Top 30 Words to Ace the GRE


Are you preparing for the GRE? Here is a concise list of important GRE words to help you learn the GRE vocabulary in a short time. If you are a student running short on time for your vocabulary preparation then here is list to help you learn the vocabulary in a short time. Learning these words will help you score well on the vocabulary section. If you are not very good at learning vocabulary and are taking the GRE soon, then you must have this list to ace the test. If you are not sure about your vocabulary, and like several thousands of international students who are a bit concerned about the verbal section, you should start off with this list.

It is often challenging to learn GRE words, especially when you don’t have much time to prepare. Mastering more than 1000 GRE words in a week or two is not that easy. However, you can easily get a hold of the most common words reported to have frequented the most in the GRE. Targeting the most common word is the best way to prepare for the test, understanding their meanings and usage, and learning to use them well. 

Here are the top 30 common GRE words that you must be familiar with:

  1.   Arduous (adj.) – difficult to accomplish, hard to endure
  2.   Anachronism (noun) – error in time placement
  3.   Alacrity (noun) – lively and cheerful readiness
  4.   Bolster (v.) – support or strengthen
  5.   Capricious (adj.) – unpredictable, whimsical word-List
  6.   Corroborate (v.) – to confirm, make stronger
  7.   Didactic (adj.) – intended to teach, educational
  8.   Ephemeral (adj.) – momentary, passing
  9.   Extant (adj.) – in existence; surviving
  10.   Fastidious (adj.) – nitpicky, very particular about accuracy
  11.   Garrulous (adj.) – excessively talkative
  12.   Hackneyed (adj.) – unoriginal and trite
  13.   Insipid (adj.) – lacking taste or flavor
  14.   Impetuous (adj.) – acting or done quickly and without thought or care
  15.   Lionize (verb) – treat someone as a celebrity
  16.   Magnanimous (adj.) – big-hearted; generous
  17.   Ostentation (adj.) – pretentious and vulgar display intended to impress, show off
  18.   Pragmatic (adj.) – concerned with practical matters
  19.   Prolific (adj.) – producing or creating abundantly
  20.   Prosaic (adj.) – not challenging; dull and lacking excitement
  21.   Prudent (adj.) – acting with or showing care and thought
  22.   Reticent (adj.) – secretive, quiet
  23.   Soporific (adj.) – inducing sleep
  24.   Tumultuous (adj.) – confused or disorderly
  25.   Trivial (adj.) – of little value or importance
  26.   Trite (adj.) silly, commonplace learning
  27.   Venerate (v.) – regard with great respect
  28.   Vacillate (verb) – go back and forth, be indecisive
  29.   Waver – to oscillate, to fluctuate
  30.   Zeal – passionate, enthusiastic

They were the most common words that you must be familiar with before taking the GRE. If you really want to make the most of them, you can save them in your laptop or take a print out to put it on your wall where you can see it easily. Doing that will help you be in contact with the words all the while. 


We created this list with a lot of care and effort to help students preparing for the GRE. We really hope this serves as a reference point to you. Also, we want you to remember that the GRE doesn’t rely on any word lists. The words can come from anywhere. So be prepared! Start reading novels, books, magazines whatever you can to learn new words.
Good Luck!

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  1. I have indeed seen most of these words in GRE mock tests. Can you please suggest me some sources for more of such useful terminologies for the GRE Verbal, especially reading comprehensions.

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