Can You Pass Vocabulary Test That Only 3% Of Adults Will Get More Than 17 Out Of 23 Correct On?

Updated March 16, 2017

Once again, Playbuzz has done it! From the creators of the internet’s most interesting games comes another English test that has stumped the vast majority of Americans.

As the creators claim, “Only 3% of native English speakers get more than 17/23.” Now that’s a challenging claim, but based on the feedback from test-takers, it seems to be true.

Why don’t you give it a shot? Scroll down and take this SAT vocabulary synonym test today! Tell us how you did in the comment section!

The concept of the quiz is simple. You need to choose the best synonym for the word in each question.

But what is a synonym? According to, a synonym is “a word having the same or nearly the same meaning as another in the language, as happy, joyful, elated.”

The word itself is a combination of Latin, Greek, and Middle English roots.

And discusses why English has so many synonyms as compared to other languages.

“English, with its long history of absorbing terminology from a wealth of other tongues, is a language particularly rich in synonyms…Just about every popular dictionary defines synonym as a term having “the same or nearly the same” meaning as another, but there is an important difference between “the same” and “nearly the same.”

“Noun synonyms sometimes mean exactly the same thing. A Dalmatian is a coach dog —same dog. A bureau is a chest of drawers. And if you ask for a soda on the east coast of the U.S., you’ll get the same drink that asking for a pop will get you farther west.”

Give the quiz a shot below.

If you don’t do as well as you’d like, here are a few tips to increase your SAT vocabulary synonyms test score.

According to the blog,, the best way to improve your SAT vocabulary is to use a “waterfall method.”

In this study program, you gather together a stack of flashcards. Each as a tough word you want to learn on it. First review every word in your deck, if you know it, put it into the “know it” pile. And if you didn’t get it right, but it in a second pile called the “struggled” pile.

The blog continues, “Pick up the Struggled pile, and repeat the process. This time the Struggled pile will have fewer words than your starting deck. Put the words you know this time around into a second Know It pile, and the words you’re struggling with again in a new Struggled pile. Now you have three stacks.”

Keep repeating this process until you get all the words stuffed into your brain. While knowing the definitions can be helpful, the true test of knowing the word is to be able to use it in a sentence.

After you’ve got your words correct, start viewing them backwards in the piles. This will help you review everything and make sure you get it right.

Take the quiz below!