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NAEP Test Words

December 7, 2012
Words included in the 2009 and 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests of fourth, eighth, and twelfth grade vocabulary. Read about the test here.
create
An interactive map showing the location of bombs dropped on London during the Blitz in World War II has been created.
BBC (Dec 7, 2012)
spread
Nor would Ebola virus spread easily through orangutan populations.
BBC (Dec 7, 2012)
underestimate
However, as is so often the case, people underestimate how rapidly technology moves on.
Scientific American (Nov 20, 2012)
breakthrough
In 2008, HP scientists announced an incredible breakthrough in fashioning a circuit that had eluded others for over three decades.
Forbes (Nov 29, 2012)
cleared
The half-dozen trees that came down have been cleared.
New York Times (Nov 30, 2012)
clenched
I clenched my teeth as my small hands gripped the mirror shard tighter.
Nature (Dec 5, 2012)
gaze
He gazed up at a tree house he built — now being used by the protesters — turned around and walked quietly back toward his home.
New York Times (Oct 12, 2012)
model
“Venice needs a new model of moving forward.”
New York Times (Dec 6, 2012)
outrage
Measured in tone and outraged in its argument, it is an emotionally stirring, at times crushingly depressing cinematic call to witness.
New York Times (Nov 21, 2012)
pose
The actor strikes familiar poses, the famous cigarette jauntily thrusting.
New York Times (Dec 6, 2012)
puzzled
The thing that puzzled Price the most: Getting better had only made him worse.
Seattle Times (Nov 11, 2012)
sparkle
Floors were going to sparkle, and greeters would welcome customers at the entrance.
Slate (Oct 5, 2012)
staggering
Not long ago, I chronicled their staggering decline in season-ticket sales -- 62 percent over those same 10 years.
Seattle Times (Nov 28, 2012)
striking
Scientists have observed a striking decline in Northeast winters.
New York Times (Dec 6, 2012)
suggest
He suggested that at heart, skiers and snowboarders are optimists.
New York Times (Dec 7, 2012)
barren
Six years later, the barren, brown view has sprung back to life.
Scientific American (Nov 20, 2012)
detect
They were making little test strips that would change color based on the amount of caffeine detected.
Inc (Dec 6, 2012)
eerie
By early Monday, an eerie quiet had fallen over the agency.
New York Times (Nov 8, 2012)
flourish
Organised crime is reported to flourish and kidnappings and violence are commonplace.
BBC (Dec 5, 2012)
prestigious
The Royal Gold Medal for Architecture, the most prestigious British award, followed 10 years later.
The Guardian (Dec 5, 2012)
anecdote
Beyond tips, Tomsky has packed his book with outrageous anecdotes about guests.
Seattle Times (Nov 19, 2012)
edible
She often brought home “mistakes,” confections lacking the trademark swirl, or misunderstood orders, edible but wrong.
The New Yorker (Nov 26, 2012)
grimace
He caught it, but grimaced in pain and was unable to get up.
New York Times (Oct 14, 2012)
icon
Public Enemy: Still ticked off after all these years, the hip-hop icons have been waging war on apathy since the ‘80s.
Chicago Tribune (Dec 5, 2012)
motivate
Her supporters say the impeachment charges are politically motivated.
BBC (Dec 6, 2012)
replicate
But say you want to replicate America’s most famous tree in your living room.
BusinessWeek (Dec 5, 2012)
speciality
As well as the notorious staples of sausage rolls and pasties, outlets sell regional specialities.
The Guardian (Aug 17, 2012)
concoct
Wireless providers have concocted a particularly dizzying array of hurdles to get on their Web sites.
New York Times (Jun 22, 2012)
embedded
Code is embedded in our phones, ATMs, voting machines, buildings, social interactions, culture.
Slate (Nov 30, 2012)
laden
In the clubhouse, a table is laden with flowers and sympathy notes offering "strength and support in these hard times".
BBC (Dec 6, 2012)
permeate
In rural areas, cigarette smoke permeates buses, shops and even doctors' offices.
Nature (Sep 26, 2012)
responsible
Scientists are responsible for providing the hard data.
Scientific American (Dec 6, 2012)
solace
“Some of my patients take solace in knowing that the pesticide levels are below safety thresholds,” Dr. Bravata said.
New York Times (Sep 3, 2012)
tolerate
These teachers, professionally trained to deal with cheeky people, tolerated my impertinent frisking.
Time (Nov 28, 2012)
vast
TV still makes up the vast majority of advertising media budgets, by far.
Forbes (Dec 7, 2012)
wistful
“Lots of good memories here,” a wistful Francis said, before turning back and smiling.
Washington Post (Nov 16, 2012)
urbane
On air his urbane tenor speaking voice conveys a cool omniscience and authority that seem ageless.
New York Times (Jun 23, 2012)
capitalize
Any transaction will need to move quickly in order to capitalize on consumer interest. 
Inc (Dec 6, 2012)
prospective
But who exactly will end up buying in Andermatt is on the minds of the marketers, as well as a few prospective buyers.
New York Times (Nov 24, 2012)
prosper
Every company in the world has tightened it's belt and many are prospering, why?
BBC (Nov 13, 2012)
reimburse
Insurance companies do not currently reimburse private advocates' fees.
US News (Oct 9, 2012)
articulate
Having articulated our business model in 20 minutes, we can now look back on the experience.
Inc (Nov 5, 2012)
proactive
Shariat said men should be particularly proactive about their health care.
Reuters (Dec 6, 2012)
self-possessed
But Mrs. Arlington, usually cold as ice and perfectly self-possessed, had quite lost her nerve.
Standish, Burt L.
delusion
People with schizophrenia can at times have delusions that they are responsible for crimes they did not commit.
New York Times (Jun 1, 2012)

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Saturday September 21st 2013, 6:59 AM
Comment by: Olivera P. (Serbia, Republic of)
As easy as these words are, you might get a little too hotheaded and click the first answer that seems like the correct one, make sure to read the whole answers, before you click. :)

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