Start Looking For ‘High-Utility’ Insults To Replace The Obscure Ones You’ve Been Using


From 2021 or so, first-year analysts may not get the sarcasm when you call the garbage they produce “trenchant,” and may seek clarification when asked to prevaricate on a sensitive matter.

Draft questions released today by the College Board, owner of the [SAT], illustrate the scope of the test’s first redesign since 2005. The new model, which will be implemented in 2016, aims to show students’ mastery of concepts taught in high school rather than measure skills and words they might rarely or never use in real life��.

Under the reading portion of the new test, students will be asked to analyze “relevant” words in context. One criticism of the current and previous tests has been the use of esoteric vocabulary that a typical 17-year-old test-taker wouldn’t use and acquired only through rote memorization. Sample questions from practice tests on the New York-based College Board’s website lists word choices including “sagacious,” “trenchant” and “raconteur.”

SAT Adopts Real-World Questions and Jettisons Obscure Words [Bloomberg]
Revised SAT Won’t Include Obscure Vocabulary Words [NYT]