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GRE Vocabulary eBook


Ask and you shall receive! Based on the many requests from our students (thank you, as always, for your suggestions!), we’ve compiled the best of our word lists into a one-stop vocabulary resource for the revised GRE in eBook form.

It includes:

  • Instructions on how to use our very popular GRE vocabulary lists
  • How to not use GRE vocabualry word lists!
  • Themed lists, organized by category
  • 300+ of the most common GRE vocabulary words
  • Recommended resources for finding/learning new words
  • A total of 102 pages!

And it’s free :) So feel free to share with friends, print it out, and use it to learn some new vocabulary words on the go. Enjoy!

Click here to download.

Let us know if you have any suggestions or feedback (love it? hate it? let us know!) by leaving us a comment below.

And we have a general GRE eBook as well!

Update 6/19/13: If you’d like printable flashcards, check out GRE Vocabulary Flashcards eBook!

About the Author

Margarette Jung graduated from UC Berkeley as a double major in English Literature and Linguistics. She has been teaching for large companies and tutoring privately for more than 5 years. Follow her on Google+!

134 Responses to GRE Vocabulary eBook

  1. Abhishek September 10, 2014 at 9:05 am #

    Thanks a lot for the book. Very nicely written and was fun to read.

  2. Saheed August 7, 2014 at 2:43 am #

    This ebook is just what is needed. I am currently using Vocabulary.com to learn these words 70+ words at a time. Just type them into a list and learn as you go. Learnt 41 words yesterday and it was really good. Thanks for the Ebook. Currently on 150 on my Verbal, hoping this strategy will help boost my score by 10+ points. Good luck to everyone.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele August 8, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

      Awesome to hear that Saheed!

      Remember, in addition to words, to read lots of stuff on aldaily.com. Make sure to always think of the answer before looking at the answer choices and 10+ can definitely be yours.

      Good luck :)

  3. Bikram Hanzra June 2, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    Hey,
    I have thoroughly gone through this book and I really liked the way similar words were grouped under same section. I found this book more effective than flashcards. Flashcards are about memorizing words, but here in this book either the history behind the word is discussed(especially the eponym section) or an ingenious way is discussed to remember the word making it much easy for the students. I would request you to update this book with the “Vocal Wednesday” articles that are not included in the book.
    Thank You
    Magooshian

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele June 4, 2014 at 11:39 am #

      Thanks Bikram (“Magooshian” :0),

      So that is a great idea! As soon as we increase the flashcard words, the first place we’ll look is the ebook (not quite sure when we’ll do so, but it is inevitable :).

      Glad you liked the ebook. It def. comes down to learning styles. I prefer the deep context provided here–though it’s great to be able to combine the two (so hopefully we’ll get the ebook words into flashcard form soon).

  4. Paulo May 6, 2014 at 5:22 am #

    This is awesome. Congrats! I hope this will help me to improve my verbal score! Greetings from Brazil! :)

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele May 6, 2014 at 10:59 am #

      Hi Paulo,

      Good luck! I hope the ebook will be helpful (though it might be hard to focus in the next month with all the World Cup action :))

      • Paulo May 7, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

        Hi Chris,
        That will be the hardest part, absolutely!

        • Chris Lele
          Chris Lele May 8, 2014 at 11:47 am #

          :)

  5. Rawan May 3, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

    Thank you for your works in this website. I will try to use this book, and I hope my score be better next time.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele May 5, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

      You are welcome :)

  6. sarwat April 19, 2014 at 11:46 pm #

    today i joined your page… this will help me a lot to prepare vocabulary portion . thank you :)

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele April 21, 2014 at 11:13 am #

      You are welcome!

  7. Melissa November 21, 2013 at 9:26 am #

    I’ve been going through the vocab pdfs during my study. On page 23 of the Magoosh vocab e-book, the word ‘fleece’ is defined as ‘to deceive’, which isn’t incorrect, but doesn’t fully encapsulate the word. There has to be some mention of money (e.g. ‘to obtain money from someone by swindling them’). The sentence that puts the word in context subtly suggests this, but it is not explicitly stated in the definition.

    Just a suggestion! :) Thank you for producing these resources. They are so helpful!

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele November 22, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

      Hi Melissa,

      You’re totally right! Thanks for catching that :). Fleece definitely is always related to money (and deception, of course!). We will make the change in the book :).

  8. DeAnna November 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    I have yet to take the GRE, but so far, during my preparations, I am absolutely thrilled with the Magoosh Vocabulary book! I can honestly say that this is so well-developed and organized. The example sentences and general layout of the book has aided in permanently remembering a majority of the words that I have been learning (and re-learning!). I am thrilled! I look forward to continuing to take practice exams with Magoosh and the GRE! :)

    • Rachel
      Rachel November 6, 2013 at 10:29 am #

      Welcome to the team, DeAnna! :)

  9. Alina October 2, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

    Thank you so much!

  10. Rakesh September 28, 2013 at 2:09 am #

    Amazing material you guys have made. It helped me immensely preparing from the text. I scored a 326(V156) with 20 days of preparation. I had no clue how to start of with my preparation when I happened to come across magoosh. Went through the blog to select which books to read and which tests to give. And the mobile app was excellent! You guys are doing a great job!

    • Rachel
      Rachel September 30, 2013 at 11:48 am #

      That’s awesome, Rakesh! Congrats! :)

  11. Naveen August 17, 2013 at 1:14 am #

    Hello. I’ve finished studying this 250 words ebook. It is of great help. I just started with 1000 words flashcards. They are of great help, but I miss his humorous explanation. The words in the flashcards are available on website as sets with explanation. So is there an ebook updated with his explanation and 1000 words?

  12. Justin August 15, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    I’m taking words from this vocabulary book, the Kaplan 900 words list, and various useful words I found on dictionary.com. Will that be enough vocabulary for the test? I’m making multiple lists on quizlet of all the words. Should I just stick with what I have or is it actually worth it for me to sift through all the vocabulary Wednesday words that you have previously posted?

    • Margarette
      Margarette August 15, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

      Hi, Justin

      That is plenty of words– I think it would be fine to focus on reviewing those for now, just so you don’t get too overwhelmed! :)

      Best,
      Margarette

      • Justin August 15, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

        I won’t get overwhelmed since I’ve got until September 7th to take the test and I’m good at learning vocabulary. Are you sure those will be sufficient though?

        • Margarette
          Margarette August 21, 2013 at 11:58 am #

          Yes, definitely! The Magoosh online flashcard app has 1000+ vocabulary words. That plus Manhattan is plenty :).

          Best,
          Margarette

  13. simon August 14, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    I need your flashcard as PDF for 1000 words. I can not be online for using it. I it possible?

    • Margarette
      Margarette August 15, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

      Hi, Simon

      Yes, once you download the PDF, you do not need to be online to read it! :)

      Best,
      Margarette

  14. Ryan August 8, 2013 at 4:51 am #

    You guys rock!! This is by far the best vocab learning material I’ve ever seen. For those who are looking for offline version of vocab flash cards, I recommend manhattan GRE vocab flash cards.

  15. Naveen August 5, 2013 at 12:24 am #

    Hey Magoosh! Thanks for the awesome e-book. I went through the book thoroughly and it helped me learn the actual context where the words can be used. I just started my prep with this ebook and I have a little query;at the end, you mentioned some books, newspapers for reading. But these 250-300 aren’t enough, so what is the best book to learn new words, which has decent number of words? I wouldn’t mind about the context as of now, because I want to learn new words first, and then learn context using the sources you’ve mentioned. So would you suggest me a book that fits my needs?Thanks in advance.

    • Margarette
      Margarette August 15, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

      Hi, Naveen

      We actually just launched a free flashcard site that has 1000+ vocabulary words: http://gre.magoosh.com/flashcards. For books, we recommend checking out the book/magazine/newspaper recommendations at the end of the eBook! :)

      Best,
      Margarette

      • Naveen August 16, 2013 at 2:41 am #

        I checked the website. I’m suggesting Magoosh to every GRE aspirant. And I have a small suggestion for you. The blog is little less organized. I couldn’t find that there is a website for flashcards you aforementioned. Thanks for the awesomeness.

  16. Niraj May 30, 2013 at 12:01 am #

    I’m currently learning vocabulary through Barron’s 1100 Words You Need To Know. My test date is June 27 and Currently, I’m doing 20 words per day (1 week per day according to the text). I’m on week 20. I was wondering if I should stop using that book and focus on the words in this eBook or whether the majority of the words in the Barron book are contained within this eBook… what do you think? Thanks! :)

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele May 30, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

      Hi Niraj,

      Keep up on the Barron’s 1100. Many of those words show up in the eBook. Of course it wouldn’t hurt to skim the ebook. If you already learned the words, seeing them again will only reinforce them.

      Good luck on your test!

      • Nick June 10, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

        Hey,

        I noticed you guys suggest quizlet. Why not generate the most common 300 GRE words (that you have so kindly created) and put it on quizlet? That way when we all go on it we can just search MAGOOSH GRE LIST to get ball rolling.

        • Chris Lele
          Chris Lele June 11, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

          Hi Nick,

          We are just about to release the Magoosh flashcards, so you’ll be able to get 250 flashcards along with example sentences. It will be out in this month :)!

  17. ms May 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    oh my goodness, the detailed word meanings are soooooooooo good. you should do it for all gre vocab words. please please please.

    please,
    all gre words. please!

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele May 23, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

      Hi MS,

      Thanks for the plaudits!

      I’ll get there eventually — all GRE words that is. At about 6 a week, in another two years I shall have almost all the words that could show up on the GRE in blog form (ready for an uber-vocab e-book :)).

  18. Vijay March 27, 2013 at 6:09 am #

    Hi Team Magoosh,

    This ebook is a great work. Appreciate the work gone into it.

    As I was goin through it, I got this doubt.

    #########
    Start
    The secondary meaning for start is somewhat similar to the common meaning. To start is to suddenly move or dart in a particular direction.
    #########

    is this similar to ‘startled’. Can they both be used interchangeably?

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele March 27, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

      Hi Vijay,

      Yes! That’s a great mnemonic device :). ‘Startled’ is definitely consistent with the second definition of ‘start.’

  19. Vibha March 21, 2013 at 3:38 am #

    Hey,
    The book is great and very helpful ! i have been practicing GRE vocab for almost 4 months now. I have my GRE next month. My math score is excellent but my vocab scores during practice tests are bad! I always go wrong with the triple blank or two blank questions when i get one option right and the other wrong. I am getting nervous because of this :( and i still see new words which confuse me. Would you recommend any technique to understand words better?
    Thanks,

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele March 21, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

      Hi Vibha,

      Those three-blank questions definitely are tough. While vocabulary is part of the problem, convoluted sentence structure is usually a big part of the problem. Learning how words such as ‘notwithstanding, ‘for all…’, ‘anything but’ function in sentences can help you decode two- and three-blank TCs much faster.

      In the instructional material/questions, I know Manhattan GRE focuses on this, and I know we (Magoosh) do as well. The other companies don’t really do a very good job. I’d recommend doing a lot more practice with TCs at this level.

      Let me know if that helps. And if you are already doing something similar, let me know, and I can help you find other ways to improve your verbal performance.

      Good luck :)!

  20. Vardhaman August 30, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    Hello,

    Great book!!! Wish i had gone through this before.

    I gave GRE in May-2012 and got a score of 305( 157-Quant, 148-Verbal, 3.5 – Essays). I have 2.5 years of experience in HP R&D and good academics throughout. People told me that with this score I wont be able to get into top 15-20 colleges. So, i am planning to take GRE again. Is it a good idea? Or is this score good enough?

    If not, how can i improve my Verbal? Last time i felt i screwed up verbal due to lack of practice.

    • Margarette
      Margarette August 30, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

      Hi, Vardhaman

      The top 15-20 colleges in the US are very competitive since they receive many applications from many highly-qualified students, so if you have the time to study for and take the exam again, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to have higher scores.

      Some extra information for you to consider:
      http://magoosh.com/gre/2011/should-i-retake-the-gre/
      http://gre.magoosh.com/score-guarantee ;)

      For Verbal I would definitely recommend going through the eBook above, and especially following the advice at the end of it about doing plenty of outside reading, as well as working on more practice questions, as you mentioned!

      I hope that helps, feel free to let us know if you have any other questions!

      Best,
      Margarette

    • Maks March 25, 2013 at 7:11 am #

      Hi, Vardhaman

      Could you please tell us if you are admitted at the top 20 colleges with this score? Did the preparation help you to improve your GRE score?

      Thank you in advance!

  21. Michelle August 22, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    Wow, this e-book was SO helpful! I was feeling pretty stressed out by my inability to learn and retain new vocabulary, but I don’t know. The way you guys designed this… it just sticks! Thank you guys.. I REALLY appreciate it :D

    • Margarette
      Margarette August 23, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

      Thanks, Michelle! We’re glad you like it! We worked hard to make it as effective as possible, we know vocab can be tough! :)

      Best,
      Margarette

  22. Janine July 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    Hey, thanks so much for this ebook! Quick question, how reliable is it to study from this ebook in terms of vocabulary? That is, how exactly were the words chosen for this prep? I’ve heard some brands of books were better than others, and I would hate to study off this and find that none of the words here appeared on the GRE (mainly because I don’t have enough time to study). Thanks in advance!

    • Chris Lele
      Chris August 1, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

      Hi Janine,

      That’s a good point! Cramming words that you are less likely to see test day isn’t helpful. The ebook words were mostly chosen for their likelihood to show up on the GRE. Sometimes I throw in obscure words because they fit the topic well (I can’t imagine anyone seeing ‘bwana’ test day). Often, I will point out that such words are obscure.

      As for the common words in the ebook, well over a dozen showed up on the latest practice test (and these questions were from the last year during which time most of the words on the site were live!). Here is a link to a post I wrote about it:

      http://magoosh.com/gre/2012/vocab-wednesday-words-from-newly-released-ets-material/

  23. sab July 29, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    Hi Magoosh, I have improved my vocabulary using flash cards and Princeton review’s word smart. Now I want to do some practice of text completion and sentence equivalence. Which book do you think would provide the best practice . Is Manhattan’s sentence equivalence and text completion a good option?

    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 30, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

      Hi Sab,

      Actually, I wouldn’t rely on Manhattan’s books. It relies too much on obscure vocabulary and, as a result, it does not mimic the test very well. We (that’s Magoosh) recently uploaded hundreds of SE/TC, thereby already adding to our large number. Beyond ETS we are always a good place for SE/TC practice :).

  24. Srikant July 25, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    Hi,

    I started preparing for GRE (mainly Verbal) about 1 1/2 months back. I completed magoosh verbal book, and Kaplan GRE word list (500 words) but still the marks that I get in the exam is pretty low and most words are still new to me.
    Initially I got 147 in GRE Verbal Kaplan but now my marks have decreased to just 144. Please help me. I am really worried as my GRE is on 27th August.

    Regards,
    Srikant Aggarwal

    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

      HI Srikant,

      The GRE is definitely a test of will, esp. learning vocabulary. Do not think of your lower score as failure; it is an opportunity to learn more words. Be zealous and hunt down as much GRE vocab as possible. And when you miss a practice question because of vocab, learn those words. In a month, you should be able to boost your vocab so that many of the words test day aren’t new to you.

      Good luck!

  25. Vandana July 25, 2012 at 3:58 am #

    Thanks a lot for this addition.

    • Margarette
      Margarette July 26, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

      Hi, Vandana

      You’re very welcome! :)

  26. Saagar July 24, 2012 at 7:35 am #

    Hi Chris,

    Needed some advice. I am a Magoosh product user and I seem to be positively struggling with the gre vocab words used in the sentences. As in if I haven’t seen them before, then its difficult to decipher the meaning too based on etymology or any other technique. This, despite the fact that I am quite a voracious reader. At the same time I realize that English as a vast language always throws up words that will be new. How would you suggest to best counter these? Especially considering the fact that I am giving the GRE on August 14th.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

      Hi Saagar,

      With so little time left, you can only so many words. Perhaps a better piece of advice is to remember that you can still answer a question correctly without knowing every word in a question. Oftentimes the GRE will drop a difficult word in their, such as ‘untenable’ and ‘antinomianism’ – neither of which you actually have to know to answer the question correctly. So keep a cool head and work on understanding the sentence.

      Good luck!

  27. Murali July 22, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    Wow thank you so much! perfect book. Appreciate the heart to share such stuff online that too for free.

    • Margarette
      Margarette July 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

      You’re very welcome, Murali! :)

  28. Aditi July 19, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

    Hi! This is such a great way to put up the tricky words!!! Impressive! Thanks a lot…immensely appreciated!

    • Margarette
      Margarette July 20, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

      Thanks, Aditi! We’re glad you like it! :)

      Best,
      Margarette

  29. ahmed July 6, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    Hi my name is ahmed. I have taken the Revised GRE two times but unfortunately my verbal score is very poor. I got these scores

    1st time verbal 137 Quantitive 152
    2nd time Verbal 138 Quantitive 157

    I can’t believe that I am so poor in verbal. Could you please suggest me the best book for verbal.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

      For Verbal a great place to start is our general Ebook – therein you will find book reviews and ways to approach the verbal section. Speaking of which, the vocabulary ebook – this is the thread for it – also provides helpful tips to bring your score out of the 130′s. The link below is for the Ebook:

      http://magoosh.com/gre/gre-ebook/

      Good luck your third time around, and let me know if you have any questions along the way!

  30. Laila July 4, 2012 at 2:30 am #

    Love the guide! But I have one question so far. This example in the book kind of confuses me logically…

    Erratic – Unpredictable (in extreme cases), strange, unconventional…

    “Regardless of which meaning you are employing, you should be erratic in your GRE prep.”

    I’d think you should be the opposite of erratic–consistent, planned, regular, etc.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 4, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

      Hi Laila,

      That is clearly a typo, which we didn’t catch. You are right: one should NOT be erratic in ones GRE prep :).

      Thanks!

  31. Ksenia July 2, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    Suggested edit: On page 11 of the GRE Vocab book, I think the second “veracious” is meant to be “voracious.” Unless you meant to use the same word twice?

    • Margarette
      Margarette July 4, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

      Hi, Ksenia

      You’re right, that was a typo, and we’ve fixed it. Thank you for letting us know! :)

  32. julius June 26, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this for free. Best vocabulary book I have so far. With the examples to help me memorize words, I feel some of the confusing words got rooted on my head now. Thanks

    • Margarette
      Margarette June 27, 2012 at 11:16 am #

      Hi, Julius

      Great, we’re happy to hear it! :) If you like the Vocab eBook style of teaching words, remember to check in to the blog every week for Vocab Wednesday!

      Best,
      Margarette

  33. jay June 21, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    hi chris

    Could you please check this website out because I’m confused wether I should use this website for mnemonics or not.

    http://www.mnemonicdictionary.com

    Thanks

    • Chris Lele
      Chris June 22, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

      Hi Jay,

      My take on it is this: this link helps give you inspiration for your own mnemonics. But trying to memorize somebody else twisted mnemonic, unless it is spectacularly clever and elegant, is not the way to go. The mnemonics that work best are often the ones we come up with. But as I said–come up with your own and then see what others have come up. Such a process may help you refine your mnemonic thus making it even more memorable.

      Hope that helps!

  34. Craig June 21, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    Chris and Marg. How about an Ebook on math tips and strategies?

    • Chris Lele
      Chris June 22, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

      Hmmm…I’m thinking the current Magoosh ebook is pretty good. It gives a breakdown of strategies. Have you checked that out yet? If so, maybe you can let us know what we should add :).

  35. Tahlia June 16, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    Galvanize: ” . . . want to get an indolent rodent moving with an electric shock” This is really disgusting and inhumane. Very disappointed!!!

    • Bhavin
      Bhavin June 19, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

      Hi Tahlia,

      We messed up. We definitely should not have included that as an example. I’m sorry. We’ve removed it from eBook. Thanks for pointing it out!

      Bhavin

      • Tahlia June 21, 2012 at 9:13 am #

        Thank you for taking care of this issue. Still love Magoosh as should all other GRE test takers =o)

    • Fotios July 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

      On my part I thought that this was a great example! I loved it!

  36. praneeth June 10, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    It’s incredible that such a great ebook is free thank you

    • Margarette
      Margarette June 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

      You’re welcome! :)

      Best,
      Margarette

      • praneeth June 11, 2012 at 11:59 am #

        Ma’am,
        can you give examples to the various contexts of “beg a question”?

        • Chris Lele
          Chris June 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

          Hopefully this link will help:

          http://magoosh.com/gre/2011/gre-vocabulary-list-words-with-multiple-meanings/

          In short, ‘begging the question’ relates to when people are discussing a matter and a person asks another person a question that assumes something without warrant.

          Hope that helps :)

          • praneeth June 12, 2012 at 2:18 am #

            Thank you Sir ; so “beg the quetion” is to assume something asked in the question

            • Chris Lele
              Chris June 12, 2012 at 11:50 am #

              Exactly! You got it :).

              For instance, if I were to ask you, “When did you sign up for the GRE?”, I am begging the question by assuming that you’ve signed up for the GRE.

              • praneeth June 12, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

                Thank you Sir

  37. jay June 7, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    Hi margerette

    The vocab ebook is really good. Exactly what i needed. Is the math one out yet? If yes could you please post tell me the link?

    Thanks

  38. shuddha May 27, 2012 at 4:26 am #

    When will be the math formula e-book published.Can’t wait for it anymore.:(..Please kindly release it soon.

  39. alwinraj May 26, 2012 at 1:22 am #

    hi Margarette

    amazing job. i am not preparing for GRE but i have wonderful time using your book to boost my word power. Congrats. i love it. Thanks a lot

    • Margarette
      Margarette May 29, 2012 at 10:50 am #

      No problem, I’m glad you’ve been finding it helpful! :)

  40. gaurav May 17, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    I have just started the book.It is simply awesome.Great work.Looking forward for more help from you experts and join your course.

    • Margarette
      Margarette May 17, 2012 at 10:29 am #

      Thanks, Gaurav! :)

  41. Rebecca May 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    Super useful! However, isn’t “amuck” on page 27 supposed to be “amok”? And on the same page, I think you mean “grisly” under the explanation for “juggernaut”, not “grizzly” like the bear…

    • Chris Lele
      Chris May 16, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

      Thanks for catching ‘grizzly.’ That is clearly incorrect, and it should now be fixed in the eBook.

      ‘Amuck’ can also be spelled ‘amok.’

      Let us know if you come across any other typos :).

  42. Jocelyn May 16, 2012 at 5:59 am #

    Hi all,
    just thought I would share an idea that I had about learning vocab. I have been reading scientific american and i decided to leave a post about one of the articles! What a great way to find something I had an opinion on and take a few extra minutes to incorporate GRE words. The article was about a scientist discovering that the epidemic of obesity in weight-loss has to do with simply too much food consumption
    Here is what I posted:

    This is not an esoteric concept. What I see having worked in the health field, at a weight-loss facility is what Chow has discovered. It is very simply calories in vs. calories out. Many people are addicted to bad carbs and sugar. This addiction is very similar to other addictions alcohol, drugs etc. The body is an amazing machine and anyone can overcome this issue. It seems like most Americans want a “magic pill” to fix their weight problem. It seems they are missing alacrity to correct their weight problem. My opinion, what do I do? Eat healthy, educate yourself on food products, avoid heavy carbs before bed, indulge, but not every day. Little changes that are sustainable are going to make a difference in your weight. Just like what kind of oil/gas you put in your car, the food you put in your body affects the way you feel. Food is fuel, the right kind can energize the wrong kind enervates. I am not trying to draft a polemic here, just my candid thoughts

    • Chris Lele
      Chris May 16, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

      Great post!

      And a perfect use of GRE words as well :). I like how you took the gumption and posted on the site itself.

      And what you say is no polemic – losing weight is not about some miracle diet. It’s about eating nutritious food, avoiding highly processed food, and simply not eating to much!

  43. Nikhil May 13, 2012 at 1:35 am #

    “And it’s free So feel free to share with friends, print it out, and use it to learn some new vocabulary words on the go. Enjoy!”

    That’s the very definition of open source: take the fruits of our labor, learn yourself, improve upon it and share alike. Thanks for this! I’m confident with my verbal skills and this should prove useful as an eleventh hour revision before the test.

    • Margarette
      Margarette May 14, 2012 at 10:56 am #

      You’re welcome, I’m glad we could help! Good luck on your exam! :)

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    :D First kudos for u r Blog. Let me accept that am very addicted to your site and regularly checking for new posts from proffessional like you. This is a good work and will fetch me alot. Thank you so much and for your precious suggeestions.

    • Margarette
      Margarette May 8, 2012 at 11:15 am #

      No problem, nani! You’re very welcome, and I’m glad we could help :D

  45. Rahul May 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    Great eBook.

    Page 56: A Critical Reasoning question will you do one of a number of things…
    Think you meant A Critical Reasoning question will *do you* one of a number of things

    • Rahul May 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

      Page 59: “by the way, I made up these fish facts, so I do not think they actually apply to the natural word”. Think you meant to say “world”

      • Margarette
        Margarette May 5, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

        Hi, Rahul

        I think these are both in the general eBook, not the vocabulary one, right? We’ve fixed both mistakes and updated the PDF, so everything should be correct now: http://magoosh.com/gre/gre-ebook. Thanks for pointing those out! Let us know if you find anything else, and we can make the changes right away. :)

        Best,
        Margarette

        • Rahul May 5, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

          Ah thanks for mentioning this. I had no idea that there was a Vocab eBook too! Just downloaded it – cannot wait to go through all pages! Lots of thanks! Any other eBooks being offered for free on your site?
          I plan to go through all first and then get the full package – I feel it would be best for me to do that given I want to take the exam this fall.
          I took a practice test with no studying whatsoever and scored a 155 on math and a 141 on verbal. I’m sure with this package – I’ll be well above 165 in both areas. Thanks again!

          • Margarette
            Margarette May 6, 2012 at 9:01 am #

            Hi, Rahul

            Currently we just have those two eBooks up, but we’re working on a Math formulas one right now, and we have a few others on our list as well. Let us know if you have any requests for other eBook topics!

            Depending on when in the Fall you’ll be taking your exam, I’d recommend using one of our study plans: http://magoosh.com/gre/gre-study-guides-and-plans/.

            I hope that helps! :) Let me know if you have any other questions.

            Best,
            Margarette

  46. Ashish May 3, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

    Great Book

    Could there be another publish on Reading comprehension with 100 important questions???

    • Margarette
      Margarette May 4, 2012 at 11:22 am #

      For a collection of questions, we’d probably just recommend signing up for our premium subscription ;)

  47. vignesh May 3, 2012 at 4:19 am #

    Its amazing job from Magoosh team and compilation of Math formula sheet is really valuable for GRE aspirants.

    Thanks,

    • Margarette
      Margarette May 3, 2012 at 10:56 am #

      Thanks, Vignesh! We’ll have the Math formulas eBook out soon, too.

  48. Arun Prasad May 2, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    This book is too good to be free.. I feel that these kinds of e-books and other added goodies must be available only to magoosh customers. I know, I sound a little mean, but, seriously, this book is too good to be free. Thanks Magoosh

    • Margarette
      Margarette May 3, 2012 at 10:55 am #

      Haha, I’d have to say that this is the best compliment we’ve gotten on the book so far! The lists are available to the public on various places around the blog– all we did was organize them all into one place to make it a bit easier to use, so we didn’t think it would be fair to charge for it :)

  49. vaisnavi May 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    This is one of the best sites i have ever come across. Am totally addicted to ur blogs and invaluable materials, keep up ur good work like this :)

    • Margarette
      Margarette May 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

      Thank you! We’re happy to hear it :)

    • Mayur May 3, 2012 at 4:04 am #

      Hey where is the like button ? :D

      • Margarette
        Margarette May 3, 2012 at 10:45 am #

        It should be on the left? For Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Reddit!

  50. shuddha May 2, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    What about making a new e-book on just quantitative portion with very difficult problems.Please compile this book with all of the important math formulas so that it will be highly useful for students and they can have a closer look at this book before the exam day.

    • Margarette
      Margarette May 2, 2012 at 11:44 am #

      Hi, Shuddha

      That’s next on our list! We’ll have it up in a few weeks :)

      Best,
      Margarette

    • Fridah May 3, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

      Yes, this will be very helpful…good call!!

      • Fridah May 3, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

        Good call!! i.e.shuddha’s comment regarding an e-book on different math problems and must know formulas.

  51. Abdullah May 2, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    Thank you Magoosh. Although there are many resources out there for GRE but you got me overwhelmed with powerful tools. This book is an amazing work.

    • Margarette
      Margarette May 2, 2012 at 10:18 am #

      haha I’m glad we’re overwhelming you, in a good way! Let us know if you have any suggestions for the next eBook topic :)

  52. Aparna May 2, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    This is just excellent!

    • Margarette
      Margarette May 2, 2012 at 10:17 am #

      Thanks, Aparna, we’re glad you like it! :)

  53. Muhammad May 2, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    Great addition.

    • Margarette
      Margarette May 2, 2012 at 9:41 am #

      Thanks, Muhammad! :)

  54. Rachel
    Rachel November 6, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    Hey Jenny!

    I just emailed you the eBook as an attachment. :) Happy studying!

  55. Aditya N Murthy November 10, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    Hello Rachel,

    Could you please e-mail a copy of the ebook to me also. I too cannot download it from the given link.

    Thanks!

  56. Rachel
    Rachel November 11, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    Just emailed it to you. :)

  57. Allen Prince November 18, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    Can u kindly e-mail it to me as well? Will be grateful

  58. Rachel
    Rachel November 19, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Done! :)

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