5 Ways to Improve Vocabulary for GMAT

Having a good vocabulary is an essential aspect of preparing for the GMAT, as it helps you score well in the Verbal Section as well as the Analytical Writing Assessment. You can enhance your vocabulary by learning new words, and by using them in your day-to-day conversations. This can be done by devoting as little as 15 minutes every day to the exercise.   Not only will you improve your vocabulary, you will also see an improvement in your communication skills as a whole. Moreover, learning new words doesn’t need you to sit with a whole set of words and a dictionary! In this post, we have listed a simple series of steps you can follow to build your vocabulary:


  1. Be a voracious reader: You should instill the practice of reading regularly, and make reading a habit. Read fiction, non-fiction, online magazines, blogs, newspapers, novels, articles– whatever interests you. When you read, you are bound to come across new words used in a particular context. This will familiarise you with the word’s meaning as well as usage.

  2. Make the dictionary and the thesaurus your best friend: We would strongly recommend you to use a dictionary whenever you come across an unfamiliar word. As soon as you find it, try it locate it in the dictionary. Read more about what part of speech it belongs to, and it’s usage in a sentence.

  3. Practice what you have learned: Try using the new words you learn in your day-to-day conversations, be it written or verbal communication. This will allow you to become more comfortable with the usage of these words, and will help enhance your understanding of the meaning of the words you learn as well as the context in which they are used.

  4. Write down a sentence: Once you become familiar with the word, try to use it in a sentence. Try to use it in a variety of sentence forms to ensure you know how it differs in different forms. This will help you in memorizing new words in their various forms.

Study and review regularly: Building a vocabulary is all about revising and practicing the words regularly until you get a complete hold on them. Spare at least 15 minutes of your time every day for enhancing your vocabulary. You can also practice during breaks from more intensive activities, and through games like crosswords, Scrabble, and the like.