Vocabulary for GRE


Vocabulary is a very important part of the ETS-GRE paper. It is tested in the paper in a number of ways, both direct and indirect. Testing vocabulary would mean that the examiners want to know how good your knowledge is about the words in English. This does not only include their meanings but also their opposites, usage and grammar. So if you merely know the meaning of a word, it is not enough for the test. You must have complete knowledge about how that word is used in English.

GRE Words By Alphabets

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GRE Antonyms By Alphabets

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English is a universal language; people all around the world use it for communicating. Without this language it would be impossible for people of different nationalities to come together. Moreover it is the medium of instruction in colleges in a number of countries. In the US also graduate courses are taught in English. Thus it is important for you to be well versed with the language. After all there is no point in taking admission in a college where you can neither understand the lectures nor write good answers in the exams. The colleges also want students to know English well so that they can teach efficiently and obtain good results. Thus it is better for the test takers, as well as you, to test how well you understand English. The GRE does this job of scanning students for their language proficiency. The test contains a wide variety of questions which test your language skills in a comprehensive manner.

The verbal section measures your ability to analyze information and interpret it. It tests whether you can analyze relationships between different components of sentences and different words. The verbal section of the test contains direct questions on vocabulary, but in the analytical writing sections also your vocabulary is put to test.

The verbal section of the test contains four types of direct questions. You will be tested for antonyms, analogies, sentence completion and reading comprehension.

Antonyms measure your vocabulary for words opposite in meaning of the given word. Each word is followed by five opposite words, mostly similar in meaning. You have to choose the most appropriate word. It is to judge how well you can arrive at the antonym using your reasoning skills.

Analogies represent parallel relationships between words. Two words which are connected in some way or the other are given. This is followed by five pairs of words which are also connected. You have to recognize the basis on which the two given words are connected and choose the most similar pair from among the five options. These questions test how you can identify relations among words and concepts.

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