What you need to
know about GRE Words
Graduate record examination (GRE) is an admission requirement to
a graduate school. Individuals wanting to pursue post graduate
studies have to have high scores in this exam. GRE is a common
measure used by schools to determine the qualifications of an
applicant. The kind of vocabulary a person has would speak about
the kind of education he/she had had. Vocabulary is often
considered a measure of a person’s intelligence. This is
especially true with GRE as the verbal section of this exam that
relies on vocabulary and reading comprehension is considered to
be the trickiest of the three sections of this graduate school
To get a good score in the verbal reasoning section, the exam
taker has to have a good grasp of GRE words. Otherwise,
the student will be stuck in the multiple choice section
thinking and choosing the most apt word for the question.
Precious time that should have been used in answering other
questions will be lost. Lack of time is one of the common
reasons for GRE failures.
So what should a graduate schools candidate do? It is extremely
necessary to hone the vocabulary skills but it does not mean
that the student should memorize the dictionary. There are
different ways by which a student can beef up vocabulary skills.
One trick is to do a lot of reading. The reader though has to
ensure that along with the vocabulary build up, a high level of
comprehension is attained as well. Obviously, the materials
that have to be read should be the ones that would have the
GRE words that will be encountered in the exam. The student
can also get a GRE words list. This wordlist is a
compilation of basic words listed alphabetically. From the word
list that can be obtained online, the student has to make a
commitment to learn a specified number of words each week.
Rhymes are not just for children. Another strategy to build up
vocabulary is to use a book of vocabulary rhymes. Repetition is
an important consideration in vocabulary building. Repeat
learned GRE words again and again but make sure that the
meaning of the word is understood.
GRE preparation includes doing a lot of GRE practice tests and
answering a lot of GRE sample questions. Again, repetition plays
an important role. The structure of these practice tests are
practically the same as the actual GRE exam. The practice
questions are not only similar…most of the questions were taken
from previous GREs. The practice test, just like the real GRE is
timed as well. This gives the student the chance to be familiar
with the actual GRE. The practice test allows the student to
keep track of the progress in improving the vocabulary. These
practice tests is another way of learning GRE words. As
mentioned, some of the sample questions were taken from retired
GREs thus it is possible for the student to encounter new words.
By taking the mock tests repeatedly and with the
heartfelt determination to brush up on his vocabulary
there is no reason why a student will not get high
scores in this section of GRE which is considered to be
the most challenging. Keeping in mind that you should
come at your testing options from all angles and not
juts focus on one avenue of study prep.