An Easy Way to Learn GRE Test Words – Learn Them through Roots

Word RootsStarting this week, we are introducing a new feature that will help all you students who are struggling to prepare for the GRE test – posts that will help you learn the GRE test words using roots. Though the technical meaning of ‘roots’ is a little different, here it is useful to think of them as the original Latin and Greek words that the English words came from.

Learning words through their roots is useful in two ways – firstly, knowing the root and meaning of a word can help you understand why the word means what it means. Secondly, since there are often many words which come from the same Greek or Latin root, this helps you to learn several words at one time. It becomes easier because, as you will seen in today’s post, words from the same root look similar and also share a common set of meanings. The two lists below, which cover 32 words totally, will illustrate how this is so.

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Applications: What Graduate Admissions’ Officers Have to Say

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Here’s what some grad school admission officers have to say about these common questions relating to applications.

Q: What do you feel about receiving emails from “prospects”?

Ans: I’d rather only hear from you if you have something to tell me that will increase your file quality.


Q: Do you look at applicant’s Facebook / MySpace accounts?

Ans: No, I don’t care


Q: What do you look for in an applicant?

Ans: The main things in order of priority are:

– Grades

– Interest and exposure to subjects the student wants to take

– Test Scores.


Q: Do extracurricular activities count?

Ans: Not so much as academics. If you’ve done something really great, that counts.


Q: What is the average time spent per application?

Ans: 5-20 mins, including personal essays


Q: Does applying early help?

Ans: Yes, it increases your chances by at least 10%