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

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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. :)
Thursday March 17th 2016, 7:42 AM
Comment by: Elissa B. (SC)
ok i will try to answer correctly

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