How to Improve a GRE Vocabulary Score

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To improve GRE test vocabulary scores, read lots of books, look up unfamiliar words, do crossword puzzles regularly, and take practice GRE tests. Make flash cards of vocabulary words for the GRE with advice from a writing instructor in this free video on vocabulary.

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Hi, I'm Laura from and I'm going to talk about how to improve a GRE vocabulary score. Vocabulary is something that you can build in so many ways, and reading...reading a lot of books at a high level can be a really easy way to constantly be building your vocabulary. Keep a notebook where you can write down new words and look them up later. You also can make an effort to do crossword puzzles on a regular basis. This is really a fun way to stretch your vocabulary, because there are a lot of words used in crossword puzzles that may be new to you, and are usually at a higher level. Sort of geared towards people who love words. I really recommend taking some GRE example tests. Take the sample test and see where you stand on the vocabulary section. See how you do. This is also a good practice for you doing the GRE, and so, becoming more comfortable with the format will help you to improve your score overall. And the more example GRE tests that you do, the more words you'll be exposed to, and it'll help you to kind of gear yourself towards the words that you're going to be seeing on the test, although these might not be the same words. This will help you prepare. So find some books that you can read at a higher level, and be reading as often as you can. Newspapers and magazines as well as books. Use crossword puzzles or other word puzzles to help build your vocabulary. Look up unfamiliar words, and make flash cards that you can, then, use to reinforce the meanings of these words. And, last of all, take example GRE tests to help you build your skill with the test. So those are some ideas about how to improve a vocabulary score on the GRE.


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