The Verbal section of GRE® comprising the Reading Comprehension, Text Completion, and Sentence Equivalence sections requires you to have a strong vocabulary. This is imperative, if you wish to score high in the GRE® Verbal section and boost your overall GRE® score.
Instead of learning words by rote there are a number of methods that can help you remember the GRE® Word list easily and effectively, thus improving your GRE® Vocabulary. We have formulated one such highly effective method that has helped thousands of students learn GRE® words and master GRE® vocabulary to score high in GRE® Verbal and improve their overall GRE® score.
To answer this question, let’s have a look at three words, how they differ, and why it is important to know more than just the meaning.
The 3 words are:
Wisdom is the knowledge of an individual, learned from life or of a group, learned collectively. For example, the wisdom of Native American communities in coping with their environment is collective wisdom and a saints wisdom is individual wisdom.
Erudition is the extensive academic knowledge that a person has acquired through learning. The application might help you understand better, Prof. Smith's erudition in the field of Economics makes him a frontrunner for the Nobel Prize.
Acumen is the depth of knowledge gained through the practice of a profession. This knowledge is usually practical and can be applied. For example, Will, a person of a strong literary acumen has composed many poems.
Now imagine that you get these three words as options in Text Completion or Sentence Equivalence questions. If you are not aware of the subtle differences between these words, they would all seem the same to you. You will not know which word will suit which context best. Only when you know the words well enough, can you distinguish between them and use the right words in the right places.
Wouldn’t you like to take up your GRE® exam armed with such knowledge and confidence?
It is possible if you learn and master the GRE® Vocabulary the right way.
That brings us to one of the most frequently asked questions:
Apart from the above-mentioned 3-stage technique that can aid you in learning, retaining, and mastering GRE® Vocabulary, there are some other practices that can maximize your word learning capacity.
Listed here are a number of resources for GRE® Vocabulary building. In the initial stages of your GRE® Vocabulary preparation, this exercise might take time. But as your GRE® Vocabulary grows, you will develop familiarity with many words and learn words much faster.
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It depends on your current level of preparation, mastery over GRE® words, and your reading habits.
If you have a strong exposure to English, 2–3 months of preparation can improve your GRE® Vocabulary and help you score very high in the Verbal section.
If you have an average grasp of English, start 6–8 months before your target GRE® date to master GRE® Vocabulary. We would also recommend the book, Word Power Made Easy, by Norman Lewis, to develop basic vocabulary. You can build on that by reading an article or two every day from a reputed newspaper. This regimen will help you master GRE® Vocabulary.
If you have a year, you are at a great advantage. In addition to learning words in the manner described above, develop the habit of reading articles regularly on various topics (politics, history, arts, literature, economics, sociology etc).
Start with the AdmitEDGE online GRE® Vocabulary sessions in the Learning Tracker. When you complete about 10–15 sessions, use the theme-based wordlist to learn more words from themes that you find interesting. Continue to work on your online sessions regularly.
If you are not regularly using or revising the new words you've learned, you will eventually forget them. There is no substitute for regular revision. Creating customized flashcards is a good option. You can download wordlists on your mobile phone and learn on the go.
It is true that the new pattern of GRE® does not have Antonym and Analogy question types. However, Sentence Equivalence and Text Completion questions in the new GRE® pattern require as much vocabulary, if not more, and that too from an application perspective, that is, how well a word fits in the context provided by a partially complete sentence.
You could try out sample questions at the ETS site and decide the level of preparation that you need.
It is not just the number of words, but also how well you know them. We would suggest you aim to learn about 2500–3000 words in depth. If you have time, keep adding new words to your vocabulary. Every new word will help.
If you’re running out of time, it’s better to focus on learning the 600–700 high-frequency words. Completing at least 15–20 sessions in the AdmitEDGE Learning Tracker, can immensely boost your confidence and help you score high in GRE®.
Sure, please find the links below. We suggest you go through them and check out the articles regularly to gain more insight and eventually mastery over GRE® Vocabulary.
Now, that you know all the methods and techniques to learn GRE® words, you are ready to begin exercise. Stretch those grey cells and start learning.
Happy mastering GRE® vocabulary!