Essential Words for the GRE (英語) ペーパーバック – 2016/6/1
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An extensive working vocabulary is a prerequisite for test-taking success on the Graduate Record Exam. This book presents 800 graduate-level words with definitions that frequently appear on the exam. Words are used in different contexts to familiarize test takers with their many variations. The book’s additional features include a pre-test that helps to diagnose weaknesses, a lengthy word list with extensive practice exercises, and a chapter that discusses and analyzes essential word roots. The book concludes with a post-test to assess progress. Answers are provided for all exercises and for all questions in the pre- and post-test.
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This book is also useful for straight-forward vocab accruement -- like Instant Word Power by Norman Lewis and others, but not as charming.
Includes GRE type pre-test and post-test with all answer keys.
A great GRE vocabulary study starter!
I personally liked Barron's Essential Words for the TOEFL, so I ordered this just to find out that this book is not for 2011 GRE. My fault.
Anyway, I'm hoping that Barron will release the next edition of this book for NEW GRE. :)
This book helped me prepare for the GRE and expand on my academic/professional vocabulary. Words in this book, especially the ones marked with an asterisk (*) appeared on practice tests and my real GRE. These works have also been helpful in my graduate school work and professional career. I still keep this book in my office and reference it regularly. However, the book is only effective if you have enough time to move through the lessons methodically. It was very helpful to make a concerted effort to think in and use the words. Otherwise, I found that I quickly forgot them. The author makes a good effort at grouping words that have related meanings or etymology in the same sentence. For example, asperity and aspersion are in the same lesson. These words have similar meanings, but are different parts of speech. Grouping them helped reinforce the etymology and prevent confusing them.
Due to the time it took to move through sections, if you have fewer than three months or so to prepare this book might not be the best use of your time. In this case something more direct, such as Barron's GRE, 21st Edition would probably be more worthwhile. Otherwise I recommend it to GRE test takers or any graduate students.
I would go through a chapter and make an index card for each word that I did not recognize. I used colored index cards (green for positive words, red for negative, etc.) and on the back I divided it into four squares (short definition, synonyms, antonyms, and an illustration of the word...it sounds crazy but it worked!). The end of each chapter included several exercises for the new terms (matching, true/false, and filling in the blanks). I found this extremely helpful; it was engaging and stimulating, which is important when you are studying mundane vocabulary terms. I completed the entire book and managed to memorize the unfamiliar words. I believe that my success on the verbal section of the GREs (I managed to get a 162!) are due, in part, to the activities and words found in this book.
As a poor college student, the price of this book was AWESOME. That along with the fact that it was super helpful makes it a great purchase!