The PowerScore SAT Vocabulary Report

After each official SAT administration, PowerScore instructors comb internet message boards to find vocabulary words that test takers report as having occurred on the test. The lists here include words that appeared in both right and wrong answers; knowing a definition so that you can eliminate a word can be as important as knowing the definition of the correct answer. These words are mainly from the Sentence Completion questions, but some do come from the answer choices of Passage-Based Reading questions. Note that words from experimental sections have a higher probability of appearing on a future test.

June 2014 SAT
archaeologist   encroach incoherent satirical
autodidact   extrapolate irrelevant schism
autonomous   flux neophyte   semblance
awed   hubris obscurity   shortsighted
  circumspect   humbug pariah skeptical
digression iconoclast prudent   superseding
  elude   imperative   risible   unduly
              untenable
✓ This word appears on the PowerScore Repeat Offender word list.
May 2014 SAT
  abjured complacent   fortuitous pugnacious
abstract credulous histrionics   rebuffed
  alarmist dissemble   intrepid repudiated
  aloof   duplicitous   jovial skeptical
  anomalous egalitarian   mercurial superficially
  apprehensive   enticing partisan superfluity
awestruck exemplary pedantic unorthodox
  buffeting fabricated precocious vindicated
callous            
✓ This word appears on the PowerScore Repeat Offender word list.
March 2014 SAT
analogous evoke   obtrusive   rudimentary
apt   fraudulent   panopoly   salubrious
  celerity   hyperbolic perilous speculative
  clemency   hypothesis   piecemeal   sulky
  cogent   indebted   placebo therapeutic
  cursory   inept plausible   unabated
  discrepency   judicious   remedy   versatile
disparity   meld reverence   viable
  droll objectively   ribald    
✓ This word appears on the PowerScore Repeat Offender word list.
January 2014 SAT
alacrity indubitably proliferation   superannuated
  audacity infallabilty prudent   tangent
candid intemperate   recondite tenacious
  deplorable lament   rectify transitory
digressive malodorous refute unequivocal
diverting modest   reproving unpretentious
efficacious obscure   reproving   untenable
  elusive ominous   seminal   vernacular
erudite   onerous   spurn vigilant
exemplar opulent   stagnation   voraciousness
  expunge   perseverance subtle    
✓ This word appears on the PowerScore Repeat Offender word list.
December 2013 SAT
  abate   compilation laud   terse
  abruptness   compromise malleability unscrupulous
ameliorate cynical obscure   valediction
anecdote   denouement   peroration verisimilitude
  balked depict placid vigilance
  befuddled digression   plasticity   yearning
capricious   discriminating pliability zealous
  colloquy   feckless   protean    
commemorate   galvanize provincial    
✓ This word appears on the PowerScore Repeat Offender word list.
November 2013 SAT
  aberration exasperation   manifest   prestigious
analogy   exhortative   musings   prompt
augmentation exploitation parsimonious   saccharine
  authentic frugal partisan scintillating
  dictum   hypothetical pragmatic    
didactic laudatory   predicate    
✓ This word appears on the PowerScore Repeat Offender word list.
October 2013 SAT
aesthetic derisive   implicate paradoxical
  aqueous dilettante   inaugurates   placate
arid disparate indignant   polarized
  automaton   domestic   indiscretion   propriety
  balmy epitomized indulgent punctilious
belies evoked   inhospitable   quotidian
belligerent exonerate   labyrinthine satire
  blighted   faculty   lofty   stipulation
  commodious   forbearance mundane   stolid
conciliation   gaudy   myriad   studiously
decorum   homely   novelty undermine
deferential   impassioned   oblige    
✓ This word appears on the PowerScore Repeat Offender word list.
June 2013 SAT
acumen heady pithiness taciturn
aesthetic hiatus precocity tempered
amalgamate indelible quixotic tenacious
authoritative ineptitude schism tranquil
chaotic intoxicating shrewd transgression
compassion mirthful surmountable undertaking
defunct moribund surpassed unwarranted
disparity objectivity symbiosis volatile
felonious optimism
✓ This word appears on the PowerScore Repeat Offender word list.
May 2013 SAT
abrasive dislodge flippant prosaic
analytical disparate immoral reconcile
antagonistic disquieting impassive rhetorical
arcane elective judgmental sacrosanct
assiduousness enmity marginalized speculative
celestial ensconsed nonchalant undermining
contingency evocation obduracy unnerving
customary exemplify postulate wearisome
diffident exhortation
✓ This word appears on the PowerScore Repeat Offender word list.
March 2013 SAT
aesthetically dogmatism inane profound
affectation eccentric lamenting redress
arbitrarily emanates legitimacy resilience
arduous eminent lucrative sanguine
aristocratic emotive melancholy spontaneous
assertion entitlement narcissism stilted
autonomy epitomized nomadic stymied
categorical explication nondescript superficial
cerebral facsimile ominous theoretical
connoisseur galvanized palliative undermine
cultivate genteel phenomenon vacillate
dichotomy grandeur pompous
diligent gullible precocity
disillusioned haphazard pretentious
✓ This word appears on the PowerScore Repeat Offender word list.
January 2013 SAT
acerbic churlish indefatigable plethora
affronted condemnation mollified satirical
anecdote dearth musings skepticism
antithetical diminution obsequious subtle
artifice disclosure palatable temperance
audacious egregious partisan underscore
autonomous execrable phenomenon wanting (adj.)
caustically fallacious placidity wary
✓ This word appears on the PowerScore Repeat Offender word list.
December 2012 SAT
analogous cultivates innovator purports
anecdote curator inquisitive reactionary
aptness dexterous litany regimental
aura diminish manifold skeptical
awe disparate multifaceted stringent
carnivalesque fruition pensive subjective
converging impassive personification unprecedented
convey incredulous provoke untenable
vindication
✓ This word appears on the PowerScore Repeat Offender word list.
November 2012 SAT
altruism destitute impugn scrutinized
arduous disconcerting incremental spate
brisk disparaging ingenuity surrogate
caricature disparity personification unalloyed
castigate euphemism pervasive vindication
collaborative fortuitous prim vulnerable
cultivated hostility recant waning
cursory humanitarian sanguine
✓ This word appears on the PowerScore Repeat Offender word list.
October 2012 SAT
ambivalent elucidate mired polymath
autonomous erudite mollifying scant
baleful idealogue munificent skeptical
cavalier implications ominous skew
conventions indefatigable onerous subversive
cosmopolitan inherently phenomenon superfluous
degraded inhibit philistine undisclosed
eccentric malevolent phlegmatic urbane
vapid
✓ This word appears on the PowerScore Repeat Offender word list.
June 2012 SAT
  adamant   disconcerted   integral   snide
analogous dubious mediate   stuffy
anecdote   elude   mollified stultified
articulate espouse neophyte   temperamental
assertion   evocative   novelty transience
assiduous   exhilarate pedantic undermine
  bracing (adj.)   extemporize   pensive   vexing
circumvent flippant   peremptory weary
complacent idealistic   primacy    
  conjecture indignant   ratify    
cynical   inscrutable refute    
✓ This word appears on the PowerScore Repeat Offender word list.
May 2012 SAT
Words from reported experimental sections:
  germane   ancillary flourished   shrewdness curtailed
Words from reported scored sections:
  Chagrin   Spurn   Elixir Cajolery   Inured
Narcissist   Sequester Gregarious Prudent Disdain
  Laconic   Influx   Stolid Substantial Objective
  Voluable   Blunderer Satirical Loquaciousness Inherently
  Cryptic Amateur   Proximity Garrulous   Retrospective
Entrepreneur Province   Metaphor   Parochial Insight
Dilettante   Embodiment   Regimental   Sinecure Zealous
  Dabbler   Antitheses Underscore Auspicious Inhibit
  Boon   Fortitude Illusion Ebullient    
  Bohemian   Serendipity   Perception Effusive    
✓ This word appears on the PowerScore Repeat Offender word list.
March 2012 SAT
acute disdain jaded precipitate
ambivalent dispel   jovial   regal
analogy   enmity   maladroit skeptical
  anomalous   evenhanded   mimicry substantiate
  beguiled   faction neophyte   superlative
cavalier   finite   noble truncated
  champion (vb)   impede paradox underscore
  confluence   implacable penchant    
  culled   imposing   peremptory    
derisive insidious   polemical    
✓ This word appears on the PowerScore Repeat Offender word list.
January 2012 SAT
  aberrant deferential   humbuggery   quackery
adroit digress inquisitive   rapacious
  aloof   distorted lauded   ruminant
ambivalent docile loquacious   scoundrel
analogous   eluded   magnitude   self-effacing
  apprehensive erudition meticulous   transcribe
awe   evasiveness obdurate underscored
cathartic   expostulate objective unequivocal
consensus   forestall phenomenon   voluptuous
  cultivate histrionics   prescient    
✓ This word appears on the PowerScore Repeat Offender word list. NOTE: PowerScore compiles these word lists using posts on internet message boards. We do not claim that these lists are comprehensive or entirely accurate; they are merely lists of words that anonymous test takers reported seeing on each particular test.
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