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"How many vocab words should I learn in my GRE prep?" This is an excellent question, but one without a definitive or simple answer.
You need to know words and their contextual usage in order to score well in GRE. However, there is a tonne of resources available online and it is extremely difficult to navigate the plethora of material without being lost. But we are here to the rescue! We went through the gruelling task of analysing days of content available online so you don't have to waste precious preparation time.

In this post we have classified all the materials available freely online in small medium and large sets. Furthermore we have divided up the resource into audio, video, and lists and apps.

Is vocabulary tested on GRE?
The GRE verbal reasoning section is most difficult and requires maximum preparation (Good vocabulary is key to success). GRE Verbal exam has questions on Reading Comprehension, Text Completion, Sentence Equivalence. Each of these questions require you to have certain amount of grasp over the meaning of tough words.

For example:


Although it does contain some pioneering ideas, one would hardly characterize the work as __________.

A. orthodox
B. eccentric
C. original
D. trifling
E. conventional
F. innovative

Explanation

The word "Although" is a crucial signpost here. The work contains some pioneering ideas, but apparently it is not overall a pioneering work. Thus the two words that could fill the blank appropriately are "original" and "innovative." Note that "orthodox" and "conventional" are two words that are very similar in meaning, but neither one completes the sentence sensibly.

Thus the correct answer is Choice C (original) and Choice F (innovative).

In this case, you would need to know the meanings and contextual usage of the words "orthodox" and "conventional" in order to complete the task.

How to best prepare vocabulary for the GRE?

Know where you are starting from.(Take a GRE Practice test)
Beginning your test prep without knowing where your starting point is, and knowing what your strengths and weaknesses are, is less than ideal. Taking a smple GRE test helps because a tangible benchmark helps to put things into perspective, especially as the GRE uses words that are not normally used on an everyday basis. Do you need a little vocab work or do you need a lot?

Context matters!
GRE questions come in two forms namely, simple words with complex sentences, and tricky words in straightforward sentences. Just knowing the proper definition of a word does not guarantee a right answer! The test-makers enjoy presenting students with deceptive syntax without the ability to parse the sentence as a whole, no amount of flashcard time or high scores on vocab apps would be of any significant help. Practicing actual GRE questions is just as important as learning vocabulary

Club the synonyms and antonyms together
In the example question above "orthodox" and "conventional" have similar meaning. Now clubbing them together and studying them would help us identify possible options faster (or eleminate as in the example above).Surely, each synonym has its own specific shade of meaning, but you can—and should—group words together that mean the same thing.As we also tend to think in opposites too, it may be easier to remember words in terms of synonyms AND antonyms. We always remember hot with cold, black with white, good with bad, so even with more complex words it may be easier to remember both synonyms and antonyms.

Learning roots

Learning roots of words speeds up the learnig process as they help with the understanding of structure of words.
Take the root "path." It's from Greek, and it means "feelings." Once we know this, we can attach almost any affix in the language to create larger concepts.
Pathos - Full of feelings
Apathy - Without feelings (a means not or without)
Antipathy - To have feelings against something (anti means versus/against)
Empathy - To share feelings with another (em means in)

What are some of the mistakes people make with learning vocabulary?

  • Memorizing words with no context: More than the words itself the usage and the context matters! Memorizing vast lists of words won't help unless we know the appropriate usage!
  • Starting to use words before you understand it: We need to understand the explanation before we start using the word in sentences. Practicing will definitely increase our understanding, but if we practice with no idea behind it, its of limited use.
  • Size does not matter: While it is important to learn as many words as possible that alone would not be sufficient! Rather than focusing on size we need to look at the quality of our understanding. Obsessing over size of our word list is counter productive!

How long does it take to prepare vocabulary?
It is a good question, but without a concrete answer. We need to stop counting our flashcards and looking at the clock, and concentrate on working smarter, not harder. Vocabulary preparation is in tandem with standard verbal preparation and hence we need not allocate separate time for the same. Furthermore, it is very important to reinforce the learning from the word list with practice of GRE Verbal questions.

Building vocabulary is the most basic thing in learning any new language. This is the foundation all your English knowledge rests upon! In the following sections we discuss some good resources for learning GRE vocabulary. The list has been divided into LARGE (500+), MEDIUM (100 to 500) AND SMALL (Less than 100)

Audio Resources

  • Another good option is Magooshes GRE wordlist from Quizlet.com(LARGE)
    Magoosh brings out an excellent list of GRE words based on the frequency of their appearance on the tests! At 1000 odd words, this is hands down one of the strongest list with audio avilable online!

    You need to invest serious time to go through the entire list and unsuitable for last minute brush ups!
    If you like a large interactive discussion to stimulate learning then video resources are the way to go!
  • Well if listening is your thing then you have to check out the GROCKIT GRE Vocab list from youtube! (SMALL)
    The best feature of this list is the fact that the words are classified by meaning as opposed to alphabetical order that makes them easier to memorize. Most of the words are adjectives and verbs. There are only 50 odd words in the list Best way to use this is either at the very beginning of the prep to built a foundation quickly or at the very last as a hail merry! The main purpose of this list is understanding how to contextually group words by meaning and or usage.



Video Resources

  • MAGOOSH GRE Wordlist videos from Youtube! (LARGE)
    Probably the best GRE vocabulary video resource available online! Engaging content Magoosh faculty members.

    The list is very large and it would take a long time to finish all the videos! Careful planning is necessary for using this resource to the fullest!
  • Other Video Lists on Youtube!
    There are many such videos list and some of them have engaging content! However most of them are rather old and their content has not been updated for afew years!
    It would be wise not to use such lists recklessly!


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There are a very large number of GRE APPs on the Market most of them are free. Here are a selection of top used Apps!

Apps


1. GRE Daily Vocabulary: Every day, they will provide you with an Economist passage that features a common GRE vocabulary word, plus its synonyms and definition. Reading vocabulary in context rather than cramming definitions, and The Economist is one of the publications most frequently cited for doing so. We can save words to review later and flip through our archive to see words from past days.

2. Manhattan Prep — GRE: Complete GRE App rather than a word meaning app! Has 500 most frequent GRE words but the best feature is the ability to practice newly learned words directly on the same app.

3. GRE Flashcards by Magoosh:This app gives us free access to all of Magoosh’s GRE flash cards. We can sign in with a Magoosh account (or create a new one) to save your progress to the web. 1000 most important GRE words with our highly rated free flashcards for our Android phone.

4. GRE® Flashcards by Kaplan: They can create customized card sets, see statistics on your performance, and more as you get ready for test day. Cards include vocabulary words, definitions, synonyms, sample sentences, and pronunciation help.

5. Barron's 1100 for GRE




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Re: GRE Vocabulary [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2017, 10:47
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Here's a free link to SAT Vocab Capacity, which is intended for the SAT but also works for the GRE (950 words with mnemonics):

https://www.drivecms.com/uploads/mcelroytutoring.com/SATVocabCapacitymasterfilePDF(k).pdf

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Re: GRE Vocabulary [#permalink] New post 09 May 2019, 02:28
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Please give me the link.

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Re: GRE Vocabulary [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2019, 17:23
Helpful post with well sorted and valuable list of resources. To help the students, I want to add to this list that a new resource that uses context-based learning technique to effectively improve vocabulary and efficiently master 1200 of the most frequent GRE words has recently entered the market and is gaining popularity among students. The book is titled, "It’s all about the decisions we make". You can improve your memory and recall of a ton of GRE words by simply reading that vocabulary building novel. Though it is listed for a price on Amazon (but far less than other GRE books), it is FREE to read in Kindle Unlimited. I suggest everyone to at least check out the sample of the book on Kindle app.
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Re: GRE Vocabulary [#permalink] New post 27 May 2020, 22:30
Hi, buddy how it's going? hopefully, everyone will be fine. Recently I used one vocabulary app for my GRE verbal part (preparation) in the play store it was really good ones for beginners Between that app name is "English vocabulary builder " it was offers by a galvanize test prep.if anybody wanna start your gre verbal part means i will strongly suggest you use this app https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... cabbuilder
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Re: GRE Vocabulary [#permalink] New post 28 May 2020, 01:30
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Re: GRE Vocabulary [#permalink] New post 31 May 2020, 22:34
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"What is GRE exam? What are the topics asked in the exam? How do you prepare for it?
GRE is an evaluation of your quantitative and verbal ability which can get you in universities across globe for MS, MIS OR MBA. Each section comes with two tests of 20 questions each and one trial section with 20 questions which can be verbal or quant but this does not count towards your score. There is one analytical writing part which require you to write two essays in 30-30 minutes over one issue and argument topic.Since this question also ask about complete preparation plan, my answer can be a bit longer..I will try to keep it concise as well as precise!
Let us divide the preparation according to three sections and try to cover all of them in 3-4 months -
1.Quantitative - If you are good with the basic concepts of mathematics, this section can help you boost up your score with at least 5-8 marks easily. But let us assume you still have to improve you concepts. I would suggest, refer to quantitative aptitude by R.S. Agarwal. Read and understand first two pages of every chapter which contains theory part and short tricks. After getting a grasp over concepts practice questions from Kaplan's quantitative material. Do at least a chapter everyday. If you are not able to score well in quantitative section, then refer to my answer Aman Sharma's answer to How can I improve GRE quant score 143 to 160? That can help.
2.AWA - This section requires a lot of reading and writing practice. Start reading articles from websites, newspaper and try to write a paragraph about what you have read and what did you understand. If you don't have time to proceed this way, then there is a short cut to get at least 3.5 in AWA (which I did). Find answers for issues and arguments topics on google and categorize the endless pool into different sections like education, technology, science, politics, government, society, culture, religion etc. Once you have categorized them read 4-5 answers for every section and try to remember examples that you have read. They will surely fit in any question that might appear in your GRE. But do practice writing once or twice in a week because you should be in a habit of bringing out the best in 30 minutes!
3.Verbal - As it appears to most of us, the most tough section in GRE. But you can get a decent score if preparation is well planned. Have a mind set that you have to learn at least 1000-1500 words before you appear for GRE. You don't have to learn them all at once, but around 30 words everyday. Now let us start with book Barrens 333. Learn all 333 words perfectly. Once you are done with learning these words start practicing for questions. You have to attempt 20 questions of each type i.e. Sentence Equivalence, Text Completion and Reading Comprehension everyday. Refer to Princeton 1014 for SE and TC & Manhattan 5lb for RC. If you complete these books go for Kaplan. Level of Kaplan is slightly more than what actually comes in GRE. Along with these questions keep learning new words and revising old ones. Remember learning new is not that important as remembering old ones. Also do not learn random words, search online for 1000 high frequency words and learn them first.
GRE verbal preparation: https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... cabbuilder
Gre practice test: https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... ce%3DForum
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