SAT Vocab: comprehensive

comprehensive

Part of Speech: adj

Pronunciations: kom-pree-HEN-siv IPA: /kɒm.prɪ.ˈhɛn.sɪv/

Definition: including all or a great amount, especially as related to knowledge or learning (Ex: a comprehensive analysis).

Example:
In timed essays, such as the 25-minute essay on the SAT, students aren’t expected to write comprehensive treatises on the subjects they choose; on the contrary, they are expected to come up with only a handful of good ideas and explain them.

Most common mistake: In class, when this word comes up, a LOT of students say that they think this word means understandable. It doesn’t. Be careful!

See the word in an SAT sample question: Solve this sample sentence completion question: http://www.urch.com/forums/sat/119954-sentence-completion-anna-maria-asserted-she-learned-little.html.

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