Students who aim to achieve a high SAT score should develop their knowledge of vocabulary. Understanding the definition is an important factor, but how words fit into the context of a written passage is the key.
Understand Meaning of Words Based on Context
Words with multiple-meanings are incorporated into passages and become the subject of SAT questions. For example, the test will ask for the meaning of a word like “attribute” or “novel” based on the context of the written passage, not simply for the definition of the word. You could think of it as if the test is asking for the closest synonym for the given word.
Another example is the test may ask how the use of certain words establish the tone of the paragraph. In that scenario, the student must determine what the author was trying to convey. Again, while it’s important to know the definition of words, students must also have the ability to understand the written content as well as the specific meaning or purpose of why certain words are used.