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Chris Lele

About Chris Lele

Chris Lele has been helping students excel on the GRE, GMAT, and SAT for the last 10 years. He is the Lead Content Developer and Tutor for Magoosh. His favorite food is wasabi-flavored almonds. Follow him on Google+!
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GRE Vocab Wednesday: Curious Compounds

A compound word is one formed by two or more words. Teamwork, sportsmanship, townhouse are all common examples. Not so common words include the following GRE vocabulary. See if you can figure out the meaning of each word before looking at definition. Oftentimes, the sound and feel of the word is very consistent with its […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: ‘W’ Words

It’s without doubt a wide world of words, and in honor of such an alliterative outpouring, I present you with the unsung and unwieldy letter ‘W’. Nowhere nearly as fecund as other letters, as far as starting words go, ‘W’ still shows up in some important GRE words.   Waggish Waggish doesn’t describe a happy […]

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GRE Vocab Resources 2014

MGRE Flashcards Manhattan GRE has a useful set of flashcards. Clear definitions, well-written example sentences and interesting tidbits (such as a “backstory” on certain words) make these a necessity. Words are broken up into two levels, so you can make sure that you are studying the words that are right for you.   Magoosh Flashcards […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: Hateful Words

Hate and venom; slander and insult; abuse and bitterness—welcome to this week’s Vocab Wednesday, in which all of these things are present. Malice The ‘mal-‘ root should be a giveaway that this word is negative (‘mal-’ comes from the Latin malus, which means bad). This word, however, does not mean you have a bad case […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: ‘P’ Words

There are such a plentitude of ‘p’ words—a veritable plethora—that even I was surprised at how many high-frequency ‘p’ words have yet to be featured in Vocab Wed. Though I only highlight a few words in this post, I hope to partially redress my general lack of ‘p’ words. I even went so far as […]

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GRE Reading Comprehension Pacing

It is easy to think that GRE pacing can just be reduced to a simple calculus: 30 minutes for 20 questions, equals 1.5 minutes per question. Things, however, are a lot more complicated than that. To really get a handle on pacing you are going to need to understand the nuances of the GRE verbal […]

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Choosing between the GRE and GMAT: Which is more difficult? You might have heard that many who take the GRE are also taking the GMAT, or vice versa. You may be wondering which test is easier, or which is better if you plan to get your MBA. If you are wondering exactly what the GMAT […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: A Multi-tongued Menagerie

The English language grabs from other languages without compunction. Unlike the French, who apparently went through pains to come up with a French derived word for Internet, we blithely take any foreign word and, with little to no alteration, drop it into our lexicon. Open up an unabridged dictionary, and you’ll encounter the likes of […]

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GRE Articles of the Month – February/March 2014

Note: Two Vocab Wednesday posts, Words from the Article of the Month and Words from the Article of the Month Part II refer to the articles in this post. For challenging vocabulary, read on … and let me know if you have any questions or comments! In the past, I’ve had requests to include two […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: Bye-Bye SAT Words

As some of you may have read, the SAT is undergoing a dramatic overhaul come 2016. One mainstay that is no longer going to be part of the test is “obscure” vocabulary. No, don’t rejoice; you can’t take the SAT—that’s for high school kids. The GRE has no plans to scrap “obscure” words. Indeed, there […]

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