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Announcing the Vocabulary Builder Workbook by Chris LeLe

Over the years, I’ve taught vocabulary to many students. Maybe you’ve learned these words from my YouTube series Vocabulary Wednesday, the fiendishly difficult GRE Text Completion questions, or the Magoosh blog posts where I often sprinkle these words in. Regardless, these words have been spread across the Internet and aren’t so easy to find.

Well, for the first time, I’ve collected many of these words (and some new ones!) in one easy to access place: an actual physical book. It’s called the Vocabulary Builder Workbook and contains 1,400 words (it’s available for pre-order on Amazon).

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However, it doesn’t just list words. Rather, it gives colorful example sentences, interesting word histories, and easy-to-remember definitions.

But there’s more! As a huge advocate of the use-it-or-lose-it approach to learning, I’ve provided exercises at the bottom of each chapter to reinforce learning. Fill-in-the-blank questions, matching, word unscrambles…they’re all here to help you retain many of the important words you might see on test day.

Want a sneak peek? Here are a few excerpts!

Excerpts from Vocabulary Builder Workbook-magoosh

The Vocabulary Builder Workbook is perfect if you are studying for the GRE and want an effective way to retain words. But it’s also perfect if you want to improve your reading comprehension abilities, whether you are taking a standardized test like the SAT or are entering college and will have a formidable (yep, that word is in the book!) workload. Or maybe you simply want to add some pep to your prose, enrich your vocabulary, or impress your friends with your newfound verbal sophistication (or all three)!

So pick up a copy on Amazon and let me know how you like it. 🙂

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14 Responses to Announcing the Vocabulary Builder Workbook by Chris LeLe

  1. M July 2, 2018 at 9:28 pm #


    i am going through to your books these days but i want to know words like with german origin or french are they really coming into GRE! you have provided sentences to only three words each lesson rest of words have only meaning why is that so?

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele July 20, 2018 at 11:30 am #

      Hi M!

      It’s Chris himself–just thought I’d chime in here 🙂

      Words of French origin are common throughout the history of the GRE verbal section, German not quite so much. In this book, I tried to include vocabulary that the New York Times would use in an article and/or would appear in an academic context (I feel this is roughly what the writers of the GRE do.) So most of the words should be fair game, though there are a few words that most likely wouldn’t be on the GRE (these are typically the last word in the sidebar of words.)

      Speaking of which, the publisher of the book (it wasn’t Magoosh) wanted around 1,400 to 1,500 words but had to work in the constraints of the book’s length (around 200 pages). It was either sacrifice the quiz at the end or have extended definitions and etymologies for each word. I felt that many of these words were good to know but didn’t have quite a colorful/helpful provenance, so it didn’t make sense to give them the “full treatment.”

      One thing you can do to supplement the words in the sidebar (part grayed out) is to look them up on, which will give you that background info., as well as plenty of examples drawn from across the web.

      Good luck in your studies and let me know if you have any other questions 😀

  2. Oma April 4, 2018 at 6:24 pm #

    Hello Chris,
    Way to go with the book.
    Planning on getting one.
    Currently a Magoosh patron..
    Is an E copy available.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 5, 2018 at 6:42 pm #

      Hi Oma! We sell a kindle version that can be read with the free kindle app! 🙂

  3. Vinay April 2, 2018 at 9:47 am #

    When will this book be available to read in India?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 6, 2018 at 12:07 pm #

      You can actually already pre-order this book on and get it shipped to India, either direclty from Amazon, or through a broker such as Borderlinx And once the book is in print, it should be available through any Indian retailer that cares to carry it.

  4. Vinayak April 2, 2018 at 5:07 am #

    When will this book be available for purchase in India? There is no kindle edition of this book for India.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 2, 2018 at 9:52 am #

      Hi Vinayak,

      It appears that our Vocabulary Builder Workbook (both paper and Kindle edition) is available on Amazon India. I hope that link helps!

  5. faraz March 21, 2018 at 8:02 am #

    Can we have this book in PDF Copy ? or it is only available in hard copy?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 21, 2018 at 10:23 am #

      Hi Faraz,

      You can purchase an e-Book version on Amazon. It’s not a PDF, but you can read it on Kindle software!

      • Faraz Hussain March 29, 2018 at 8:07 am #

        thank u . i got this book (I am student of GRE Magoosh too) can you please suggest me how can I use this book for preparing my GRE vocab section and can this book alone help us to get good marks or we still have to rely on magazines, newspapers and other resources which people are talking about .

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 30, 2018 at 4:08 pm #

          Hi Faraz,

          Since you’re a Premium student, I’ll forward your message along to one of our tutors 🙂 Just a heads up, you’ll get a response in a separate email!

  6. Deep March 9, 2018 at 9:10 am #

    Does this book provide or cover all words that are found in magoosh flashcard app?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 12, 2018 at 1:27 pm #

      Hi Deep,

      There is a lot of overlap between the flashcards and the words in this book, but the words were not selected specifically from our flashcards/apps. It will certainly help you to learn many of the words in our flashcards and build your general vocabulary and reading comprehension skills 😀

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