Vocabulary should be your top priority when studying for the SAT college admissions test. Without the proper vocabulary knowledge, you won't understand many of the questions -- and probably won't do well in the reading and English sections either. Memorization is a common study strategy, but try some fun and engaging vocabulary activities as well.
Study early. You're not going to master SAT vocabulary overnight, or in a week for that matter. You need one to two months of preparation and consistent study to master the test's vocabulary. Review vocabulary words for 15 to 20 minutes a day.
Sign up for online study or purchase an SAT study book. This exposes you to a large number of foreign and difficult vocabulary words. You can make up your own list of unfamiliar words as you study.
Create flashcards. Flashcards can help you study and retain difficult vocabulary words. With flashcards, you repeat the information to make sure you get it down. If you stumble across words and phrases you don't understand, write them down and include them in your studying.
Take practice tests. Nothing prepares you for the SAT vocabulary like a simulation of the real thing. Because the practice tests are usually just older tests, sign up online and take some SAT tests and familiarize yourself with the vocabulary (see Resources). Write down words you don't understand from the practice tests and add them to your flashcards to study.
Read novels that contain words frequently used on SAT tests (see Resources). This is a more enjoyable way to learn your vocabulary. Read over the definitions of unfamiliar words contained in such books.
Assemble flashcards containing common roots, prefixes and suffixes. Color-code the cards and memorize common Latin word parts. Doing this gives you a feel for what unfamiliar words mean.