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Day 1: SAT/ACT Reading Challenge

Welcome to the 6-week SAT/ACT Reading Challenge!

From June 30 — August 8, 2014, we'll post 1-2 interesting articles for you to read each day (Mon-Fri) that will help you learn the top 100 SAT/ACT vocabulary words.

Over the six weeks, you'll be exposed to these vocabulary words, multiple times in multiple contexts, to ensure that you really learn them. And just like real SAT/ACT reading comprehension passages, the articles we feature will cover a wide variety of topics including culture, education, sports, business, science, and more.

Ready to start reading? Here are today's articles:

1. When Memorization Gets in the Way of Learning
The Atlantic

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 38

The Atlantic: When Memorization Gets in the Way of Learning

Tempted to memorize your way to an A on your next exam? Here's why this may hurt you in the long run.

Featured words: abstract, apocalyptic, civil, controversial, deliberate, efficient, logic, parallel, relevant, systemic.

Daily Reader: Edition #395

Learn 85 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the longest movie plot summaries on Wikipedia, how feeling sick can be relative, and the use of technology in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

1. The Longest Movie Plot Summary on Wikipedia
Slate, 6/26/2014

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 23

Slate: The Longest Movie Plot Summary on Wikipedia

Movie plot summaries can be extremely detailed on Wikipedia. Which movie has the longest summary? Read more and learn vocabulary words like digressive, exhaustive, exuberance, intricate, obscurity, and verbose.

Daily Reader: Edition #394

Learn 67 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: why top NBA draft picks so often disappoint, the plight of minor league baseball players, and the problem with counterfeit goods.

1. Why Top NBA Draft Picks So Often Disappoint
The Atlantic, 6/25/2014

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 20

The Atlantic: Why Top NBA Draft Picks So Often Disappoint

Why is it that so many top draft picks end up performing below-average in the NBA? Read more and learn vocabulary words like dominate, hypothetical, mock, optimism, prospects, and threshold.

Daily Reader: Edition #393

Learn 62 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the 20th anniversary of The Lion King, the use of cellphones in classrooms, and the new sharing economy.

1. The Lion King Turns 20: Every Crazy, Weird Fact About the Disney Classic
The Daily Beast, 6/24/2014

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 37

The Daily Beast: The Lion King Turns 20: Every Crazy, Weird Fact About the Disney Classic

The beloved Disney classic, The Lion King, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Read more and learn vocabulary words like contingent, infallible, mantra, repartee, sinister, and whimsically.

Daily Reader: Edition #392

Learn 75 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the controversy over TV doctors, whether eating carrots really improves your eyesight, and the tennis stars of Wimbledon.

1. It’s Time to Turn Off TV Doctors
The Daily Beast, 6/23/2014

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 35

The Daily Beast: It’s Time to Turn Off TV Doctors

TV doctors like Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, and Dr. Drew are popular, but do they give sound advice? Read more and learn vocabulary words like abrasive, credibility, disparaging, lucrative, narcissism, and penchant.