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A lot of you have been asking for GRE vocabulary 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, but the words have been reformatted from plain old text into flashcards. These cards are designed to be printed out on paperâ€”either through your home printer or a copy shop’s :). This should satisfy students with “old school” study habits who want something tangible that they can flip through, highlight, mark up, etc. (More technically inclined learners interested in *digital* flashcards should check out our free GRE vocabulary flashcard apps for iPhone, Android, and the web!)

ClickÂ the button below to download the printable flashcards. It’s a big file (flashcards take up a lot of pages), so it’ll take a while to load. Enjoy! And see below for some tips on how to use these flashcards effectively.

We weren’t exactly pleased with the otherÂ GRE flashcards available on the market, so we’ve made these in true Magoosh fashionâ€”each card includes example sentences, descriptive definitions, and fun themes to really help the words stick.

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

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. Magoosh premium members have access to nearly ~400 SE & TC questions combined.

Although GRE vocabulary flashcards are a great starting point, they should not be the only means of expanding your vocabulary. One of the best ways to develop your personal lexicon is to **read more**.

But don’t just read anythingâ€”you need to focus on academic materials similar to what you’ll see on the GRE. Some great suggestions include *The New York Times,Â The Economist,Â The Atlantic Monthly*, andÂ *The New Yorker*. Anytime you come across a new word, see if you can figure out it’s meaning by scrutinizing the surrounding words. Then look up the real definitionâ€”keep this information recorded somewhere and review it often! If you do a lot of online reading, check out our Chrome Plugin that highlights common GRE words.

While our flaschcards and the Chrome Plugin include words that frequently appear on the GRE, it’s likely that you’ll run into some unfamiliar terms come test day. The best way to prepare for this situation is to practice reading until you develop a comfortable sense of logic & structure within sentences. This will allow you to decipher the meaning of unknown words simply by examining their context.

Brains are complicated organs, and encoding new information can be tricky. Thankfully, we can useÂ mnemonicsÂ as a sort of “brain hack” to enhance our learning and recall abilities. Simply put, mnemonics are memory tricks that use association to assist learning. These associations can be rhymes, alliteration, historical context, opposites, or any other tool that makes a word easier to remember! Here’s a coupleÂ examples:

*DiffidenceÂ*refers to timidity or shyness. In this respect, it’s the opposite of a more common word: confidence.*Verisimilitude*Â means “something that has the appearance of being true.” SoÂ when you see this word, think of something “veri-similar” to the truth.

Coming up with mnemonics for new words is a great way to help them stick!

*Editorâ€™s Note: This post was originally published in June, 2013 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.*

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]]>Based on your suggestions, we’re excited to offer you this eBook compilation of must-know GRE math formulas for you to reference and memorize as you study!

Though memorizing a math formula (or twelve) isn’t the only way to study for GRE Quant, knowing certain frequently-tested formulas by heart will help you improve your speed on test day. Once you learn these formulas, be sure to practice using them! A little timed practice can go a long way.

Download the Magoosh math formulas eBook and read on to learn a little bit more about what to expect from the math section of the GRE.

The GRE Quantitative Reasoning section tests concepts that you likely learned during sophomore and/or junior year of high school. These concepts DO NOT INCLUDE higher level math like trigonometry, calculus, or geometry proofs. They DO INCLUDE things you’ve probably long forgotten like properties of shapes, integer properties, exponent rules, and word problems.

The thing that takes these concepts to the GRE level is their complexity. Figuring out what each question is asking you to accomplish can be really tricky, whereas the math involved in solving them tends to be fairly straightforward. And you won’t get partial credit for showing your work, so picking the correct answer choice is very important!

Since it may take you longer than you’d like to read and understand what a GRE quant question is asking of you, it’s important that you won’t waste time solving the problem. Knowing which math formulas to use, and then using them quickly and correctly, can really help you do well on GRE quant. Time is of the essence!

Here is a list of the main concepts and formulas you’ll need to know for the GRE. Each of these concepts is addressed in the Magoosh’s Complete Guide to Math Formulas eBook. In this resource, you’ll also find recommended strategies for how to best use (or not use!) and remember these math formulas on the GRE.

- Arithmetic and Number Properties
- Types of Numbers
- Order of Operations: PEMDAS
- Commutative, Associative, and Distributive Properties
- Prime Numbers
- Factorization
- Divisibility
- Absolute Values
- Fast Fractions
- Percentages
- Ratios
- Powers and Roots
- Exponents
- Roots
- Algebra
- Simplifying Expressions
- Factoring
- Solving Equations
- Geometry
- Angles
- Polygons
- Triangles
- Circles
- Squares
- Rectangles
- Trapezoids
- Quadrilaterals
- 3-D Shapes
- Coordinate Geometry
- Lines
- The Distance Formula
- Quadratics
- Word Problems
- Distance, Rate, and Time
- Work Rate
- Sequences
- Interest
- Statistics
- Counting
- Probability

Don’t be intimidated! Some of these formulas are easy to remember, and some you’ll still know from your high school days. Focus your time on re-learning the formulas and concepts that are trickiest and newest to you.

Below are the main math formulas you’ll need for the GRE. I’ve just given a quick overview — a Cliff Notes version — since later on in the post you’ll find the full Math Formula eBook, which contains these formulas and *many* more. So if you want an in-depth take on this stuff, then head to the eBook at the bottom of the page. If not, look below for your math formula edification.

That said, I should offer a quick word on the temptation of thinking that knowing a formula is the key to automatically answering a question correctly. This is decidedly not the case on the GRE, on which you have to decipher, unscramble, unlock (pick your metaphor!) the question before you can answer it correctly. In other words, the formula is the final step to answering a math question right. (I expound on this in the intro of the eBook below.)

**Area:** , where is the radius of the circle

**Circumference:** , where is the diameter of the circle

**Surface area:** , where s is the length of a side of the cube

**Volume:** , where s is the length of a side of the cube

,where is the base and is the height of the triangle

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**FOIL:** First Outer Inner Last

Total degrees = , where equals number of sides of polygon

We recommend that you print it out, share it, and start a pile of Magoosh eBooks (General, Vocabulary), that you can study on the go. Enjoy! Be sure to let us know you like this resource. đź™‚

*Editorâ€™s Note: This post was originally published in June 2012 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.*

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]]>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 GRE in eBook form.

It includes:

- Instructions on how to use our very popular GRE vocabulary lists
- How to
*not*use GRE vocabulary 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!

Feel free to share with friends, print it out, and use it to learn some new vocabulary words on the go. 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 haveÂ a generalÂ GRE eBook as well!

**If you’d like printable flashcards, check out GRE Vocabulary Flashcards eBook!**

**For a PDF of all the words found on our flashcard app, check out this topic on our FAQ page!**

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