GRE Vocabulary Q&A

Next week, Chris will be doing a series of vocabulary-themed posts, addressing everything from mnemonics to recommended reading (non-GRE workbooks, literature, publications, etc.)!

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Throughout the week, we’ll also be accepting questions about anything and everything vocabulary-related that you may be curious about– submit a question as a comment on this post and Chris will answer it in the Vocabulary Q&A Video we’ll post next Wednesday, as part of the second weekly “Video Wednesday” series we’re trying out.  If we don’t have a chance to address your question in the video, fear not– each and every question will be answered in text form in a post we’ll publish later next week.

As a warm-up for the week ahead, brush up on your vocabulary strategies by checking out the Magoosh GRE Vocabulary page.  There’s an entire table of contents at the bottom that has an organized list of every vocabulary post we have.  Enjoy!

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15 Responses to GRE Vocabulary Q&A

  1. Linus Khan April 27, 2018 at 10:47 pm #

    Hey Chris, i have a question is there any product that magoosh offers in which all 1000 words of GRE in some ways is jotted down on a chart and all related words of one type or the other are stacked together. Its a hugely succesful and effective way to remember the words learnt and also remember their synonyms if any.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 28, 2018 at 4:31 pm #

      Hi Linus,

      I’m afraid we don’t have any resources like that, but it might be a useful thing to make on your own! In my experience, the process of making materials like that is super helpful and can deepen your understanding of the words and their relationships to other words. Here are the vocabulary resources that we have:
      Magoosh Vocab Flashcards
      Magoosh Vocab Builder
      Magoosh Google Chrome Vocabulary Highlighter

      • Linus khan May 20, 2018 at 10:15 am #

        Thank You Sir. I have already downloaded the app on my apple phone, and am in the process to finish the stack of words. Indebt budles of Thanks.

        When and If I make a word chart or a map of all these words Including all synonyms and antonyms closesly piled together, i would share that with you guys. So others might get help.

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 24, 2018 at 4:08 pm #

          Thanks Linus! Good luck 🙂

  2. Apurv Parekh January 25, 2016 at 7:16 pm #

    Hello Chris,

    I have just started study for GRE. I have plan to give the test in June. I have brought Manhattan GRE flashcards (500 essential words) and using Magoosh-GRE-Vocab-eBook. I refer the words from flashcards and for usage of the word I am also referring
    I am looking for New York Times word of the day and solve the quiz from

    am I going good ?
    would you like to give any suggestion?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 7, 2016 at 1:01 pm #

      Hi Apurv,

      It sounds like you’re on track! Since you have many months of preparation time, it is a good idea to boost your verbal core before moving forward. I would say that in a month or so you will want to transition to studying verbal and quant content for the GRE, but in the meantime, you’re doing yourself a great service working on vocabulary and reading! 🙂

  3. saranya November 22, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    Hi Chris, I have started preparing GRE since two and half months and whenever i worked out a few verbal section, I am into frustration. My vocabulary is still poor. Please give me some tips to enhance my vocabulary

    • Chris Lele
      Chris November 22, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

      Hi Saranya,

      Here is a link to a post from the blog that breaks down how to study vocabulary.

      Also make sure that you are reading as well, and looking up words and actively building your vocabulary this way.

      Let me know if you have any questions after reading this post.


      • saranya November 22, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

        Hi Chris, Thank you for immediate response. The blog was really helpful. I actually do not find any improvement with prefix and suffix. Help me in this regard.

        • Chris Lele
          Chris November 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

          Hi Saranya,

          Though the answer to your question is a little more nuanced, basically:

          Do not learn prefixes and suffixes.

          Learn Words.

          And whatever you do, do not use Kaplan’s method of studying vocab. It simply doesn’t work and Kaplan inaccurately lump words into generic categories.

          Hope that helps!

          • saranya November 23, 2011 at 9:44 pm #

            Hi Chris, Thanks for your quick response

  4. Hasan September 4, 2011 at 5:42 am #

    I have four months in my hand before I go for the venture..My GRE vocabulary is really poor at the moment..though learning new words everyday..but the list is huge…do you think it will be possible for me be build a good vocabulary skill by four months??
    Thank you

    • Chris Lele
      Chris September 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

      Great question Hasan! Actually I answered it in a video we just posted on the blog. Have a look!

  5. pooja September 3, 2011 at 6:11 am #


    Well i have my GRE on 15th of this month, i know that is just round the corner. So, i just wanted some suggestions as to what i should do now at this point.
    I have been learning new words but still i don’t have much confidence yet.
    Please help..

    and yeah. you guys are just awesome here at MAGOOSH..

    Thank you..

    • Chris Lele
      Chris September 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

      Great question! We just put up a video on the blog in which I answer that very question.

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