How to build vocabulary for GRE?

Good vocabulary is necessary in order to crack the GRE exam. A candidate’s vocabulary is tested in the Verbal Reasoning section. Non-native English speakers usually find it difficult to increase their score in this section. The best way to improve your performance is to work on your vocabulary. Follow the steps given below to improve your vocabulary:-

1. Read more

Develop a habit of reading in your pass time. It will not only introduce you to new words but it will also help in improving your analytical writing skills. Make note of every new word that you come across. Reading novels will help you to comprehend the passages which are creative in nature. While reading newspapers or magazines will help you in improving your ability to analyse articles related to social issues.

2. Search online for the word meanings

Technology has truly revolutionised learning. Nowadays, students can use search engines like Google, Bing etc. to search for word meanings. The proper usage of all words is also clearly explained on various websites. Word origin, correct pronunciation, synonyms etc. are also provided along with the definition, making it easier for a person to memorise the meaning and learn the usage of that particular word.

3. Go through the secondary definitions

A word can have more than one meaning. Make sure that you go through all the definitions and usage that are possible for that particular word. Half knowledge can do you more harm than good. Ensure that you are thorough in your search.

4. Put newly learnt words to work

Make sure that you incorporate the usage of the words in everyday life. Slip the newly learnt word into a conversation. You can also use it while texting. This is the best way to retain the newly learnt words in your memory.

5. Target words frequently asked in GRE

There are certain words that are repeatedly asked in the GRE exam. When you come across new words in
GRE mock test, add them to your list. They have been used before in GRE and there is a chance that they may be used again. It will also help you to understand the difficulty level of the words that are often used in the GRE exam.

6. Use memorizing techniques

Keep a list of new vocabulary words on your phone or in a notebook. Writing something down also makes it easier to memorize. Jot down the words when you find them. Copy the sentence in which you originally found the word to remind yourself how the word looks in context.

7. Know the word origins

Many words share similar origins. For example, ben, bene, and bon mean good or well (and are used in the words benefit, benefactor, and benediction). By learning these common roots, you’ll be better able to work with words you’ve never seen before. This will come in handy when you’re trying to narrow down answer choices!

8. Vocabulary quizzes

Vocabulary quiz is a fun way to improve your vocabulary. Good vocabulary quizzes generally consist of words that are usually asked in the GRE. The level of words asked in these quizzes is also similar to the level of words asked in the GRE exam. Quizzes allow a student to completely focus on the word definitions. This way they can give their unwavering attention to learning and using the new words.

Here are the benefits of giving GRE vocab quizzes:-

Words relevant to GRE are tested

The words asked in a GRE vocab quiz are of the same level as the words asked in the GRE exam. This way the students get to know the level of preparation they need to aim for, in order to score good marks in the verbal section. All high-quality quizzes contain the words, which are commonly asked in the exam.

Precise meanings

An important feature that a good GRE quiz possesses is the precise definitions of the given words. The meanings are provided clearly, in order to make it easy for the students to easily understand and memorise the word. In case a word has several meanings, all of the possible meanings are mentioned. This makes a student more confident about his preparation, which ultimately starts reflecting in his scores.

Examples for proper usage

Learning new words won’t be of much help without learning their proper usage. Examples portraying the apt usage of the words are provided after the quiz. The examples also help in better retention of the newly learned words, as the students get to understand the contextual meaning of the words. Usually the tricky words asked in GRE exam are also incorporated in passages, so learning the contextual usage becomes more important.

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