Building a vocabulary is hard. You have to read a lot. We mean a lot. Read. Read. Read. However, when you are faced with standardized tests, like the ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, HSPT, ISEE, SSAT, LSAT, etc. you don't have much time to build a great vocabulary, if you already don't have one.
Here is a handy tip to quickly build a great one if you are pressed for time.
Replace the word 'very' with a new word!
As a bonus, below is a list of the top 100 words on the SAT.
Top 100 words on the SAT
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