The redesigned SAT, that will come into effect in 2016, will no longer test the students for only memorizing the confusing definitions of words. They are aiming to emphasize more useful words that you can come upon in life.
The students that studied a lot won’t be able to pass the vocabulary section easily by just matching definitions unthinkingly. They have to read the passages and understand what the words mean.
Before, the SAT vocabulary section had one-sentence questions that provided
only a little context, and it used to test if the student knew the definition of the word, not necessarily what it meant in the text. The College Board has decided it does not want to test memorization skills, but rather understanding of the language.
The College Board announced that they will be concentrating on words that are known as ‘Tier Two’. If ‘Tier One’, ‘Tier Two’ and ‘Tier Three’ words need to be summarized : Tier One words are the words that a kid learns the first. Such as ball, cup, sit, bed. Tier Three words are the words that mean only a particular thing; they only have one single meaning. Just like asphalt.
Tier Two words however are the words that The College Board will be concentrating on. They are words that have many different meanings in different contexts. The new SAT test will now concentrate on deep understanding, and not on ‘’semi-obscure’’ definitions of words.