GRE WordList continued
GRE Words By Alphabets
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In the questions related with analogies you shall be given two words, related in a certain way. You have to choose a pair of words from five given options which have a similar relationship between them. Here you have to know the meanings of the given six words. On the basis of the relationship between the two words in the question, you have to pick the answer. The here your reasoning skills are tested. In order to understand how words are related you have to be analytical. The answer options will seem similar and confusing. Hence it is important to concentrate in order to find the correct answer.
In the third type of question you shall have to complete sentences. You shall be given a sentence with two blanks. You have to fill in the correct words from the five options given, each having two words. The answer should be such that it gives meaning to the sentence and also the sentence is grammatically correct. Since you have to fill in two blanks you have to choose an option which is suited for both the blanks. Here your understanding and logic is tested. If the sentence is grammatically correct but it does not make a meaningful and logical sentence then your answer shall be wrong.
In the questions related with reading comprehension a passage shall be given. The passage will be related to any topic in general. It could be from humanities, social sciences, natural sciences or anything else. The passage will be followed by some 5-6 questions based on the passage. The questions can be direct or indirect. You will have to go through the passage carefully and read between the lines to understand the mindset of the author. These questions measure your ability to comprehend written material and interpret what the author intends to say. For this type of questions you shall require good reading and comprehension skills. You have to have enough practice to be able to answer the questions well. Some of the questions here can be related with vocabulary, directly or indirectly. You could be asked to find the antonym or synonym of a given word.
Preparing for vocabulary is very important to attempt this section. The best method is to prepare a word list for this purpose. Depending on the amount of time you have at hand you should prepare a list of difficult words. This list you can either prepare on your own or download from websites. Some websites give good wordlists especially for the purpose of GRE. If you have a lot of time for preparation you can prepare a wordlist on your own. Keep track of the words being used around you by going through the newspapers, magazines and books around you. Look for the words which you find difficult and write them down. Write down the meaning, synonyms and the antonyms of the words. This way you will have a wordlist of your own which you can refer to and learn from. The benefit of making a wordlist of your own is that it is of your own level. It you have a good vocabulary you shall have a short list and vice versa. The benefit this list would have over other lists available on the websites is that those lists shall have words for use of people of a higher and a lower level than you. Hence it will have a lot of words which either you already know or are too difficult for you to remember. Thus it will be cumbersome for you to learn from such a list. Moreover these readymade lists do not have details about the antonyms of the words, nor do they have examples for explaining the meaning clearly to you. Also it is likely that the words in the list are too unfamiliar and difficult or the words could be the ones seldom used. You do not need to go through such words. The ones which appear in the test will be those used around you, though they will be difficult.
But if you do not have much time for preparation it is best to pick up any good wordlist of the test and start learning the meanings. The benefit of such lists is that most of them are prepared on the basis of previous test papers. Hence they contain words which have a high likelihood of appearing in the paper. Also since the lists are readymade you do not waste time in hunting for words from other sources and preparing a list of your own. So it is up to you to decide what suits you better. Mostly people prepare from such wordlists of the test as it gives them a sense of security. They feel more confident if they prepare from a source which is recommended by others and it saves their time also.
What ever be the source, the method of learning is very important. It is ideal to learn a few words everyday. Learn them early in the morning and keep referring to the meanings all through the day. This way the meanings will be fixed in your memory. Do not learn too many words which you can not retain. Learn as many as you can remember by the time the exam is due. But it is useless to just learn by rote without understanding how the word is used. Pay attention to whether the word is a noun, a pronoun, a verb or an adjective. For better retention it is also important to refer to the words which you have learnt time and again. After a few days, revise all the words that you have learnt collectively. You could also ask someone to dodge you.
It is very important to make time to prepare for the words asked in the test. You can not afford to ignore this part of the paper as it carries a lot of weightage and your final score will depend on it to a great extent. Hence you must prepare specifically for handling this section of the test.
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