How to do well in GMAT vocabulary test?

Exam: GMAT Test - Graduate Management Admission Test: Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), Quantitative section, Verbal section

The GMAT exam does not include any section for ‘vocabulary’. However, this exam strategically measures the aptitude of the candidates in the English vocabulary through the Reading passages and Critical Reasoning problems. The candidates need to have a strong foundation of vocabulary to crack the verbal and critical reasoning section with higher marks. To do well in the GMAT vocabulary problems the candidates need to study technically. The following section highlights upon some effective strategies to crack the GMAT vocabulary.

Importance of vocabulary in the GMAT exam

For the GMAT exam the candidates are required to learn some economic as well as business related vocabularies. According to the Economist Magazine, besides the economic as well as business related vocabularies the candidates do not need to memorize vocabulary for the Verbal section of GMAT exam.  The GMAT Verbal section does not measure the vocabulary skill of the candidates through a bulk of difficult words.

The Verbal section of the GMAT exam measures the skills that will be needed in business.  However, in business a person will be required to distinguish between valid versus faulty arguments.  In other words, in business, a person will need to articulate him or her through powerful, unswerving as well as grammatically accurate language. Moreover,   in business, a person will need to study challenging materials to pull out necessary information in order to formulate effective strategies.  Furthermore, in business, a person will not need to know complicated words as well as obscure vocabulary.  The candidates, who love difficult vocabularies, can take the GRE exam and take admission in the academic programs of the graduate school.  However, if any candidate is planning to attain the GMAT and take admission in a business school, then s/he should learn the key verbal skills to crack down the problems under Critical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Sentence Correction sections, etc. Therefore, the GMAT candidates do not need to worry about GMAT vocabulary.

To make a list of GMAT vocabulary

Generally, the candidates are not familiar with the exclusive vocabularies appear in the GMAT exam. Therefore, a candidate should prepare a list including the all GMAT vocabulary and try to memorize those. The list will help the candidate to learn the vocabularies systematically and quickly. Though it might not be easy for a candidate to memorize words at a mature age, s/he must undergo this attempt to overcome the GMAT exam with a higher score.

However, while preparing 'vocabulary' list, it will certainly include a considerable number of vocabularies that a candidate already knows. Therefore, it would be better for the candidates to prepare vocabulary list containing the vocabularies that give much trouble.

To find rich list of vocabularies the candidates can follow the GMAT prep guides and other vocabulary specific books found in libraries, local book stores, etc. Adding to these diverse vocabulary building software and exercises are available in the online as free resources. The candidates can collect these resources to do well in the GMAT vocabulary test.

To work with vocabulary strategically

In the real GMAT exam high-difficulty vocabularies appear in the Reading passages and Reasoning problems. However, in most of the cases, those vocabularies can be worked out through following some strategies.

For instance, the vocabularies that appear in the Reading Comprehension section are accompanied with some other words, which can be titled as ‘keywords’. These keywords can be related to the associated vocabularies as well as other parts of the passage, in order to understand the overall meaning of the passages of the Reading Comprehension.

In the same way, the Critical Reasoning problems usually shift among several concepts described under the evidence and conclusion part. Therefore, if a GMAT candidate can recognize this shift in those vocabularies, then s/he will easily trace out the most relevant answer that relates those two vocabularies, even if the candidate fails to make distinction between them.

However, many candidates complain that they frequently forget vocabularies after memorizing from the list. To combat this difficulty, the candidates should memorize vocabularies with the help of standard dictionaries and lexicons.  The dictionaries include the etymology of each word that obviously help the reader to remember the formation and structure of a word along with it’s meaning

To focus on the ‘Business’ vocabulary

The GMAT exam has been designed for the practical-minded and potential business folks.  Generally, the Business folks are not popular for their superior vocabulary skills.  Business reports usually do not burden with difficult verbal acrobatics.  The potential business folks must know the vocabularies regarding the business as well as economics. However, if a GMAT candidate has no idea about the fundamental Economics 101 concepts for example, about the ‘Principles of Demand & Supply’, then s/he needs to do some study.  Generally, knowing the basic level vocabularies regarding economic as well as business issues will not create massive problems for the lion’s share of the folks who are planning to attain the GMAT exam in recent future.

Some Popular Book for learning GMAT vocabularies

The GMAT Official Guide

The GMAT Official Guide provides the most effective guideline for the GMAT exam preparation. It includes an outline for the GMAT exam along with diagnostic reviews for each section. Moreover, this book offers online question pool comprised of about 900 GMAT questions, compiled from the previous real GMAT exams. This book also provides supplementary practice questions on ‘Integrated Reasoning’. Therefore, this book enriches the vocabulary knowing of the readers.

The Manhattan GMAT Guide Set

After taking overall preparation from the GMAT Official Guide, the candidates need to study every sections of the GMAT exam precisely and to assist this attempt the Manhattan GMAT Guide provides the best and comprehensive guideline. Thisset is comprised of 10 individual books among them, the GMAT Roadmap, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction, Integrated Reasoning Reading, Comprehension, and Essay would enrich the vocabulary of the readers.

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