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Fun & Free SAT Practice: Words Starting With K

Updated on March 11, 2019

Learn common SAT words that start with K. Fun examples from pop culture can help you remember the definitions!

KEEN - adjective - able to recognize fine distinctions

The word "keen" often refers to excellent vision or a sharp mind.

Example: George Costanza claims that he doesn't need glasses; his vision is keen. However, he mistook an onion for an apple.

Watch George eat an onion! Then answer the practice SAT question.

George Costanza Eats an Onion

Fill in the blank.

Jerry agreed that George’s eyesight was ________. According to Jerry, George noticed a dime on the road when driving without eyeglasses.

(A) kindred

(B) laconic

(C) keen

(D) limber

The best answer is C, keen. Jerry agreed that George’s eyesight was keen.

About the other choices:

  • Kindred refers to shared genetics (biological relatives) or a shared spirit (having the same values)

  • Laconic means “brief and to the point”

  • Limber means “flexible” or “can bend easily”

KNAVE - noun - a dishonest and/or unscrupulous man

Knave is also a synonym for the jack in cards. Most often though, this word refers to a man you can't trust.

Example 1: Urging impeachment, the politician described his party's leader as a knave.

Example 2: Watch this clip from The Golden Girls to see a dishonest man in action! Then study the SAT practice question below.

A Con Man (KNAVE) on "The Golden Girls"

SAT Words in Context Practice Question

The best answer is D, dishonest man.

About other choices:

  • A junta (HOON-ta) is a military dictatorship

  • A debutante (DEB-yoo-tahnt) is a young woman making her debut in society

KEN - noun - a range of knowledge or range of vision

Example: Michael Scott is officially a manager, yet effective management seems beyond his ken.

Kick back with Michael Scott! Then study the SAT-style question below.

The Incompetence of Michael Scott

The best answer is C, comprehension.


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