SSAT – In the SSAT, the Verbal section is considered to be the most challenging section for the most test takers, especially in terms of vocabulary. To support students, ssat.vn has compiled a list of 200 most difficult SSAT words.
What makes the Verbal section of the SSAT difficult are the Synonym and Analogy sections due to its requirement of solid base knowledge about vocabulary.
Vocabulary learning is a challenging and sometimes overwhelming process for international students who do not use English as their mother tongue. Plus, building a vocabulary in a short amount of time can be quite challenged
The following 200 most difficult words on the SSAT will help you prepare for the Verbal exam you will face at SSAT Middle Level and SSAT High Level. Please use the following vocabulary sheet as a tool to support your learning:
Here are a small portion of the 200 most difficult SSAT words:
|1||colleague||n: a co-worker or fellow classmate||The businessman wanted to be separated from his noisy colleague.|
|2||compatible||ADJ: capable of getting along well with other people or things||Maybe he would never find a compatible mate.|
|3||accommodate||V: (1) to be agreeable, acceptable, suitable, (2) to adapt. ADJ: accommodating||(1) This table is meant to accommodate six diners. (2) Jose worked to accommodate himself to the difficult economic times|
|4||amiable||ADJ: friendly, kind, likeable||It was amazing how amiable two people could be when their time together was going to be short.|
|5||congenial||ADJ: friendly, sociable, suited to one’s needs||At Strassburg began his intimacy with Caspar Schwenkfeld, a congenial spirit.|
|6||aloof||ADJ: emotionally distant||His aloof response made her look up.|
|7||nonchalant||ADJ: casual, calm, unconcerned||Have you been too nonchalant about your own legacy?|
|8||apathetic||ADJ: showing no interest or concern.
|He was incorrigibly frivolous, idle and apathetic; his father had given.|
|9||indifferent||ADJ: showing no interest or concern.
|I was strong, active, indifferent to consequences.|
|10||sentimental||ADJ: overly emotional||I know it has sentimental value to you because your dad bought it new.|
|11||hysterical||ADJ: having excessive and uncontrollable emotion. N: hysteria||I don’t know about hysterical, but you do get emotional.|
|12||benevolent||ADJ: kind, generous. N: benevolence||Long Cross Farm is reputedly haunted by a very benevolent spirit.|
|13||compassionate||ADJ: kind, sympathetic. N: compassion||Jade was everything he admired: brave, compassionate, dedicated.|
|14||empathy||N: understanding another’s feelings. ADJ: empathetic||She’d been incapable of empathy or remorse.|
|15||charismatic||ADJ: charming. N: charisma||Svelte, charismatic and cool, Wynn was the opposite of Rhyn in every way except for looks.|
|16||engaging||ADJ: interesting, charming, attractive||He gave her an engaging grin and winked, eliciting a sexy laugh.|
|17||gracious||ADJ: charming, generous, polite||He was gracious and gentle with the old woman.|
|18||courteous||ADJ: polite. N: courtesy||Prince Andrew followed her with a courteous but sad expression.|
|19||cordial||ADJ: polite, friendly||Alex was cordial to his father and formal to his sister.|
|20||tact||N: consideration and sensitivity in dealing with others. ADJ: tactful||This miracle was achieved by tact and management.|
|21||emulate||V: to copy or imitate, to look up to||We tried to emulate what we had seen in the morning.|
|22||flatter||V: to praise excessively or dishonestly. N: flattery||I do not flatter myself, but if it is possible they flatter me.|
|23||fidelity||N: faithfulness, loyalty||It hurt to think he questioned her fidelity, but at least he was willing to listen to reason.|
|24||steadfast||ADJ: determined, loyal, steady||Maria’s steadfast commitment to the cause won her great recognition|
|25||fickle||ADJ: not reliable or dependable, changing opinions frequently||Sasha’s moods were varied and fickle, never lasting too long.|
|26||headstrong||ADJ: stubborn, disobedient||“You’re the most headstrong person I’ve ever met,” he said forcefully, and abruptly turned away.|
|27||obstinate||ADJ: stubborn, disobedient. N: obstinacy||His obstinate resistance came to an end.|
|28||exasperate||V: to annoy, irritate. ADJ: exasperating||Alcohol has a tendency to exasperate already tense situations, so abstaining is usually a good way to go.|
|29||infuriate||V: to anger or enrage. ADJ: infuriating||“No, Gabriel, I can’t decide that fast,” she said in the haughty, dismissive tone that used to infuriate him.|
|30||indignant||ADJ: outraged, angry at something unjust.||He might have been overlooked but for the well-meant, indignant officiousness of his father.|
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Please note that in order to memorize as many words as possible before the SSAT exam, you have to create a daily schedule and make sure to review old words while you are learning new words.
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