When we think about GRE Verbal section, the first thing that comes to our minds is the obscure vocabulary. If you want to score well in vocabulary section, you should have a sound knowledge of vocabulary and proficiency how and when to use the correct words. As vocabulary is considered as one of the biggest and most important aspects of GRE; the key to score well on the verbal section lies in the knowledge of using contextual words.
Learning the vocabulary of words is a slow process. It isn’t possible to memorise thousands of words at a time, there is a limit. Practicing those words regularly is the right process to build up a good vocabulary. So you need to study well long before you take the test. There are no shortcuts either. Some students think that learning the root words could minimize study time, but this technique is not at all effective. There are many reasons not to follow the techniques:
- Some root words are confusing. Meaning of words changed by just addinga ‘s’. For an exampleVer means truth in verify and veritable but in case of versus or revert vers means turn.
- Different words have different origin. Many words on the GRE tests not only derived from Greek or Latin roots but also derived from other regions. Such as kowtow, Chinese origin words derived from Cantonese. The meaning of the word is “to act in an excessively subservient manner.”
- It is very difficult to trace the connection between the meaning of the root and the meaning of the word though you can identify the correct root of the word. For instance, the word sanguine which means ‘optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation’, is actually derived from Latin root sanguiwhich means blood. But it is very tough to find the association is with optimism and having a flushed complexion especially on the test day.
So the best way to build the GRE word list is to study the actual words so that you are not left with any room for confusion. It is suggested to learn 20-25 new words every day, and at the same time continue to practice the older words to keep them fresh in your memory. And at the end of the month you can learn more than 700 words.
Experts recommendlearning 3,500 words. If you calculate six months is enough to build up a strong vocabulary for GRE Exams. But if you have a month or two for preparation limit yourself to 500-1000 words and learn most commonly used words. There are many resources such as apps and books that can help you to understand and determine thenecessaryGREword list.Choose your source of words wisely. The best way to learn new words is in context. Multiple meaning words are also very popular on GRE.
Finally try to group the similar meaning words. At the end it is your best interest to start studying as soon as you decide to take the test.