Who else wants to know what is the best book for GRE Vocabulary?

Book Review – Barrons Essential Words for the GRE. Admit It. Memorizing GRE Words for Verbal section is real pain.Thank Goodness Revised GRE is not giving emphasis on GRE Verbal words (unlike old GRE format).

There are several test prep books published to tackle  GRE Vocabulary and verbal section. Let’s look at list of books and find the best book for GRE vocabulary.

Your GRE Verbal score completely depends on vocabulary skills. You might get away with score above 500 if you improve vocabulary just for GRE. If you, think improving GRE Verbal score is impossible, then think again. I have a shortcut for you to concentrate on few words that matter.

Best Book for GRE Vocabulary

List of Books for GRE Vocabulary

 GRE Verbal Strategy

If you have completely ruled out the option to memorize all 50 word lists from Barron’s GRE, you still have few options to improve GRE Vocabulary. All you have to do is concentrate on few words (high impact) words.

Those GRE words you want to memorize can be divided into

  • Very High Frequency GRE Words
  • High Probability Verbal Words

Now, instead of memorizing 3500 to 4000 words, you can improve your chances by focusing your energy and effort to just learn those high frequency and high probability words.

High Frequency and Probability GRE Words

Now, you are left with the task of finding those words. It’s very simple to find those words, provided you know where to find them and have large amount of time to collect those words. You can collect those words from

  1. GRE PowerPrep Software
  2. GRE Big Book
  3. Official GRE Preparation Guide

But, how do you know which words belong to high frequency and high probability works?

Barrons Essential Words for the GRE

That’s where Barron’s Essential Words for GRE comes into picture.

I have a copy of that book with me and you can either wait to read the complete review of the book or go ahead the buy the book right away.

I strongly recommend Essential Words for GRE, if you are struggling to improve your GRE Vocabulary.


  1. Shampa Thakur on June 23, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Reading is good “Passive” way of improving vocabulary, but when you are resorting to making lists, that is “Active” method. Problem with active method of learning words is that it is cumbersome and boring, and you doing retain and unless you use it in writing sentences to apply the word, very little chance is that you increase your lexical size.
    Improve Your Vocabulary – VocabMonk is an active learning tool which is personalized and makes sure you grasp the learnt words by applying it. It is lot of fun too as you can play vocab challenges with your friends.
    Give it a shot!

  2. milad on July 23, 2012 at 5:29 AM

    Thank U very Very much for your kind guidelines.

    I highly needed such article about GRE Vocab preparation .

    God Bless U !

  3. Tushar Kulkarni on July 17, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    I intend to pursue Phd in Mechanical from US/CANADIAN University. What prerequisites (ie TOEFL/ IELTS/GRE ) would be required for VI. Please suggest !

  4. Sri on July 15, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    also remember Work on vocabulary is never a waste of time. It pays dividends in terms of your final GRE score.

  5. anurag on May 22, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    i will be writing gre on june 22nd. can u give me the best tip how to recollect the barrons wordlists n quant sections?

  6. sanatan on October 11, 2010 at 4:02 AM

    Hello sir,

    I will be writing GRE on 15 th Novmber.The preperation for the test has already begun.

    I have taken a couple of tests on powerprep , and done some analysis on that. I have found out that i score less in the analogy and the reading comprehension type questions. Well, can you suggest me some sites on the net that will improve my reading skills? I am not asking for anything GRE specific , just anything which has good english(hard to read). For example it could be a editorial section on a News site.

    Thanks and Regards


    • Rushika on July 15, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      Hindu editorials.

    • SYED HASSON on July 16, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      I hope it could be helpful for reading comprehensions. I have not gone through it but found yesterday night when browsing for online gre preparation and practice tests.

      Also see majortests.com where u can practice free online tests

  7. YSF on September 20, 2010 at 2:36 AM


    daer, thanks for valuable info, have you any experience, that memorizing only this list, we can have score in verbal more than 500.

  8. ankit raval on September 17, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    Now a days I m trying to memorize Barron's. Lets where do I finish…..

  9. Milad on September 17, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Whereas, I don't have enough time for studying 3500 words of Barron's, I am studying 800 Essential Words For The GRE (Barron's) these days. I will take my exam on 23 Oct (Paper) so after taking my exam I will inform you guys that how much it will be helpful for you. However, some of my friends have suggested me that I should just concentrate on it!

    • Reza on December 7, 2011 at 4:15 PM

      dear Milad, just like you I am preparing for GRE. Althogh i have one year ahead of me and i’m currently done reading the book barron’s 1100 words, How much time you suggest it will take to read the 3500 one?

  10. gt on September 17, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    One simple method which helped me(Though must admit didn't have a smashing score in verbal)

    1. Start with Baron's high frequency words

    2. Then move to Kaplan's 500 words

    3. Start taking practice test – and build the words as u encounter them

    4. Go back to Baron's 3500 word list and check how many you already know.. I can bet you will be surprised at the results.

    Must admit this is not a very scientific method .. but it worked for me.

    Best of Luck!

  11. lara on September 17, 2010 at 5:58 AM

    i think Essential Words for GRE will be so helpful to me as i'm planing to apply for counselor education masters

  12. SJ on September 17, 2010 at 5:13 AM

    to memorize GRE 3,500 words, there are plenty of software programs available…for FREE! It would be much better practice, however, to write the sentence of your own using those words and keep practicing it over and over!

    • HSB on September 17, 2010 at 6:09 AM

      Not everyone has capacity to memorize 3500 words. I have seen that first hand.

      • rana on December 18, 2011 at 12:07 PM

        some people discourge other….
        every person learn easily

        • bo on June 5, 2012 at 2:19 PM

          I am a Korean national. When I was a senior in high school in Korea, I memorized 4000 words for my SAT test in 3 months. English is not my first language obviously.
          If I was able to do it when I was 18 despite the fact that I was educated and brought up in Korean in S. Korea, You can do it. Don’t give up! Don’t let yourself discouraged!

    • dzarnett on October 7, 2012 at 11:15 PM

      Hi SJ, pls can u send me any link to where i can get study packs FREE? Thanks. I need it like asap.

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