GRE Vocabulary continued
GRE Words By Alphabets
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Sentence completion questions are typically the "fill in the blanks" you have done all life long. Here you will have a sentence with two blanks. This will be followed by five pairs of words. You have to fill in the blanks with the best suited pair. The sentence thus formed should be meaningful, logical and grammatically correct. These questions tell the examiner about your understanding capabilities.
Reading comprehension questions measure your ability to comprehend. These questions have a passage followed by a few questions based on it. The questions can be about the obvious content of the passage as well as the hidden aspects of the writer's intensions and assumptions. Each question is followed by five answer options out of which the best one has to be chosen. You have to read carefully, understand the writer's mindset and be discriminative while answering. The passages can be related with any subject: humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
So it must be clear to you that you can not ignore the practice for vocabulary of GRE and leave it to fate. A good amount of preparation is required for handling this section. Since vocabulary section carries a lot of weightage you can not take it for granted. Proper preparation is a must. And your overall scores will go up or down to a great extent depending on your preparation of this section.
There is no best way of preparing for this section. Moreover it depends on you, how good your vocabulary is. Some students have a good command over English and thus face little problem while attempting the vocabulary questions. Whereas, some students have to work a lot and learn new words, their meanings and application. Hence preparing for vocabulary becomes a very tedious task for them. The main thing is that you must not tax yourself. Prepare systematically and according to your capacity.
The best way to prepare for vocabulary is to start well before the test, something like a year in advance. You can look for sources around you like the newspaper, magazines, text books etc. You can start marking the words which you find difficult and look up their meanings. It will be best to write them down in a separate notebook, complete with their meanings, opposites, and some short sentences for reference. This will help you make a good dictionary of your own. You can even make sections for words starting with different alphabets. This document you can refer to on a regular basis and by and by you shall learn the meanings of words without getting worked up. This way you do not have to devote extra time to prepare for vocabulary around the exam, when other subjects become more important. Of course this method is not easy to adopt as most of us prefer to work two or three months before the exam.
Other techniques for improving vocabulary are rather difficult. You will have to look for some sources of a large collection of words. The dictionary is the largest such collection but it is practically impossible to use a dictionary for preparation. So you will have to look for some other source. There are a number of websites which prepare lists of words along with their meanings and explanation. Most of them pick words from previous test papers. What you can do is actually learn these words by heart. Now there has to be a proper way of memorizing these words. If you start in a big way then it is likely that by the time you have to take the exam you are saturated and can not retain anything. So it is best to go slow and steady. Learn some 5- 10 words each day, complete with their meanings and applications. Here it is important to remember that some words have more than one meaning, depending on their application. So, simply learning one meaning or a part of the meaning is not enough. You must completely understand the word. It is also better to learn words starting with different alphabets at the same time. For example you can learn two words starting with some five different alphabets in a day. This way you will not get confused with similar words and shall be able to retain the words for longer. After you learn a word you must try to form a sentence or two using it, so that you remember the meaning better. Also it is important to keep revising words once learnt as it is likely that you will forget them after some days.
Another source of learning can be through some teacher of yours. He will be able to guide you according to your capabilities and level of the vocabulary test. But it is likely that your teacher does not have enough knowledge for preparing you for GRE.
The words asked in the test are not very common and simple ones. Moreover the computer adaptive format will only present questions according to your answers. And as you already know, the tougher the question the more the weightage. So it becomes important for you to attempt this section well. A little hard work will make a marked difference in your score.
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