How to Build your Vocabulary for the GRE – FAQs

1. On the scale of 1000 how good is Galvanise app closure to actual GRE exam words ? Can you take this question so that I can use Galvanize app ? – Ajay Katkar

Gavanize Vocab App is a top-rated app on the play store. Install and use the app to reap the benefits.

2. What app is very effective for GRE (Most used)? – Apoorva Patil

Please do try both our GRE Prep and Vocab Prep apps on the play store.

3. Shouldn’t we concentrate on GRE prose rather than the number of words. The new GRE has complex prose rather than words, doesn’t it? – Bala Murali komanduri

Yes, the revised GRE tests the test-taker’s Verbal reasoning ability and the ability to understand complex, academic prose rather than simply testing them on words and their meanings. However, it is still necessary that we possess a decent vocabulary and an understanding of word nuances. An average non-native speaker of the English language would, therefore, have to take the extra effort required to learn words to get to the expected level.

4. If I don’t know the meaning of a word, is there a way to figure out a closer meaning from sentence/context? – Chirag Gaitonde

Not all sentences or contexts would lend the meaning of a word easily. But it is usually possible at least to guess, if not clearly arrive at, the meaning of words from a context. You could use the prefixes, root words, the tone that the word carries etc., to figure out the meaning of some words.

For example, see if you can figure out the meaning of the highlighted words in the following sentences (make use of the tips provided above):

  1. While the song wasn’t so remarkable in itself, the singer’s mellifluous voice managed to win the hearts of the audience.
  2. Pandemonium broke out as soon as the minister resigned.
  3. He came up with a sinister scheme to get back at his brother.

5. How/where can I take up mock exams before the GRE test? Any website/software? Please suggest. – Dheeraj Prakaash

You can take the sample test offered by Galvanize Test Prep here.

6. Which newspaper should I read to improve my vocab? – Harish kumaran D

You can read the Editorial column of ‘The Hindu’.

7. How many words should one learn before taking the GRE? – Sani, Nigeria

The revised GRE tests the test-taker’s Verbal reasoning ability and the ability to understand complex, academic prose rather than simply testing them on words and their meanings. However, it is still necessary that we possess a decent vocabulary and an understanding of word nuances. But it is not the number of words you know that matters as much as your ability to use and understand those words in context.

8. I am following vocabulary.com. I am able to select the correct meaning when options are there. But I am not able remember meanings of words without options. what should I do? – Sourabh Karmakar

Vocabulary.com gives you a small, relatable context with which to remember the word, in addition to the sample sentences. But it is important that you try to use the word in your own sentence/context for good retention of the word.

9. How to make the best use of use flash cards ? – Yasomitra Sampat Kota

Flash cards are handy, especially to learn words on the go. They can help you learn as well as revise and recall words. Use the details on the back of the card to learn the words; when you want to revise them, pick a random word card from the pack and try to recall the meaning of the word by looking at the front side that contains only the word. You could segregate the words you are having difficulty with recalling and refer those cards more frequently to master those words.

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