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Q1: My students have emailed me their answers to some of the session puzzles they have completed. I have not received their answers. What is the "blocking" problem? How do I fix it?

A: When you do not receive the scores from your students, even though they type in YOUR correct email, either the email server at the school or the ISP that the school uses, does not recognize and has not authorized for you to receive email from "" (she is not "whitelisted"). The way to correct this "block" is to go to your ISP, through your IT person, and ask them to unblock emails from They will "whitelisted" Jans emails and you will be fixed! This should clear up things and allow the ability for you to get your student-answers.

Q2: I have been using your SAT/ACT vocabulary puzzles in my 11-12 grade English classes for several years. Is it possible for me to get the puzzles in the old HTML format? Why did you change?

A: The reason we went to the new format with the SAT/ACT Test Prep is that every puzzle, except for the Crossword and Word Search, is now interactive and answers are scored and can be sent via email to anyone. (We believe the CW and WS are better exercises on paper than interactive on the web!) There are also teachers that really like things about the old version plus we have lots of direct links in them that we do not want to lose. So, we did not get rid of them! (Glad you are one of them.) We did put on each of the 12 old TopSAT features an "ALERT" saying that the new ones have more utility for interactivity. You will see that "Note" when you go to any of the old ones with this link: -- then substitute -- topsat2 or topsat3 or ......topsat12.html

Q11: My ten-year old son needs practice for a spelling bee. What content do you have that will help him?

A: Try to find topics/subjects among the 730 word lists that interest him. Choose words that are challenging, not too hard, and make flash cards. You might want to play for pennies. If he spells a word correctly, he wins the coin. If he makes an error, he pays you. Always enlist the help of his teacher who can also provide encouragement, suggestions and other word lists.

Q12: My wife and I have two sons who are disinterested in learning. Their scores are low. What would motivate them?

A: If your sons enjoy using the computer show them Vocabulary University sessions. They might “like” the faculty members and the graphics behind the various puzzles. Working together, you can show them the “roots/cells” of words and how useful they are in deciphering meanings of unfamiliar words. After all of you look at the words in a particular session, and at the “story”, you could make up another one together. Boys and girls seem to thrive if there is a “contest” to see who can invent the funniest one etc. If they “like” the idea, try completing levels 1, 2 or 3. Answers are provided.

Q13: I am a senior citizen with too much time on my hands. I really enjoy puzzles and words. Do you have any ideas?

A: You can use our daily root puzzle featured on the home page (link = If a “timed” puzzle is of interest, go to the daily and past 30 days Rootonym® Word Puzzle at Smithsonian Magazine ( and the daily USA Today Internet Puzzles ( and choose the word games category, our Rootonym puzzle. If you want word challenges, try levels 2 or 3 in Vocabulary University ( If you like words in general, choose a word list and using the alphabet, add words to those already existing. We would love to include your additions!

Q14: Our school desperately needs vocabulary. Do you have a Word of The Day?

A: We offer, instead, “Root-of-The-Week". We have a daily puzzle on the home page that uses roots/cells to promote an "easy" way to remember the meaning of a word.

Q15: What is the point of having a site that stresses Latin and Greek roots?

A: Most state standards now require the introduction of Latin and Greek roots. Since words are composed of “roots” from Latin and Greek, learners can decode parts of words to better understand their meaning and the significance of reading passages.

Q16: I am a sophomore in high school. Your stuff is hard for me. What do I do?

A: Start at the beginning by clicking on Root-Word Lesson Plans on any session level 1. Study the roots and words that are introduced in the story. Don’t begin to solve the puzzles right away. If you hit the submit button at the bottom, you will see the answers and sentences using the words. After you study the examples, go back to fill in the word blanks. Try other activities to reinforce what you have learned. Don’t challenge yourself with the harder puzzles at first.

Q17: I am from India. I want to improve my vocabulary. I like lists. What do you have?

A: 730 word lists are separated into school subject areas, into calendar appropriate spots and by themes.

Q18: My teacher assigned To Kill A Mockingbird. I hate reading. Do you have a way to help me?

A: If you scroll to the footer at the bottom of the home page, you will see a link called Classic Books/Vocabulary (for 165 assigned/recommended readings.) Click on the To Kill A Mockingbird book and study the vocabulary. There is a fill-in-the-blanks exercise for the key words. Once you know the meanings of new words, your reading should be easier.

Q19: What is the best way to make use of your word lists?

A: Teachers tell us they like to encourage students to vary their vocabulary as they speak and write. Grammar is an essential component of English. When you choose words, identify its part of speech. English Langiage Learner (ELL) teachers use the 730 word list extensively!

Q20: My daughter is studying for the SAT’s. She also has summer reading. Where should she begin? I need help.

A: For the SAT’s, I think our SAT/ACT-type puzzles will be helpful in review of vocabulary. Levels 2 and 3 of Vocabulary University Root Word Lesson Plans/Sessions should provide challenges. If she uses the vocabulary from the assigned books that you can find on our classic/assigned reading pages, her comprehension should improve. The direct link is

Q21: Just curious. How come you folks don’t charge for your stuff? How can you do that?

A: Carey and I have benefited from excellent educations. Our three sons have also been fortunate to have fine college experiences. We have created more than 2500 pages and 1000 graphics as our give-back. Improving a persons vocabulary leads to improving one's reading comprehension. Few things are more important than a good education and a good working vocabulary.

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A. We encourage you to link to and pass on information about our free content to peers, parents and students.

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