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SAT Verbal Velocity is Kaplan's comprehensive review of the words test takers are most likely to encounter on the SAT. This informative and entertaining approach focuses on frequently tested words students need to master to score higher on this important test.
1. Gap-Toothed and Proud of It
2. Billie Jean King: One Giant Leap
3. Jimmy Hoffa Never Made it Home to Grill His Meat
4. Impeaching a President: What Happened
5. Guess Who I Am?
6. Woodstock '69: The Original
7. Christina Applegate: Making It in Hollywood
8. Junior Johnson: Stock Car Hero
9. Carol Burnett: Ear-Tugging Comedienne
10. Guess Who I Am?
11. William Randolph Hearst: Big Man Media
12. Soccer Boogie
13. Herbert Hoover Wasn't Such a Bad Guy Really
14. John Starks: Making the Most of What You've Got
15. Wisconsin: Got Milk?
16. 1968: Riots in Chicago
17. Tom Hanks: He Used to Wear a Dress
18. Jesse Ventura: From Wrassler to Governor
19. Backstreet Boys: Overnight Sensations
20. Guess Who I Am?
21. Brad Pitt: His Famous Girlfriends
22. Jackie Chan: Star in Asia, Cult Hero in America
23. Guess Who I Am?
24. Lost Generation is Found
25. Guess Who I Am?
26. Apollo 11: Eagle's Tricky Landing
27. Friends: No One Told You Life Would Be This Way
28. The Goggenheim Museum
29. The Great Communicator
30. Buckaroo Bonzai: A Cowboy's Gotta Live
31. Watergate: More Than Just a Presidential Scandal
32. Guess Who I Am?
33. Hot Dog Jungle
34. Andy Warhol: Soup Cans and So Much More
35. Reverend Jesse Jackson: A Life of Service
36. Mae West Was the Best
37. Lockdown USA: Prison Overcrowding
38. Guess Who I Am?
39. The Pentagon Papers
40. Siegfried and Roy Toy with Death By Tiger
41. Niagara Falls in a Barrel? You've Gotta Be Kidding
42. Before Michael Jackson Was Weird, He Was Young
43. Pac-Man: More Popular Than FlaredTrousers
44. Senator Barry Goldwater: Conservative Republican Legend
45. Invention of Television
46. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Write Your Own Episode
47. Saving American Farms: Farm Aid Does Its Part
48. Babe Ruth: Tough Beginnings
49. Testing Your Simpson IQ
50. Guess Who I Am?
51. The Legend of Bigfoot
52. Hunter S. Thompson: Gonzo Journalist
53. Sonny and Cher: The Golden Years
54. The Gulf War
55. The 1950s: Conformity is Good
56. The 1960s: Lots of Newfangled Changes
57. The 1970s: The Scary and Addled Decade
58. The 1980s: The Greed Decade
59. The 1990s: The Boom Decade
60. Ben Franklin: Kind and Gentle Inventor
61 Guess Who I Am?
Glossary of SAT Words
From SAT Verbal Velocity
1. I began my illustrious career as a bodybuilder. I pumped iron day after day until my body was a mass of sculpted muscle. I had a mane of tawny brown hair and wore Speedo swimsuits. I rubbed oil all over my body. I was a bronze god.
a) easily influenced
b) unchangeable, invariable
c) famous, renowned
2. But being a bronze god was not enough for my massive ego. So I got into the movies, a career I had aspired to ever since I was a little kid in my hometown of Thal. My first movie part was playing the mythic hero Hercules. I was very good, fabulous, but they had to overdub my lines because at that time I had a thick Austrian accent.
a) hoped for; aimed at
b) feared, loathed
c) mocked; made fun of
3. Of course I soon conquered Hollywood. I was unbelievably buff and brilliant in action films like Terminator and True Lies, and I was a comic genius in funny movies like Twins and Kindergarten Cop. I married a Kennedy, too -- a famous one, but not as famous as me. I guess you could say I am a true behemoth, both because of my large body and because I conquer and dominate everything I put my mind to.
b) movie star
c) huge creature
Who am I?
I am Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Exercise answers: 1. C; 2. A; 3. C.
1. First off, I have a freakish voice. Not bad freakish -- good freakish. Eight octaves at last count. That's kind of how I got discovered. I had a demo tape, a big-time music executive popped it in his car stereo one night,and voila, I had a record contract. But there are tons of people with beautiful singing voices. I attribute my fame to assiduously courting mainstream pop music styles and not trying anything too, well, freaky.
2. My first album did really great. In 1991, I won Best New Artist and Best Female Vocalist. That almost never happens. Still, while it may seem like I am lucky, I have been very diligent in pursuing my career. I never go too long without a single, I put out an album or two every year, and I change my look to stay on top of current fashion trends. It's hard work!
b) aggressive, ruthless
c) careful and hard-working
3. I've had a pretty wild ride since. Besides my individual success with albums like Daydream and Butterfly, I have collaborated with all sorts of musicians, including Whitney Houston, Boyz to Men, and Puff Daddy. I even dated Derek Jeter! Not bad for a short girl with a good voice.
a) partied all night
b) work together
c) argued arcane philosophical points
Who am I?
I am Mariah Carey.
Exercise answers: 1. C; 2. C; 3. B.
1. I started playing golf when I was incredibly young -- two years old to be exact. My dad wanted me to be the best golfer ever. When I was 5, I went on the Tonight Show and showed Johnny Carson how well I could putt. At that time, it was almost inevitable that I would be a great golfer. But just how good I would get -- nobody could have predicted that.
a) certain, unavoidable
b) unheard of, rare
c) unlikely, slim chance of
2. I ended up going to college at Stanford University. While I was there, I obviously kept playing golf. I was tenacious on the golf course. No matter how bad a shot I had hit, I never gave up. Grinding -- that's what I call it. I always keep grinding. Anyway, I was the best amateur golfer around. I won everything, including the U.S. Amateur Championship. When I graduated Stanford, I turned pro.
a) lackadaisical, flippant
b) calm, cool, considered
c) determined, keeping a firm grip on
3. Just weeks after I turned pro, I entered the Masters golf championship. Whaddya know -- I won. By 12 strokes -- the greatest margin of victory ever in the tournament. I was only 21. I guess my dad was clairvoyant when he gave me my first set of clubs when I was a kid. I guess he knew I would become the best player in the world -- maybe the best player ever.
a) crazy, not in control of one's faculties
b) exceptionally insightful, able to see the future
c) intelligent, able to make the right decision
Who am I?
I am Tiger Woods.
Answers: 1. A; 2. C; 3. B.
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