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GRE Vocabulary Flashcards

Update!: Check out our new GRE Flashcards available in web/iPhone/Android formats!

Hi, everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚


A lot of you have been asking for vocab flashcards, so here you go! We’ve just released our GRE Vocabulary Flashcard “eBook”! It contains all of the vocabulary words from our popular Vocabulary eBook, which just contained word lists in plain old text form. These cards are for printing out on paper (whether through your home printer or at a copy shop is up to you :)) for any of you who are old school when it comes to studying, and want something you can flip through, highlight, mark up, etc.

We’ve often said that we weren’t exactly pleased with any of the GRE flashcards out there on the market so we’ve made these in true Magoosh fashion, with example sentences, descriptive definitions, and fun themes to really help the words stick.

One study tip!: While we do encourage flashcard use as a supplement to your GRE studying, nothing really beats good practice, so make sure to put your vocab skills to use by doing plenty of Sentence Equivalence and Text Completion questions as well.

If you’re interested in flashcards, check out our free GRE vocabulary flashcard apps for iPhone, Android, and the web!

Let us know how you like these, and if you have any other “eBook” or resource requests for our next release.

Clickย here to download the eBook. It’s a big file (flashcards take up a lot of pages), so it’ll take a while to load. Enjoy!

By the way, students who use Magoosh GRE improve their scores by an average of 8 points on the new scale (150 points on the old scale.) Click here to learn more.

83 Responses to GRE Vocabulary Flashcards

  1. Suhruth September 12, 2016 at 3:29 am #

    Thank You sooo much for these Flashcards.
    I took GRE 5 days back and I secured a score of 319- Quant(170) and Verbal(149).
    Though my verbal is very low, I am happy with it coz with Magoosh Flashcards I could never have got 149. I am taking the test again on Oct 6th, do you have any advice for me.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 13, 2016 at 4:57 pm #

      I’m glad our flashcards have been helping. Be sure to practice active reading strategies and learn how to understand new vocab by reading in context too. These strategies cna help you guess at the meanings of words even if the words are completely new to you. And make sure you build up your multiple choice test strategies in Verbal while you’re at it– build your skills in eliminating the wrong answers, spotting the right ones, and understanding how GRE Verbal questions are designed.

  2. Lauren Thomas May 10, 2016 at 8:29 am #

    Hi. I just want to make sure these guides are useful. I take the GRE in a few weeks. Is your information the same information on the ets practice tests?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 22, 2016 at 11:16 pm #

      Hi Lauren,

      Sorry it took us a bit to get back to you! I hope you’re still studying for the GRE and have found some good resources! We strive to deal with all of the same information you need to pass the GRE but we make our own materials, so we aren’t repeating ETS official materials here. I hope that answers your question!

  3. Manish Prasad April 5, 2016 at 3:33 am #

    I was looking for this all over the internet. Thanks a lot.

  4. Nasir Ali February 4, 2016 at 11:46 pm #

    Sir I am new and going to exam of GRE in coming test i don’t know about scoring of GRE totall and pass or fail. please guide

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 5, 2016 at 8:33 am #

      Hi Nasir,

      Great question! The GRE is graded from 260 to 340. There are 130-170 points in verbal and 130-170 points in quantitative. There is no “failing” score and instead individual universities will set their desired score levels. You can find this information on their admissions pages! You also get a separate AWA score which is your writing score from 0 to 6 in 0.5 point increments.

      I hope that helps!

  5. Akhilesh Maddali September 22, 2015 at 12:35 pm #


    I don’t think i’m able to clearly understand how to print out the words. I want to have it in a similar way in the app. Word on one side and then the definition with an example sentence on the flip side. I went through the pdf and dont seem to be finding such a format. I see the pages where the word is one side and a more of an explanation of the definition on the flip side.
    Can someone help me out, unless i have something totally wrong.


  6. Kris August 4, 2015 at 10:05 pm #

    Can we get this book for all 1000 words in flashcard.

  7. Shubhra Singh July 23, 2015 at 4:25 am #

    Is there a printable version of the GRE Vocabulary Flashcards app as well? If not, it’ll be REALLY helpful if you could put all the words in an eBook. Thanks!

  8. Sunny June 4, 2015 at 7:18 am #


    When was the GRE Vocabulary Flashcard eBook last updated? I’ve heard that the test makers keep changing the format of the test, and it seems like the book was written for 2013’s test takers. Would it make sense to print these out and study these in 2015?

    Thank you for answering my question.


    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig June 4, 2015 at 5:40 pm #

      Hi Sunny!

      Great question. The Revised GRE General test replaced the General GRE test on August 1, 2011. Since then, the format of the test really hasn’t changed much, and the vocabulary presented in our eBook is just as relevant today as it was in 2015. You can definitely feel comfortable using our GRE Vocabulary Flashcard eBook to study for the current format of the exam.

      Best of luck and happy studying!

  9. Charlie March 30, 2015 at 3:56 pm #

    How do I print only one sided vocab cards?

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig March 31, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

      Hi Charlie,

      If you’d like flashcards with the vocabulary word and the definition on the same side, then I’d recommend looking at the “one-sided flashcards” printing instructions on pg. 6 of the eBook. Then, if you skip to pg. 20, you can see the one-sided version of all the vocab flashcards. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I hope that helps!

      Good luck with your prep. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Rajeshwar Agrawal July 25, 2014 at 12:25 am #

    Hi everyone,

    Thanks to Magoosh for an awesome collection of Vocabulary Flashcards.
    I have created a class for Magoosh GRE Flashcards on Quizlet.
    They have helped me in learning a lot and I hope it would be helpful to others too.
    I am sharing it’s link and everyone is welcome to join and learn Magoosh GRE Flashcards through Quizlet’s way!

    Thanks Magoosh, keep up the good work ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele July 28, 2014 at 10:58 am #

      That’s awesome , Rajeshwar! Thanks for helping out other Magooshers ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Lahari S August 5, 2015 at 10:36 am #


        I just wanted to know if the Magoosh GRE Math flashcards, containing formulae and different approaches to quite a few topics is enough for studying, later followed by practice tests?

        Thank you!

    • Ajay Shrivastav September 1, 2014 at 1:21 am #

      Hi Rejeshwar,

      I have joined your class of GRE Flashcards at Quizlet. Can you please approve my request.

      Many Thanks.

  11. Akash Babu June 26, 2014 at 6:37 am #

    I found ‘Sedulous’ on flashcards and on any magoosh ebook to be defined as ‘Sitting idle’, but other famous dictionaries define it in an extremely different way, as ‘marked by care and persistent effort’. Please clarify or if it’s mistakenly defined the other way on Magoosh products, please have it changed ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele June 26, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

      Hi Akash,

      Hmm…it seems that ‘sedulous’ is defined correctly in both our ebook and in the flashcards. That definition i ‘marked by care and persistent effort’. The ‘sitting idle’ definition is wrong.

  12. Shampa Thakur June 19, 2014 at 12:59 am #

    Reading is good “Passive” way of improving vocabulary, but when you are resorting to making lists, that is “Active” method. Problem with active method of learning words is that it is cumbersome and boring, and you doing retain and unless you use it in writing sentences to apply the word, very little chance is that you increase your lexical size.

    Improve Your Vocabulary – VocabMonk is an active learning tool which is personalized and makes sure you grasp the learnt words by applying it. It is lot of fun too as you can play vocab challenges with your friends.

    Give it a shot!

  13. Sruthi February 27, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    I’ve been using these flashcards and they are of great help. While going through one of the words-“precipitous” in common words V deck, i found its meaning and the sentence not appropriate. Your meaning for the word reads “done with very great haste and without due deliberation”, whereas the sentence given is “He was expecting a precipitous rise in the value of a hot tech stock, but was disappointed when it only inched up a dollar or two each day”.

    If we infer the meaning of this word from the above sentence, it would mean steep rise.
    Please clarify.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele February 28, 2014 at 10:48 am #


      Good catch! That sentence is wrong on two accounts:

      1) It does not match up with the definition (precipitous has two)

      2) It is stylistically inappropriate given that precipitous needs to be followed by something negative. The word is almost always followed by a drop, but “precipitous rise” is on the rise itself–though if this is precipitous depends on how a “prescriptivist” you are :).

      I will make sure to change it. Thanks again, and sorry for any confusion!

  14. Philip Halabi December 26, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    I printed out the flashcards for my younger sister who’s studying for the GRE, and I had fun reading the sentences and background information for each word. Some of the words I’ve heard of before and I found some clips on YouTube of movies, ads and TV shows where the words are used in a humorous way.

    amuck is used in the Disney movie Hocus Pocus which is about three witches who come back to life after a boy likes a candle in their old home. They are now in the modern times and they are trying to grasp the concept of Halloween.

    diabolical is used in an ad for BBC America, a TV station. The ad shows a queen talking about complaints she has heard, but doesnโ€™t notice anything wrong.

    scintillating is used in an episode from the British sit-com, Keeping Up Appearances, which is about a housewife named Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced bouquet) who tries to impress her neighbors and acquaintances from the upper class, but fails every time. In this episode she puts an ad in the paper for social etiquette classes and is anxiously waiting for telephone calls. When she finally gets one, she tries to make a grand introduction by using a tongue twister.

    inundated is used in the same episode where Hyacinth fetches the paper from the paperboy and asks her husband, Richard, to find the ad. She sounds exhausted because she had to catch the paperboy first. He ran away from her because one time she made him wash his ears.

    turpitude is used in a Keeping Up Appearances episode where a man moves in next door to Hyacinthโ€™s house. She is appalled at the thought of her neighbor, Elizabeth, inviting a strange man into her home, especially one who goes out draped in a towel to fetch the milk.

    impertinence is used in a Keeping Up Appearances episode where Hyacinth and Richard are on an outing to the countryside to look for Iron Age remains. She makes Richard climb a tree so that he can have a better look. When they drive home, she tells him how humiliated she was.

    • Rachel Wisuri
      Rachel December 27, 2013 at 10:40 am #

      Hey Philip! Thanks for this. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think our other blog readers will find it helpful!

  15. Gayathri October 15, 2013 at 1:36 pm #


    Just for clarification is the E-book same as the flashcards on Tablet app.


    • Rachel Wisuri
      Rachel October 16, 2013 at 11:15 am #

      Hi Gayathri,

      They’re not exactly the same. The app has all of the words in this book (300) plus 700 more. ๐Ÿ™‚


  16. Alina October 2, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

    Thank you for your fantastic work. I want to know how to download this ebook vocabulary to my computer. I can not be online to read all the time.

    • Rachel Wisuri
      Rachel October 3, 2013 at 10:36 am #

      Hi Alina!

      You can download the eBook with the following steps:

      1. Open the eBook online.
      2. Click on the little icon in the bottom right corner that looks like a file. This will save the book to your desktop.
      3. Alternatively, you could press the printer icon and print the book.

      Hope that helps!

  17. Morgan September 29, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    Great flashcards!!! I’ve been using them and my vocabulary has improved. My only suggestion is to add more words in the future ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks again Magoosh!!

    • Rachel Wisuri
      Rachel September 30, 2013 at 11:49 am #

      Glad you’re enjoying the cards! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy studying!

  18. rohan August 21, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    Hi Margarette,

    I downloaded the magoosh flashcard app and i must say it is super awesome. It really works well in terms of remembering the words.All this time I was fidgeting with choosing the best wordlist, i think i found the right one. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just wanted to ask you, i have a month to go for my GRE exam. Will it be enough if i learn the words only via your flashcard app?

    • Rachel Wisuri
      Rachel August 22, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

      Hey Rohan! Yes, that should be plenty of words to cover in one month! For everyone else reading this, we’re referring to the 1000 words in our flashcard app, found here: Happy studying!

      • jjennifer September 27, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

        Hi, I’ve been using the online flashcards for the past few days but suddenly, the back part of each card is not working (it has the same “principal” word and not the definition).

        Is this a generalized problem or is it just my account?

        • Rachel Wisuri
          Rachel September 30, 2013 at 11:38 am #

          Hey Jennifer! This isn’t a known issue, but if the problem persists, please email us at Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Betsy January 29, 2014 at 9:46 am #

        Should I print the vocab flash cards or are the same words in your app?


        • Rachel Wisuri
          Rachel January 29, 2014 at 11:25 am #

          The same words (and lots more!) are in the app. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Bablu August 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    Dear Margarette,

    There is only 300 words, can i have more of it?

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette August 22, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

      Hi, Bablu

      You can get 1000 of our words– not in printable flashcard form, but online here for free:

      Hope that helps! ๐Ÿ™‚


  20. Erin August 16, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    Hi, I noticed you have flashcards for around the world vocab as well as french words etc. I’m just wondering if you think there will be a lot of those words on the GRE?

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette August 21, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

      Yes, we do! There are quite a lot of “French” (now basically English) words that will pop up on the GRE, especially in the TC/SE answer choices :).

  21. kedar August 4, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    Thanks a ton for the e-book!
    I have a small query, i have downloaded the magoosh android app and it turns out there are 250 words in it. Does the app consist of same stuff mentioned here? because for me its more easy to study over my phone. And will more words be added into the app anytime soon?
    Thanks a lot again.

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette August 21, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

      Hi, Kedar

      There should be 1000 words in the Android app, too! Make sure you have the most updated version– if you do, and you still can’t see all the words, let me know! ๐Ÿ™‚


  22. Ola July 18, 2013 at 2:24 am #

    What is the update on the GRE Vocab online flash cards?


  23. Ishan July 14, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    Hi Margarette

    Are the online voc flashcards available now? Or, is there any app for ipad to learn them. Please reply.


    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette August 21, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

      Hi, Ishan

      Yes! They are at and you can find the app by searching for Magoosh Flashcards ๐Ÿ™‚


  24. Yeshu June 26, 2013 at 2:03 am #

    Thank you so much for these flash cards ,i was in dire need of these,as only 20 days more to go for my test.I would also like to know if there is any material where gre words are used in either stories or reports or in any format where we can read the material and remember them in context with the stories or newspaper reports ,that will be far more easier way to memorize,if any please please please let me know…

  25. Vikas Gupta June 25, 2013 at 5:03 am #

    Hi Margarette,

    Sorry for asking this as I am new to this blog. I would like to know whether we need to register or sign in for downloading the flash cards? Are they free for everyone? I have been trying to download these using the link but the page is not loading and its saying you may need to sign in. My connection is very slow…so this may be a factor too.


    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette June 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

      Hi, Vikas

      The flashcards are free to download, for everyone– no need to sign in or anything like that. The PDF file is indeed very large, so it may just be taking a while!

      We have the same vocabulary words in a list format in this eBook (much smaller, much quicker download) here, if you can’t get the flashcards working:

      Let me know how it goes!


      • Vikas Gupta June 25, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

        Thanks a lot. Its really great that they are free.


      • mohan January 26, 2014 at 10:17 am #

        both the files contain same words or were there is any difference?

        • Rachel Wisuri
          Rachel January 27, 2014 at 11:48 am #

          Hi Mohan! The words in the flashcards eBook and the vocabulary eBook Margarette mentioned above are indeed the same. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. shruti June 21, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    THANKS to everybody for their great efforts …Magoosh team to help us by one more means to study for GRE effectively.

    Flashcards are THE BEST by design, usage its handy
    Thanks for being with us with so much of your support and lot of efforts.
    we will make best use of it.

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette June 21, 2013 at 11:22 am #

      Thanks, Shruti! I hope the flashcards help you get an excellent Verbal score! ๐Ÿ™‚


  27. James June 21, 2013 at 2:51 am #

    Big thanks from London! Really helpful. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette June 21, 2013 at 11:19 am #

      You’re welcome, James! Happy studying, from the Magoosh team in California! ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Matte June 20, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    This is just perfect! Thank you. You guys are awesome!

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette June 20, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

      Thanks, Matte! ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Adil June 20, 2013 at 10:35 am #


    Thanks for this resource, just downloaded it. I’m sure it’ll be of great help.

    Btw, i’m very new to this blog, so pardon my novice query: In your view, how many words (as a bare minimum) should one go through to get a decent Verbal score?

    The reason i’m asking is because i’ll be appearing for GRE in less than a month, and unfortunately work commitments haven’t allowed me to spend as much time on vocab as i would’ve liked!


    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette June 20, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

      Hi, Adil

      The words in this flashcard set/Vocabulary eBook that I linked to above are a good start. There’s no set number, really– just by doing plenty of practice questions and reading (recommendations are included in the eBooks!) you’ll be able to pick up several hundred words naturally. The new GRE really tests contextual knowledge of words, so don’t worry too much about memorizing X number of words + definitions. Just do lots of reading and occasional flashcard review– this is much more fun and will be much better for your Verbal score.

      I hope that helps!


      • Adil June 21, 2013 at 4:49 am #

        Thanks a lot, Margarette. Your response is rather comforting, especially with regards to the fact that the new GRE focuses more on ‘contextual knowledge of words’. I’ve never been a fan of cramming or rote learning. On the contrary, reading is right up my alley. Fingers crossed from here on in. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Margarette Jung
          Margarette June 21, 2013 at 11:43 am #

          Best of luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. sindhu June 20, 2013 at 1:05 am #


    Very glad on this…what we people looking for..thank u so much

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette June 20, 2013 at 11:47 am #

      You’re very welcome, Sindhu! ๐Ÿ™‚


  31. Nafiz June 19, 2013 at 3:55 am #

    HI Margarette,

    The GRE Vocabulary Flashcard โ€œeBookโ€ is awesome. Many many thanx for it, You guys are amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette June 19, 2013 at 10:10 am #

      Thanks, Nafiz! We’re glad you like it :). Happy studying!


  32. Nirmal June 19, 2013 at 12:22 am #

    Check the French words section. Isn’t there an extra ONE-SIDED FLASHCARDS separator page in there. noticed while printing.
    If that’s the only error in the PDF i’ll go ahead with printing them

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette June 19, 2013 at 10:00 am #

      Hi, Nirmal

      Yes, thanks for catching that! There is an extra title/separator page for the French words, but that doesn’t affect the printing page numbers at all, so you can go ahead and use the page numbers from the Table of Contents, depending on which type (one- or two-sided) you’d like to print :). We’ll take that page out shortly, thanks for letting us know! ๐Ÿ™‚


      • Nirmal June 19, 2013 at 10:11 am #

        You’re welcome. It’s a really good design and effort. Will start reading soon.
        Could you advise me how many words are in there , 300 I guess. Do you plan to release a bigger set soon enough for premium members or so. I really liked the way you have laid it out, no other word list looks as attractive and handy.

        • Margarette Jung
          Margarette June 19, 2013 at 10:14 am #

          Yes, just a little over 300. We do have another, online (not paper/PDF) flashcard resource that we’re going to be releasing soon, which will have some of the words in this set but also a lot more, especially high-frequency words. We’ll definitely be posting that on the blog when it’s ready, so be sure to check back in a few weeks!


          • Nirmal June 19, 2013 at 10:17 am #

            That’s great! Hope it’s out soon for me to study ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Sandy June 18, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

    Just curious. How many words/cards are there?

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette June 19, 2013 at 10:09 am #

      Hi, Sandy!

      A little over 300 words, and you can print them either as one-sided or two-sided cards ๐Ÿ™‚


  34. Arun June 18, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

    Team Magoosh,

    Great job. These flashcards are absolutely stunning. I could see that a lot of effort has gone into making these I really appreciate your effort. This is a must – print for me now. Thanks once again. Kudos to your team.


    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette June 19, 2013 at 10:11 am #

      Hi, Arun

      Thank you, I’ll pass on your compliments to our designer! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope the cards help you ace the Verbal section!


  35. Ramnath June 18, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    Exactly what we people were looking for !! Great stuff !! Thank you sooo much !!

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette June 19, 2013 at 10:12 am #

      Hi, Ramnath

      You’re very welcome! I hope you enjoy studying with them! ๐Ÿ™‚


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