgrades to the Vocab Videos site, the first of which we’re delighted to announce to all of our Vocab Videos subscribers and fans: THE ADDITION OF DIGITAL QUIZZES!

Now, immediately after watching a Vocab Videos episode, you’re able to take an interactive quiz to review all of the SAT vocabulary content you’ve just watched! At the end of each quiz, you’ll see a detailed overview of how you performed–the questions you answered correctly, those you answered incorrectly, and what SAT vocabulary words you need to study further.



Downloadable score reports are available for printing if students want to keep a record of their progress or if teachers want to keep track of their students’ quiz performance. If your quiz score shows that you didn’t fully grasp the episode’s vocabulary content, go back and watch the video again, and then re-take the quiz!


SAT Vocabulary List: Learn 500 Key SAT & ACT Vocabulary Words!

Learn your SAT vocabulary by studying the Vocab Videos’ SAT vocabulary list! This free SAT and ACT vocabulary list features 500 frequently-tested SAT vocabulary words. Prepare for your college entrance exams by studying these key SAT vocabulary words, and then by watching the hilarious Vocab Video that accompanies each vocab word on the list! Remember: research has shown that people remember more effectively when they have visual and auditory cues. Just watch:

Knowing your SAT vocabulary can earn you 150+ points on the big test, so be sure to take advantage of Vocab Videos’ SAT vocabulary word list, and get started with the Vocab Videos study program!

Vocab Videos SAT Vocabulary List (scroll down for link to printable PDF):

ABHOR to hate
ABSTINENCE deliberate self-restraint
ABSTRUSE difficult to understand
ACCLAIM to praise
ACCORD agreement
ACERBIC bitter
ACRIMONY hostility
ACUITY sharp perception or vision
ADEPT very skilled
ADMONISH to gently criticize or warn
ADORN to decorate
ADROIT very skilled
ADULATION excessive flattery
ADVERSITY great hardship
ADVOCATE to speak in favor of, promote
AESTHETIC concerning beauty
AFFABLE friendly
AFFLUENT wealthy
ALACRITY eagerness, enthusiasm
ALIENATE to make unfriendly or hostile
ALLEVIATE to make more bearable
ALTRUISTIC unselfishly concerned for the welfare of others
AMALGAM a combination of diverse elements
AMBIVALENT having opposing feelings; uncertain
AMELIORATE to improve
AMENABLE open to advice or suggestion
AMIABLE friendly
AMICABLE friendly
AMORPHOUS lacking definite form
ANACHRONISTIC in the wrong time period
ANECDOTE a short account of an interesting or humorous incident
ANIMOSITY bitter hostility
APATHETIC lacking interest, concern, or emotion
APPEASE to bring peace, quiet, or calm to; to relieve
ARBITRARY determined by impulse or chance, without reason
ARCHAIC outdated; really old
ARDOR energy, intensity, enthusiasm
ARID dry
ARTICULATE characterized by clear and expressive language
ASCERTAIN to discover
ASPIRE to have a great ambition
ASSESS to make a judgment about
ASSIDUOUS hard working
ASTUTE having sharp judgment
ATROPHY to waste away
AUDACITY disrespectful boldness
AUGMENT to make greater in size or quantity
AUSPICIOUS favorable; successful
AUSTERE strict or severe in discipline
AUTONOMY independence
AVERSE reluctant
AWE a mixed emotion of respect, wonder, and dread
BANAL ordinary and commonplace
BANE a cause of death or ruin
BELIE to represent falsely
BELITTLE to speak of in an insulting way
BELLIGERENT eager to fight
BEMUSE to confuse, stun, or stump
BENEVOLENT inclined to perform kind acts
BENIGN kind; beneficial
BERATE to criticize severely or angrily
BOISTEROUS noisy; disorderly
BOLSTER to support; to reinforce
BOMBASTIC using arrogant or pretentious speech
BRAZEN rudely bold
BRUSQUE rudely brief
BUOYANT cheerful
BURGEON to grow
BUTTRESS to support or strengthen
CACOPHONY jarring, disagreeable sound
CAJOLE to persuade by flattery
CALLOUS emotionally hardened or unfeeling
CAMARADERIE goodwill among friends
CANDID honest and straightforward
CANTANKEROUS ill-tempered
CAPRICIOUS impulsive, unpredictable
CARNIVOROUS meat-eating
CATHARTIC emotionally cleansing or relieving
CAUSTIC harsh, stinging; sarcastic
CENSURE to criticize severely
CEREBRAL intellectual
CHRONIC continuing or lingering
CIRCUITOUS being or taking a roundabout course
CIRCUMSPECT cautious and wise
CIRCUMVENT to avoid or get around
CLAIRVOYANCE the power to see things that cannot be perceived by the senses
CLANDESTINE kept or done in secret
COGENT forcefully convincing
COHERENT logically connected; making sense
COHESIVE sticking or holding together
COLLABORATE to work together
COMMEND to praise
COMPEL to exert a strong, irresistible force on
COMPETENT having adequate ability
COMPLACENT self-satisfied to the point of inactivity; unconcerned
COMPLICITY participation in a bad act or a crime
COMPROMISE to expose to danger or suspicion
CONCEDE to acknowledge, often reluctantly, as being true
CONCILIATE to bring peace, quiet, or calm to; to relieve
CONCISE expressing much in few words
CONCORD agreement
CONCUR to agree
CONDESCEND to deal with people in a superior manner
CONDONE to excuse or overlook
CONFORM to be similar; to adapt
CONFOUND to confuse
CONJECTURE guesswork
CONSCIENTIOUS thorough and careful
CONSENSUS general agreement
CONSOLIDATE to combine
CONSTITUENT a component
CONSTRAIN to hold back; to restrict
CONSTRUE to interpret
CONTEMPT a lack of respect and intense dislike
CONTEND to compete; to argue
CONTRITE feeling or expressing remorse
CONTRIVED obviously planned or made up
CONVIVIAL sociable
CONVOLUTED complicated
COPIOUS plentiful, abundant
CORDIAL friendly, warm, polite
CORROBORATE to strengthen or support with evidence
CREDIBLE believable
CUNNING clever, sneaky
CURSORY performed with haste and little attention to detail
CURTAIL to cut short
CYNICAL believing that people are motivated by selfishness; pessimistic
DAUNT to intimidate or lessen one’s courage
DEARTH a scarce supply
DEBILITATE to weaken
DEBUNK to disprove or expose the falseness of
DECORUM correct or appropriate behavior
DECRY to condemn openly
DEFER to submit or yield to another’s wish or opinion
DELINEATE to depict or describe
DEMEAN to lower in status or worth
DENIGRATE to attack the reputation of
DENOUNCE to condemn openly
DEPRECATE to mildly insult or belittle
DERIDE to speak of or treat with cruelty
DESPAIR a complete loss of hope
DESPONDENT depressed, having no hope
DETER to prevent or discourage from acting
DIFFIDENCE a lack of self-confidence, shyness
DIGRESS to stray from the main subject
DILATORY tending to delay; late or slow
DILIGENT hard working
DISCERN to detect or perceive
DISCORD lack of agreement, quarreling
DISCREDIT to bring shame or dishonor on
DISCREET careful in one’s conduct or speech
DISCREPANCY an unexpected difference
DISCRETE separate; distinct
DISDAIN intense dislike
DISMISS to reject
DISPARAGE to speak of in an insulting way
DISPARITY the state of being different
DISPASSIONATE not influenced by emotion or bias
DISPEL to rid of
DISPOSITION one’s usual mood
DISSEMBLE to conceal behind a false appearance
DISSEMINATE to spread out
DISSENT disagreement
DISSIPATE to disappear
DIVERGENT drawing apart from a common point; differing from another
DIVISIVE creating disagreement or dissent
DIVULGE to make known, reveal
DOCILE easily managed or taught
DOGGED stubbornly persevering
DOGMATIC stubbornly and arrogantly opinionated
DOUR gloomy
DUBIOUS doubtful, questionable
DUPLICITY deception, deceit
EARNEST showing deep sincerity or seriousness
EBULLIENT enthusiastic, lively
ECCENTRIC strange; unconventional
ECLECTIC having elements from a variety of sources
ECSTASY intense joy or delight
EFFACE to erase
EFFUSIVE overflowing (usually referring to emotions)
ELATED filled with delight
ELITE superior in status
ELOQUENT well spoken
ELUCIDATE to make clear
ELUSIVE tending to escape
EMBELLISH to add fictitious details to
EMINENT outstanding; distinguished
EMPIRICAL based on observation or experiment
EMULATE to equal through imitation
ENCOMPASS to enclose; to include
ENCROACH to advance beyond limits
ENERVATE to weaken or drain of energy
ENHANCE to make greater or better
ENIGMATIC puzzling
ENMITY hatred
ENTHRALL to hold spellbound, captivate
ENTICE to lure
ENTRENCH to fix firmly or securely
ENUMERATE to specify individually; to count
ENUNCIATE to pronounce with clarity
EPHEMERAL lasting for a brief time
EQUIVOCAL uncertain, vague, misleading
ERADICATE to eliminate
ERRATIC irregular
ERUDITE scholarly, well educated
ESOTERIC understood by only a few
ESPOUSE to give one’s support to
ESTEEM to value highly, to respect
ESTRANGE to cause to become unfriendly or hostile
EULOGY a written or spoken tribute (usually for someone who has died)
EUPHEMISM the substitution of inoffensive term for one considered offensive
EUPHORIA a feeling of great happiness
EVANESCENT fading away
EVASIVE tending to escape
EVOKE to summon or call forth
EXACERBATE to make more severe
EXACTING requiring great care or effort
EXALT to elevate, glorify, or praise
EXASPERATE to anger or irritate
EXEMPLARY worthy of imitation
EXONERATE to free from blame or responsibility
EXORBITANT excessive
EXPEDITE to speed the progress of
EXPLOIT to utilize fully or advantageously (often selfishly or unethically)
EXTOL to praise
FACILE simple; easy
FACILITATE to make easier
FATUOUS foolish, ridiculously stupid
FEASIBLE possible, workable, practical
FELICITY great happiness
FERVENT greatly emotional or enthusiastic
FLAGRANT obviously bad or offensive
FLAMBOYANT highly elaborate; showy
FLORID elaborately or excessively ornamented; flowery
FLOURISH to grow well
FORTHRIGHT honest, direct, straightforward
FOSTER to promote the development of
FRENETIC wildly excited; frenzied; frantic
FRIVOLOUS unworthy of serious attention
FRUGAL careful with money, stingy
FUTILE having no useful result
GALVANIZE to stimulate
GARISH flashy, tastelessly loud and brightly colored
GARRULOUS talkative
GENIAL friendly, cheerful
GRANDIOSE falsely exaggerating one’s worth
GRATE to irritate
GRATUITOUS unnecessary
GUILE skillful deceit
HACKNEYED overused
HAIL to salute or greet
HAMPER to prevent the movement or action of
HARANGUE a long, angry speech
HAUGHTY snobbish; overly proud
HEED to pay close attention to
HERETICAL characterized by departure from accepted beliefs or standards
HINDER to be or get in the way of
HOMOGENEOUS all of the same or similar kind
IDIOSYNCRATIC peculiar to an individual
ILLICIT not permitted by custom or law
ILLUSORY based on or producing illusion; deceptive
IMPARTIAL not biased
IMPASSIONED filled with passion
IMPASSIVE having or showing little emotion
IMPEDE to be or get in the way of
IMPERIOUS arrogantly authoritative or overbearing
IMPETUOUS impulsive, unthinking
IMPUGN to attack as false or wrong, to challenge or question
INACCESSIBLE not easily approached, entered, or obtained
INCISIVE penetrating, clear and sharp
INCONGRUOUS inappropriate; inconsistent
INCONSEQUENTIAL lacking importance
INCONTROVERTIBLE impossible to dispute
INCORRIGIBLE incapable of being corrected or reformed
INCREDULOUS disbelieving
INDICT to accuse of wrongdoing
INDIFFERENT having no preference
INDIGNATION anger (over something unjust)
INDUCE to bring about the occurrence of;
INDULGE to please or satisfy
INFLAMMATORY arousing strong emotion, esp. anger
INGENUOUS innocent; honest and straightforward
INHERENT naturally occurring; essential
INHIBIT to hold back; to restrain
INNATE inborn
INNOCUOUS harmless
INNOVATIVE new and creative
INQUISITIVE showing curiosity
INSINUATE to suggest subtly; to hint
INSIPID lacking flavor or zest; dull
INSOLENT disrespectfully arrogant
INSTIGATE to stir up
INSULAR isolated; narrow-minded
INTELLIGIBLE capable of being understood
INTRANSIGENT uncompromising
INUNDATE to overwhelm with, to flood
INVIGORATE to give life or energy to
INVOKE to enforce or put into operation
IRATE enraged
JADED weary, worn out
JUDICIOUS having good judgment, prudent
JUXTAPOSE to place side by side
KEEN sharp, perceptive
LACONIC using few words (often rudely or mysteriously)
LAMENT to regret; to show grief for
LANGUID lacking energy or spirit
LATENT existing in hidden or dormant form
LAUD to praise
LAVISH excessive; plentiful
LUCID clear
LUXURIOUS rich and superior in quality
MAGNANIMOUS noble and generous in spirit
MANDATE an authoritative command
MANIFEST to make evident or certain by displaying or demonstrating
MEAGER small, inadequate, or insufficient
MEDIOCRE ordinary; so-so
MELANCHOLY sad; gloomy
MERCENARY motivated solely by a desire for monetary or material gain
MERCURIAL changeable, erratic
METICULOUS extremely careful
MIRTH gladness, amusement, laughter
MITIGATE to lessen in force or intensity
MOLLIFY to soften, to ease the anger of
MOROSE gloomy
MUNDANE ordinary, commonplace
MUTABLE subject to change
NEBULOUS hazy, vague, or confused; lacking defined form
NEGLIGENT guilty of neglect
NEGLIGIBLE insignificant; really small
NONCHALANT casually unconcerned (sometimes falsely)
NOSTALGIA a bittersweet longing for the past
NOTORIOUS known widely and unfavorably; famous for something bad
NOVEL strikingly new or different
NURTURE to help develop, to nourish
OBDURATE stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
OBLIVIOUS forgetful; unaware
OBSOLETE no longer in use or current
OBSTINATE stubborn
OBSTREPEROUS noisily and stubbornly defiant
OBTRUSIVE sticking out, noticeable; brash, meddling
OBTUSE lacking intellect
OFFICIOUS overly eager in offering unwanted help
OMINOUS menacing; threatening
OPAQUE not clearly understood, dense
OPPORTUNE suitable, occurring at an appropriate time
OPULENT rich or superior in quality
ORNATE excessively decorated
ORTHODOX commonly accepted; traditional
PARADOX a seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true
PARTISAN devoted to or biased in support of a group
PATRONIZE to treat condescendingly
PENITENT feeling or expressing remorse
PERNICIOUS deadly or destructive
PERPETUAL continuing forever or indefinitely
PERSEVERE to be persistent, refuse to stop
PERSPICACITY a high level of perception or understanding
PERTINENT exactly relevant
PERVASIVE spread throughout
PLACID calm, quiet
PLAUSIBLE believable
PLIABLE easily bent or shaped
POIGNANT touching
POLARIZE to set at opposite ends or extremes
POMPOUS exaggeratedly self-important
PRAGMATIC practical
PRECARIOUS dangerously unstable or insecure
PRECIPITOUS extremely steep
PREDILECTION a preference; a tendency toward favoring
PRETENTIOUS claiming unjust standing
PREVALENT widely occurring
PRISTINE unspoiled, completely pure
PRODIGIOUS enormous; extraordinary
PROFOUND deep; far-reaching
PROLIFERATE to increase or spread at a rapid rate
PROLIFIC producing abundant works or results
PROPAGATE to transmit or cause to broaden or spread
PROPRIETY the quality of being proper
PROSAIC lacking in imagination; dull
PROSPERITY success; being well-off
PROVINCIAL narrow-minded
PROVOCATIVE tending to stir to anger or action
PRUDENT wise; careful
PUGNACIOUS eager to fight
QUELL to put down forcibly
RANCOR hostility
RAVENOUS violently hungry or greedy
REBUKE to criticize or find fault with
RECIPROCATE to show or give in return
RECLUSIVE seeking or preferring isolation
RECONCILE to reestablish a close relationship between
REFUGE protection or shelter
REFUTE to prove to be false
REITERATE to repeat
RELINQUISH to give up; to release
REMINISCE to recollect and tell of the past
RENOUNCE to reject, disown, or formally give up
REPREHENSIBLE deserving of criticism or disapproval
REPROACH to criticize or express disappointment
REPUDIATE to reject the validity of
RESENT to feel angry and bitter about
RESIGNATION acceptance of something as inescapable; submission
RESILIENT able to recover promptly
RESOLUTE firm or determined
RESOLVE to make a firm decision about
RETICENT restrained or reserved
REVERE to respect, honor or admire
REVOKE to void by recalling, reversing, or withdrawing
RUDIMENTARY being or involving basic facts or principles
SAGACIOUS insightful and wise
SANCTION to give official authorization or approval to
SANGUINE cheerful
SCATHING harshly critical
SCOFF to express or treat with disrespectful disregard
SCORN intense hatred or disrespect
SCRUPULOUS thorough and careful
SCRUTINIZE to examine carefully
SHREWD smart in a sneaky or tricky manner
SKEPTICAL doubting, questioning, not believing
SMUG self-satisfied (especially in a mocking way)
SOLEMN serious and sober
SOLICITOUS anxious or concerned
SOMBER gloomy
SPECIOUS seemingly true but actually logically false
SPORADIC occurring at irregular intervals
SPURIOUS not genuine; false
SPURN to reject with disrespect
SQUANDER to waste
STAGNANT not moving, flowing, or developing
STEADFAST firm and dependable
STOIC seemingly unaffected by pleasure or pain
SUBDUE to bring under control
SUBSTANTIATE to support with proof
SUBVERT to ruin; to overthrow
SUCCINCT precise expression using few words
SUPERFLUOUS extra, unnecessary
SUPPLANT to take the place of
SUPPRESS to put down; to hold back
SURREPTITIOUS done or made by secret or stealthy means
TACT sensitivity in dealing with others
TEDIOUS tiresomely long or boring
TEMPER to soften or moderate
TENACITY persistence, determination
TERSE expressing much in few words
THERAPEUTIC having healing powers
THWART to stop or prevent
TORPOR inactivity
TRACTABLE easily managed, led, or taught
TRANSIENT existing only briefly
TRANSITORY existing only briefly
TREACHERY deliberate betrayal of trust
TRITE uninteresting because of overuse
TRIVIAL insignificant, unimportant
TUMULTUOUS disorderly or noisy
UNASSUMING not showy or arrogant; modest; plain
UNDERMINE to weaken
UNDERSCORE to emphasize
UNIFORM always the same
URBANE polite, suave, and cultivated in manner
USURP to seize and take control without authority and possibly with force
UTILITARIAN having only a useful function; practical
VACILLATE to be undecided, to hesitate
VAPID lacking liveliness or interest; dull
VEILED concealed or disguised
VENERATE to respect
VERBOSE using more words than necessary
VERSATILE capable of doing many things competently
VICARIOUS felt or undergone as if one were taking part in the experience or feelings of another
VIGILANT alert; watchful
VILIFY to say bad things about, to make into a villain
VINDICATE to clear of blame or suspicion
VINDICTIVE seeking revenge
VOLATILE explosive, tending to change
VOLUBLE characterized by ready and rapid speech
VOLUMINOUS big; having large volume
VULNERABLE not protected against harm; easily injured
WARRANT to justify
WARY on guard, cautious, watchful
WAVER to be unsure or weak
WHIMSICAL impulsive, fanciful
ZEALOUS filled with or motivated by enthusiastic devotion

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SAT Scores: Top National Universities’ Average SAT & ACT Scores

Have you ever wondered to what colleges your SAT scores will earn you acceptance to? Using US News & World Report’s 2010 ranking of national universities and data from the College Board, the Vocab Videos team has compiled a list of the average SAT scores of first-year students at some of the country’s top universities. Take a look below to see if your SAT scores are on target to gain you admission to your top-choice college. And don’t forget learning your SAT vocabulary can help raise your SAT scores 150+ points, so don’t forget to give Vocab Videos–our FUN & EFFECTIVE vocabulary learning system–a try!

From Average SAT Scores by College (Middle 50% of First-Year Students)
America’s Top National Universities 2010 (US News & World Report) SAT Critical Reading SAT Math SAT Writing ACT Composite
Harvard University 690 – 780 690 – 790 690 – 780 31 – 34
Princeton University 690 – 790 700 – 790 700 – 780 31 – 35
Yale University 700 – 800 700 – 780 700 – 790 30 – 34
California Institute of Technology 690 – 770 770 – 800 680 – 770 33 – 35
Massachusetts Insititute of Technology 650 – 760 720 – 800 660 – 760 32 – 35
Stanford University 660 – 760 680 – 780 670 – 760 30 – 34
University of Pennsylvania 660 – 750 690 – 780 670 – 760 30 – 34
Columbia University 680 – 770 690 – 780 680 – 770 31 – 34
University of Chicago 690 – 780 680 – 780 670 – 760 28 – 32
Duke University 660 – 750 680 – 780 660 – 760 30 – 34
Dartmouth College 660 – 770 680 – 780 670 – 780 30 – 34
Northwestern University 670 – 750 690 – 780 670 – 750 30 – 33
Washington University in St. Louis 680 – 750 710 – 780 32 – 34
Johns Hopkins Univeristy 630 – 730 670 – 770 650 – 730 29 – 33
Cornell University 630 – 730 660 – 770 29 – 33
Brown University 650 – 760 670 – 780 660 – 770 28 – 33
Emory University 640 – 730 660 – 750 650 – 740 29 – 33
Rice University 640 – 750 680 – 780 650 – 740 30 – 34
Vanderbilt University 660 – 750 690 – 770 660 – 750 30 – 34
University of Notre Dame 650 – 750 680 – 760 640 – 730 31 – 34
University of California–Berkeley 590 – 710 640 – 760 610 – 720
Carnegie Mellon University 620 – 720 670 – 780 620 – 720 28 – 34
Georgetown University 650 – 750 650 – 750 27 – 33
University of California–Los Angeles 570 – 680 600 – 730 580 – 700 24 – 31
University of Virginia 600 – 710 630 – 730 610 – 710 27 – 32
University of Southern California 620 – 710 650 – 740 640 – 730 29 – 32
University of Michigan–Ann Arbor 590 – 690 640 – 740 600 – 700 27 – 31
Tufts University 680 – 750 680 – 750 680 – 760 30 – 33
University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill 590 – 700 620 – 710 580 – 680 26 – 31
Wake Forest University 580 – 690 600 – 700 27 – 31
Brandeis University 620 – 730 640 – 730 620 – 720 27 – 31
New York University 610 – 710 600 – 720 620 – 710 27 – 31
College of William and Mary 620 – 730 620 – 720 610 – 710 27 – 32
Boston College 610 – 700 640 – 730 630 – 720 29 – 32
Georgia Institute of Technology 580 – 680 650 – 750 580 – 670 27 – 31
Lehigh University 590 – 630 630 – 710
University of California-San Diego 540 – 660 600 – 710 560 – 670 24 – 30
University of Rochester 590 – 690 640 – 720 590 – 690 28 – 33
University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign 540 – 660 660 – 770  
University of Wisconsin–Madison 550 – 670 620 – 720 570 – 670 26 – 30
Case Western Reserve University 590 – 700 650 – 740 590 – 690 28 – 32
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 610 – 700 660 – 750 580 – 680 25 – 30
University of California–Davis 520 – 640 560 – 680 520 – 650 24 – 30
University of California–Santa Barbara 540 – 660 550 – 670 540 – 660 24 – 30
University of Washington 530 – 650 570 – 680 530 – 640 24 – 30
University of California–Irvine 520 – 640 570 – 680 530 – 640
Penn State–University Park 530 – 630 560 – 670 540 – 640
University of Florida 570 – 680 590 – 700 25 – 30
University of Texas–Austin 530 – 660 570 – 700 530 – 660 24 – 30
Tulane University 630 – 700 620 – 700 630 – 710 29 – 32
University of Miami 570 – 680 600 – 700 570 – 670 27 – 31
Yeshiva University 550 – 690 550 – 680 22 – 28
George Washington University 600 – 690 600 – 690 600 – 690 27 – 30
Ohio State University–Columbus 540 – 650 580 – 690 540 – 640 25 – 30
University of Maryland–College Park 580 – 680 620 – 710
Boston University 570 – 660 600 – 690 590 – 680 26 – 30
University of Pittsburgh 570 – 680 590 – 680 560 – 660 25 – 30
Pepperdine University 560 – 660 560 – 680 560 – 660 24 – 30
Syracuse University 510 – 620 540 – 650 520 – 630 23 – 28
University of Georgia 560 – 660 570 – 670 570 – 660 25 – 29
Clemson University 550 – 640 590 – 680 25 – 30
Fordham University 570 – 670 570 – 670 570 – 670 26 – 30
Purdue University–West Lafayette 500 – 610 540 – 670 490 – 600 23 – 29
Texas A&M University–College Station 530 – 640 570 – 670 500 – 620 24 – 30
University of Minnesota–Twin Cities 520 – 670 600 – 710 530 – 650 24 – 29
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey–New Brunswick 530 – 630 560 – 680 540 – 640
University of Connecticut 550 – 640 570 – 670 550 – 650 24 – 29
Southern Methodist University 560 – 660 580 – 680 560 – 660 25 – 30
University of Delaware 520 – 630 540 – 650 520 – 640 24 – 28
Worcester Polytechnic Institute 560 – 660 630 – 720 560 – 660 26 – 31
Brigham Young University–Provo 560 – 670 570 – 680 25 – 30
Indiana University–Bloomington 520 – 630 540 – 660 24 – 29
Michigan State University 470 – 610 540 – 660 480 – 610 23 – 27
University of California–Santa Cruz 510 – 630 520 – 640 520 – 630 22 – 28
University of Iowa 500 – 640 560 – 690 23 – 28
Virginia Tech 540 – 640 570 – 670 540 – 630
Colorado School of Mines 550 – 650 620 – 700 26 – 30
Miami University–Oxford 530 – 630 560 – 660 24 – 29
University of Colorado–Boulder 520 – 630 550 – 650 24 – 28
Baylor University 530 – 640 550 – 650 510 – 620 23 – 29
Northeastern University 580 – 670 620 – 700 580 – 670 27 – 31
SUNY–Binghamton 580 – 670 620 – 710 27 – 30
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry 520 – 610 540 – 630 22 – 27
American University 590 – 700 580 – 670 580 – 690 25 – 30
Marquette University 540 – 640 540 – 660 530 – 640 24 – 29
Stevens Institute of Technology 550 – 650 620 – 710 540 – 650 24 – 29
University of Denver 540 – 640 550 – 650 520 – 620 24 – 29
Auburn University 520 – 640 540 – 660 510 – 620 23 – 29
Clark University 550 – 650 530 – 640 550 – 650 24 – 29
Drexel University 540 – 630 570 – 670 520 – 630 23 – 28
Iowa State University 490 – 640 540 – 690 22 – 28
North Carolina State University–Raleigh 520 – 620 560 – 660 510 – 610 23 – 28
St. Louis University 540 – 650 540 – 670 24 – 30
University of Tulsa 570 – 700 560 – 690 25 – 32
University of Vermont 540 – 640 550 – 640 540 – 640 24 – 28
Howard University 460 – 660 440 – 660 430 – 660 19 – 29
SUNY–Stony Brook 520 – 620 580 – 670 520 – 620 24 – 28
University of Alabama 500 – 600 500 – 620 21 – 28
University of California–Riverside 450 – 570 480 – 620 460 – 570 19 – 25
University of Kansas 22 – 27
University of Nebraska–Lincoln 510 – 670 530 – 680 22 – 29
Florida State University 550 – 640 560 – 650 540 – 630 24 – 28
University of Arizona 460 – 600 490 – 620 21 – 27
University of Missouri 530 – 650 530 – 650 23 – 28
University of Oklahoma 510 – 640 530 – 660 23 – 29
Illinois Institute of Technology 540 – 670 630 – 720 530 – 640 530 – 640
University of Massachusetts–Amherst 520 – 630 540 – 650 23 – 28
University of Tennessee 510 – 640 530 – 650 24 – 29
Washington State University 480 – 590 490 – 610 460 – 570 21 – 26
Texas Christian University 520 – 630 530 – 650 520 – 630 23 – 28
University of Dayton 510 – 610 520 – 640 23 – 28
University of New Hampshire 510 – 610 520 – 630
University of San Diego 550 – 640 570 – 660 550 – 650 25 – 29
University of South Carolina–Columbia 530 – 640 560 – 650 24 – 29

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