SAT Vocabulary Games

Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

Memorizing SAT vocabulary can be tedious. This lesson gives teachers several game ideas that can be used by students inside and outside the classroom to make the task more fun.

SAT Vocabulary Games

Learning SAT vocabulary to prepare for the college admissions exams can be a daunting task. Vocab lists contain hundreds of words. All too often students assume that the only way to learn a new word is to put it on a flashcard and constantly self-quiz. While flashcards can be helpful, there are more interesting and efficient ways to learn new words.

Teachers can help students learn SAT vocabulary by introducing them to vocabulary games that are an engaging alternative to flash cards. Also, because the new SAT incorporates words that are used in real life, students should try them out in their everyday conversations and writing.

Let's look at a few SAT vocabulary games that can be used in the classroom or in study groups.

SAT Vocabulary Bingo

Even though this game requires some preparation, it can be a useful and fun classroom activity. Basically, it works the same way as standard bingo but instead of numbers you use SAT vocabulary. To prepare the vocabulary list for the game, try the following:

  • Tell students to make a list of the more difficult vocabulary words and definitions, which they have encountered while studying for the SAT.
  • Collect the lists and compile them into a master list of at least 100 words.

There are two ways to play the game.

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