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The most eville vocabulary test ever

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by PRlady, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. PRlady

    PRlady foot in both camps

    I make my living writing, I'm a bookworm and I scored well on my SAT verbal section back in the dark ages. And I found this test, once you get past the first page, really really difficult.

  2. Sofia Alexandra

    Sofia Alexandra Well-Known Member

    "Your total vocabulary size is estimated to be: 28,700 words."

    "Most Native English adult speakers who have taken the test fall in the range 20,000–35,000 words. [...] And for foreign learners of English, we've found that the most common vocabulary size is from 2,500–9,000 words."

    Yeah, I'm good. :cool: I need to look some words up though; there were several that I know I've encountered quite a lot, but I don't actually know what they mean. :shuffle:
  3. Lynn226

    Lynn226 Well-Known Member

    What's your score? Mine is 17,900.

    I had the said same issue as Sofia. I recognized words, but without a context, I wasn't completely confident that I knew the meaning. I didn't check those words.
  4. Angelskates

    Angelskates Well-Known Member

    Your total vocabulary size is estimated to be: 44,000 words

    I get vocabulary delivered to my inbox each day, and actually learn it, and then find it in Italian and Chinese :shuffle:
  5. barbk

    barbk Well-Known Member

    That was quite the funambulist who entertained us on that slack line at the Superbowl last year, wasn't it?

    Quite possibly the first (and only) time I am likely to use that word.
  6. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    Mine is only 20,700 words. :slinkaway
  7. Spareoom

    Spareoom Well-Known Member

  8. rjblue

    rjblue Having a great day!

    I did it and only checked the words I could define and got 33,000 words. Then I redid it and also checked the words I was certain were words, but would have to see them in a sentence, and got 37,700. I think I could pick a few more like vibrassae and estivation, but I'd be down to hunches at that point.

    I think readers of Georgette Heyer have a bit of an advantage. :)
  9. JasperBoy

    JasperBoy Aging in a great place

  10. PDilemma

    PDilemma Well-Known Member


    I used to teach an elective vocabulary course that included Greek and Latin roots and such.

    Kids would improve their verbal SAT scores by a mile after one quarter of that class. I improved my vocab along the way, too.
  11. Jimena

    Jimena Well-Known Member

    35,300. My first language is Spanish, but I studied in the US and lived there for a long time. I also took French and Italian and I'm sure that helps. My verbal scores in the SAT and GREs were always better than my native English speaking friends... :shuffle:
  12. Cachoo

    Cachoo Well-Known Member

  13. KatieC

    KatieC So peaceful

    30,000. I read a lot, but more for pleasure and distraction from a boring job.
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  14. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

    Darn it, PRlady -- I didn't have time for this tonight, but I can't pass up a vocabulary quiz! :lol: The curse of the English major. I got 34,700.
  15. skipaway

    skipaway Well-Known Member

    34,000 Thanks for the quiz, I'll send it on.
  16. centerstage01

    centerstage01 Well-Known Member

  17. gkelly

    gkelly Well-Known Member

    Afterward I looked up some of the words I didn't check and realized that I did know two or three of them -- but I hadn't been sure enough to commit.

    And I did check "uxoricide" even though I'm not certain I'd ever seen that exact word before, because I know what uxori- means and I know what -cide means, so I was certain about the meaning of the word. I looked it up and I was right. But according to their explanation of how they chose the words, they didn't want words that you could figure out without having seen them before. I guess that applies only to words from Anglo-Saxon roots and not Latin roots?
  18. Matryeshka

    Matryeshka Well-Known Member

  19. taf2002

    taf2002 zexy demon

    I only checked the ones that I could use in a sentence. I was tempted to check the ones that I was pretty sure I knew what it was but didn't. My score was 36,300....I'm pretty sure I've lost some gray matter. Old-timers disease, ya' know.
  20. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

    33,900 :fragile:

    That last column is a killer :lol:
  21. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

  22. danceronice

    danceronice Corgi Wrangler

    38,600. (I wonder which version of SAT scoring they're using or if they adjust the program based on your year of birth. I had a 770, but that was before they changed the totals and scoring system. Actually the only section of the PSATs, SAT, SAT IIs or GRES where I got below 700 in anything was math/quantitative...but I don't know what they'd be under the way they're scored now.)

    I knew more than I expected I would...some I now have to look up as I'm curious! And amazing how many of the really weird ones you know when you're a big Edward Gorey fan.
  23. Matryeshka

    Matryeshka Well-Known Member

    Never underestimate the power of reading ABL (anything but li-chra-chure). My score is high because of a reading diet of urban fantasy and anything with gratuitous sex scenes and/or werewolves. I do not jest. Read a decent--doesn't even have to be particularly good--modern urban fantasy novel. I knew vibrissae because of a really bad mystery urban fantasy series I read a long time ago. The killer, a shapeshifter, was caught because of odd vibrissae found at the crime scene.
  24. martian_girl

    martian_girl New Member

  25. Prancer

    Prancer Strong and stable Staff Member

    :lol: I find historical romances to be a great source for WWF.

    41,800, although I did cheat on a couple of things like uxoricide. I didn't know the word, but I was sure I knew what it meant.
  26. Kasey

    Kasey Correcting President Trump's grammar on Twitter :)

    41,300. I'll credit reading Rex Stout as a teen and young adult
  27. skateboy

    skateboy Well-Known Member

    23,200. Damn, I don't know nuttin' 'bout nuttin'.
  28. maatTheViking

    maatTheViking Danish Ice Dance! Go Laurence & Nikolaj!

    20500 - lower than I expected actually. I got a lot of word from being a role player :p.lots of words I didn't know though!

    I was in doubt as to to reply to the non-native speaker demographics. I did study English, but took an International Baccalaureate for high school, and half my subjects in uni was in English, 80% had English (American) text books. And I lived in the US for 7 years...

    Funny that I realised that I didn't learn tat any words from all my text books, fiction is a much better source than non-fiction!
  29. Zemgirl

    Zemgirl Well-Known Member

    I agree - other than the awful last column, my romance reading proved quite helpful. I think Loretta Chase alone must have used half of the more difficult words in her books ;)

    I wasn't sure either. English is technically not my native language, but I learned to speak it at a young age, lived in the US for several years, and almost everything I read is in English. So I said it's my native language. Also because it meant answering fewer personal questions. :p
  30. maatTheViking

    maatTheViking Danish Ice Dance! Go Laurence & Nikolaj!

    For fluent non-native speakers, which looks like most of the non-native speakers here, it would be interesting to see how it correlates to the vocabulary in their native tongue. For instance, in both Danish and English my writing skills are adequate, but not great. I tend to be repetitive in my word choice, and ramble too much.

    I wonder if vocabulary also has parallels once you get over the 'learner' stage (as their average user is in given the vocabulary. 3000 words would be a good bet for my German vocabulary, for instance :p)

    It also surprised me they didn't ask for you education level - usually that is a good indicator too, I thought?