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GRE Verbal for Internationals (English as Foreign Language)

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GRE Verbal for Internationals (English as Foreign Language) [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2016, 13:08
Hello guys, I am from Brazil and I am studying for the GRE. I'm a mechanical engineering from a top tier school in Brazil, so I do not have problems with the quant section. However, I do have problems with the verbal section and would like to know what would be your opinio on the following issue:

People from Brazil usually learn english in private courses (we take 3 hours per week, divided into 2 separate days) when we are teenagers (12 - 17). People who also study in good private schools (they are very expensive) also have english as part of the curriculum. However, they are not very good. Let's say that only with the english curriculum from elementary/high school brazilian would be considered a 60 on TOEFL at most. Adding it with the private course, we could achieve a 70+(TOEFL), depending on the person. Also, our mother tongue is Portuguese and we never speak english (just when we are at the university and we do an exchange program or something like this) - so, for us, english is a Foreign Language, not a Second Language (as for people from India and most of the EU citizens) - not to mention that we are a emerging country...

So, my question is: How do I get better in the GRE Verbal part? I have a 110 TOEFL Score, and something around 162+ in the GRE quant section. However, I'm struggling to get 155+ in the verbal section. The text completion is very very hard because the vocabulary is difficult (imagine if you were learning portuguese and you were suppose to know how to say "venality" "preemptive" "garrulous" in english...). Also, I keep reading The Economist, The New Yorker and etc, but it is still very hard to understand (in just 3 min) the Reading Comprehension Medium/Hard passages and questions.

I have 2.5 more months to prepare myself. What would you do? What do you suggest?

Thank you very much.
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Re: GRE Verbal for Internationals (English as Foreign Language) [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2016, 06:01
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Hi caiovelasco,

First of all, excellent analysis of your requirements. You have not only isolated your problem area but also identified the underlying reasons for the same.

GRE Verbal does indeed require you to have a certain amount of comfort with less frequently used English words. However the list of the words frequently asked on the GRE are limited. There is a specific wordlist for GRE which one is expected to memorize in order to score better. You would find this list in the link below.

1. http://greprepclub.com/forum/gre-vocabulary-resources-28.html

2. http://greprepclub.com/forum/gre-wordlists-1042.html

3. http://greprepclub.com/forum/how-to-become-a-gre-vocabulary-expert-124.html


For Reading Comprehension Questions the only way is getting a lot of practice. Have a look at the following post.

video-lessons-for-gre-reading-comprehension-1069.html


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