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How to Study GRE Vocabulary - 9 Helpful Tips

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on May 31, 2023 10:00:00 AM CDT

If you’re studying for the GRE, then you’re probably already aware that vocabulary is a big component of the test. The GRE—or Graduate Record Examination—contains many questions that test your knowledge of academic English. Unfortunately, there’s no way to gain a comprehensive knowledge of every possible word you might encounter on test day. The English language is simply too vast. Even studying official past tests will only help you insofar as it teaches you the kind of words you’re likely to encounter on the test. The actual vocab words you’ll encounter on test day are unlikely to include many repeats from past tests.

But all that doesn’t mean there’s no way to prep for the vocabulary on the GRE. It just means you’re going to have to more strategic in the ways you study. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of helpful study tips, so you can make the most of your GRE prep.

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GRE/GMAT Study Planning Fundamentals: Choosing a GRE Preparation Method

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on December 17, 2018 11:48:00 AM CST

This is the first in a multipart series on how to go about studying for the GRE or GMAT. We don’t plan on going into detail on specific concepts covered on the GRE or specific test-taking strategies in this series. Instead, the intention is to cover higher level, foundational issues around preparing for these exams, such as what type of support to get, what materials to use, what mindset to cultivate, etc. This article is being posted on our GRE blog, but we’ll switch from GRE to GMAT over time, as the concepts are broadly applicable to both exams.

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How to Leverage Psychology and the Science of Skill Acquisition to Improve Your GRE Score

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on June 28, 2018 12:31:00 PM CDT

There is certainly a lot of content you must master to earn a high score on the GRE. Your mathematics, verbal reasoning, reading comprehension, and writing skills will be tested and obviously are key to earning a 90thpercentile GRE score (or better).

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Of Course It's Flawed: The Argument Essay

Posted by Steve Markofsky on November 10, 2017 10:28:41 AM CST

One of the key differences between the college entrance exams (SAT, ACT) and the graduate level exams (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, etc) is that by the time you’re ready to apply to graduate school, colleges and universities expect you to have developed a deep ability to reason critically and to think logically.  After all, one of the fundamental skills in graduate school is learning how to tear apart not only everyone else’s work, but also—and perhaps especially--your own.  To do well in most master’s or doctoral programs, you’ll need to critically evaluate, identify inconsistencies and flaws, and identify limitations.  And that’s why, even though it may seem like just a simple yet annoying exercise, the GRE Argument Essay is so important. Read More

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GRE Verbal Strategy Review: Text Completion

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on March 17, 2016 11:13:41 AM CDT


Of all the different questions that students work on as they prep for the GRE Verbal, none seem to routinely cause as much trepidation as the Text Completion. If you’ve taught the GRE as much as I have, then you know the particular sigh of fear and pre-emptive defeat that students give when they turn to page to see a sentence riddled with long underscores.

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