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The New SAT: Language of the Test – List #3 – 25 Words

passage

a section of text, particularly a section of medium length

shift

change in quality

primarily

for the most part

primary

most important

argue

present reasons to support one’s views

controversy

a dispute where there is strong disagreement

support

establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts

analysis

an investigation of the component parts of a whole

contradict

be in opposition to

refute

overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof

consistent

in agreement or reliable

reflect

manifest or indicate

reflection

a calm, lengthy, intent consideration

criticize

point out real or perceived flaws

critique

appraise or judge in an analytical way

demonstrate

show the validity of something, as by example or explanation

illustrate

clarify by giving an example of

confirm

establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts

motivation

the condition of being given incentive for action

motive

the reason that arouses action toward a desired goal

percent

a proportion in relation to a whole

percentage

a proportion in relation to a whole

dictate

determine, order, or control how something is done

clarify

make clear and comprehensible

conclusion

a position or opinion reached after consideration
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