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Learn GRE Vocabulary with HBO’s Game of Thrones

November 21, 2014 by

Fun with GRE vocabulary

While the GRE isn’t just a vocabulary test, it can certainly be difficult (Augean, daunting, toilsome) to do well on the GRE verbal section without having a broad (abundant, expansive, profuse) vocabulary base on which to draw.

One GRE prep method we at Kaplan have hailed time and time (and time) again for vocab-building is learning word groups. This involves grouping similar words together and associating those words within the context of something or someone similarly evocative (reminiscent, emblematic).

For example, you may easily remember words like choleric, irate, and incensed when you associate them with your mom’s reddened face the first time you were caught sneaking into your bedroom window past curfew as a teenager.

Here’s one way to go about generating some inspiration for your GRE vocabulary prep: pick a favorite movie or television show and get to synonymizing. That’s what I … Read full post

GRE Vocabulary with Sherlock Holmes

November 11, 2014 by

A while back, I wrote excitedly about the filming of Season 3 of BBC’s Sherlock. Now here we are, Season 3 behind us and waiting again to see our favorite hero and villain return to the small screen. It’s difficult, isn’t it?

So again, I’ve retreated to the comfort of the canon, those original Sherlock stories from Arthur Conan Doyle, to get me through these dark days without new Sherlock episodes. These stories are delightful and eminently readable – surprising, considering that they were written and published from the late 1800′s to the early 1900′s.

Most recently, I read THE ADVENTURE OF CHARLES AUGUSTUS MILVERTON, specifically to see how closely it resembled the final episode of Sherlock’s Season 3. (Nonspoiler: not very closely, actually!) You can read it for free online, and I recommend that you do – not only because it’s a fun story, and because you … Read full post

Free GRE Vocabulary Comic

October 27, 2014 by

Learning GRE vocabulary can be more amusing than a circus clown with a whale balloon. We bet you’ll never forget the meaning of the GRE vocab word DISPARATE when you conjure the image of Bozo and John and the different career paths they have chosen!

Strong vocabulary skills are will help you earn a high score on the GRE, and we often hear the question, “How can I increase my GRE vocabulary before Test Day?” The GRE Verbal Reasoning section tests your vocab in a few different ways. To master the verbal section on the GRE, you must start building your vocabulary as soon as possible. Flash cards, mnemonics, and other helpful strategies will ensure that you go into GRE Test Day with a strong vocabulary, ready to tackle the verbal section of the exam.

What jokes, tricks, and images do you use to remember your GRE vocabulary? Share your … Read full post

4 Ways to Increase Your GRE Vocabulary

August 28, 2014 by

Strong vocabulary skills are necessary to earn a high score on the GRE, so we often hear the question, “How can I increase my GRE vocabulary before Test Day?” The GRE Verbal Reasoning section tests your vocab in a few different ways. To master Sentence Equivalence and Text Completion questions, you should start building your vocabulary now.

Build your vocabulary before GRE Test Day: Download our free app!

To get started on becoming a wordmaster, check out our GRE Vocabulary Flashcards. Download the limited 50-card version of the app on Android or iPhone for free. If you are a Kaplan student, you can use your account login to access the full 500-card version (exclusive for Kaplan’s GRE course students and registered purchasers of Kaplan’s GRE Flashcards + App set).

These cards will help raise your score by improving your vocabulary, and you can practice with them anytime, … Read full post

Tim Gunn-ing Down Hard GRE Vocabulary

April 25, 2014 by

It’s a workaday fracas in my house: once my husband comes home, the denigration of my television choices begins. He seems to believe that reality shows about fashion are jejune.

He is, of course, wrong… at least about Project Runway. If you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out on the lexical gems of Tim Gunn, who advises the designers. In his book, Gunn asserted that “Few activities are as delightful as learning new vocabulary.” It wasn’t until I began prepping for the GRE that I could appreciate that sentiment. Previously, I had ignored “big words” and even scoffed at their use. How could someone deign to say something I didn’t understand?

Now that I appreciate their nuances, I find “big words” (I use quotes because GRE words, while often abstruse, aren’t always long) to be really fun. And so, demonstrably, does Tim Gunn. As the Project Runway contestants toil under … Read full post

Learn GRE Vocabulary: Movie Night Inspiration

February 20, 2014 by

In the 1989 movie Say Anything, John Cusack plays an eccentric teenager who is pursuing a brilliant and beautiful classmate named Diane Court.  In one scene, Cusack’s character, Lloyd Dobler, waits for Diane to emerge from her bedroom before heading out on a date.  Pacing the hallway, he notices a dictionary resting on a table.  Curious, he begins flipping through the book and is surprised to see that nearly every page is full of marks, notations, and tiny scribbles.  A look of confusion and then awe falls over his face, and it’s not hard to imagine what he’s thinking – um, did she really go through this entire thing?

Daunting, isn’t it?  I mean, that is certainly one way to learn GRE vocabulary: just hop in a time machine, go back to when you were 16, grab the nearest dictionary, and open it up to the first page.  … Read full post

GRE Vocabulary Tip: Learn Word Groups

February 18, 2014 by

The GRE tests your vocabulary in various ways. To correctly answer Sentence Equivalence and Text Completion questions, you should know something about all of the words in the answer choices. Many of you ask, “How can I increase my GRE vocabulary before Test Day?”

The Kaplan answer to that is simple: 

Think like a thesaurus, not like a dictionary.

Knowing detailed definitions for 100 words is not as useful as knowing approximate synonyms for 200-300. Kaplan offers an inexpensive app for learning vocabulary. Kaplan’s Verbal Workbook has a chapter devoted to vocabulary, and in it are several pages of word groups. For example, grouped under “Difficult to Understand” are 14 related words, including abstruse, cryptic, and enigmatic. If you learn this group you will recognize any of these words on Test Day.

There are different ways to practice learning word groups. I prefer a “reverse flash card” method, and I … Read full post

Easy GRE Vocabulary Strategy: Learn with Comics – Abstemious

January 1, 2014 by

Did you overindulge over the holidays? If so, you’re probably trying to be ABSTEMIOUS now that it’s January 1 – and you can tell everyone that. Instead of saying “I’m on a diet,” describe yourself as ABSTEMIOUS for extra GRE vocab learning credit (and to confuse your friends and family!)

For more context, check out these uses of the word ABSTEMIOUS in classic literature. (Extra Reading Comprehension credit if you click “Go To Page” next to any of the sentences and read more of the text!)

Check out these GRE Vocab Flash Cards to find more words worth knowing for the GRE, and take a look at our previous blog entries on vocab to see comics, videos, and other fun learning tools. As always, you’re welcome to join one of our free GRE practice tests to determine your strengths and opportunities on the test and work toward your best … Read full post

Free GRE Vocabulary Comic: Imbibe

November 26, 2013 by

How’s this for an easy way to remember this GRE vocab word? When your cousin from out of town is telling you about his exciting stamp collection again, or your aunt is asking why you’re still single, you can just tell them, “You people drive me to IMBIBE!”

For more context, check out these uses of the word imbibe in classic literature. (Extra Reading Comp credit if you click “Go To Page” next to any of the sentences and read more of the text!)

Check out these GRE Vocab Flash Cards to find more words worth knowing for the GRE, and take a look at our previous blog entries on vocab to see comics, videos, and other fun learning tools. As always, you’re welcome to join one of our free GRE practice tests to determine your strengths and opportunities on the test and work toward your best possible score … Read full post

Learn GRE Vocabulary the Easy Way: Comic Style

November 23, 2013 by

Here’s a reminder for how to learn your GRE vocab: use it in your daily conversations. Instead of telling someone that you’re optimistic about your GRE score, tell them, “I am sanguine in my expectations for GRE test day success.”

For more context, check out these uses of the word sanguine in classic literature. (Extra Reading Comp credit if you click “Go To Page” next to any of the sentences and read more of the text!)

Check out these GRE Vocab Flash Cards to find more words worth knowing for the GRE, and take a look at our previous blog entries on vocab to see comics, videos, and other fun learning tools. As always, you’re welcome to join one of our free GRE practice tests to determine your strengths and opportunities on the test and work toward your best possible score on GRE Test Day.

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