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on May 21, 2012
I recently took the revised GRE and scored in the 85th percentile on the verbal section (much to my surprise I might add). I used both the Manhattans 500 Essential Words Flash Cards 500 Essential Words: GRE Vocabulary Flash Cards as well as the Manhattan 500 Advanced Words Flash Cards 500 Advanced Words: GRE Vocabulary Flash Cards. After making it through both of these sets of flash cards, I felt like I had a fairly good vocabulary for the GRE and did see many of these words on the test. [By the way, if these cards are out of stock on Amazon, just call Manhattan and buy them over the phone, that's what I had to do. I don't know why they have issues stocking these on Amazon]

With this noted, if you do have additional time after finishing these two sets of flash cards, I **HIGHLY RECOMMEND** that you learn the 300 or so most common root words for the GRE as well. Root words are very helpful in deciphering words that you don't know that will come up on the GRE. I found Barron's Essential Words for the GRE book Essential Words for the GRE (Barron's GRE) to be a good source for this, although I'm sure you can find these same root words in the Kaplan or related books as well. And while 300 root words seems like a lot of words to learn, you will probably know some/many of these words already, so fear not! There doesn't seem to be a good set of root word flash cards out there, so I ended up making my own, which was fine. One last note about learning root words: they will also help to strengthen and reinforce the vocab words you already know or are learning from both sets of the Manhattan cards. Learn your root words!

If you need help with reading comprehension and verbal practice problems, I used several different books. Here is my preferred list of books, in order:

Kaplan New GRE Verbal Workbook
New GRE Verbal Workbook (Kaplan GRE)
While I usually don't like Kaplan as a company (and I have not used any of their other books), I *would* highly recommend using their verbal workbook as there seems to be a good amount of practice problems and they seem similar to what you might see on the GRE.

Secondly, I did use the Barron's GRE Verbal Workbook Barron's GRE Verbal Workbook and while I found it useful for it's large amount of practice problems, I found some of the vocab words used as answers were less common that what I saw either on the GRE or on other practice problems and practice tests. With this noted, I still recommend using this book.

Finally, I did use Manhattan's Reading Comprehension and Essay GRE Strategy Book as well. Reading Comprehension & Essays GRE Strategy Guide, 3rd Edition (Manhattan Prep Strategy Guides). The best thing I got from this book is learning how to take brief notes while reading over the reading passages on the GRE. Taking notes helps to reinforce what you are reading, a technique not talked about very often by other books. The practice problems in this book are decent, but nothing above that. I do wish they could have put more practice problems in this book (like the Kaplan Verbal Workbook), but there is still useful content here. If you are struggling with the analytical writing section, there are some good tips on this section as well.

One final note about both practicing your verbal, but also your math/quantitative: do as many practice tests as you can!!! When you purchase a book (any book I believe) from Manhattan, you get an access code to 6 full length online practice tests. I found these practice tests VERY VERY USEFUL for getting comfortable with the GRE format but also applying all of the verbal and math skills I was practicing. Most of the questions are very similar in difficulty to what you will see and you can review your questions as well. By the way, always review problems you get wrong, this is really important! For Kaplan, you have to purchase the Kaplan Premiere GRE review book to get the disc with access to 10 verbal practice tests and 10 quantitative practice tests. Like the Manhattan, I found these practice tests VERY VERY useful. Do yourself a favor, and get access to both the Manhattan and the Kaplan practice tests It will help immensely!
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on November 16, 2015
These are by far the best way for me to learn new vocabulary. I looked at all kinds of different GRE vocab media, including flash card and activity apps, website vocab learning quizzes, and different books which took an incredible variety of approaches, including dictionary-like, thesaurus-like, grouping words by category, and activities getting you to absorb the meaning from context clues. In the end, I got this and the 500 Advanced Words sets because they had everything the books had in an easy-to-sort format. The first thing I did was start yanking out chunks of cards and separating them into three categories: Known, Review, and Study. The Known pile includes cards I don't have to look at again, but serve as a reminder of how much I already know! The Review pile includes cards that had a definition or partial definition I wasn't familiar with, but, for the most part, I knew the word. The Study pile was the scary pile of words I didn't know.

Once I got over my fear of the size of the Study pile, I started pulling them out of the pile in groups, reviewing them from the front and the back, and taking advantage of their reminders, helpful hints, synonyms, and root words (all listed conveniently on the back). When I hit a rut in my focus, I began turning the cards into crossword puzzles using online crossword puzzle generators. And once I started being able to see my progress, which the cards make uniquely possible (i.e., my new fourth pile, "Learned" was getting bigger and bigger and eventually was bigger than the "Study" pile), I felt even more encouraged to tackle more of them.

Someone told me before I started that you can't really learn vocabulary for the GRE. You either know it or you don't. Yeah, I'm here to tell you that's 100% incorrect. I can't believe how many new words I've learned! And I've got these cards to thank for it. I definitely recommend making the piles I talked about if you tend to get discouraged or's a constant visual reminder of exactly where you are and how far you've come. (It does take a while to separate them, but it's worth it.)

In short, I highly recommend getting these and the 500 Advanced Words sets in printed (vs. digital) format so that you can sort them. The cards are high quality with great example sentences, comparisons, synonyms, roots, and even silly hints that can help you remember complicated words. Separate out the words you know (go you!), then learn the ones you don't!

Study on! We can do it!
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on June 19, 2016
Both the content of flashcards and the physical quality are great. The cards come in a durable box along with a small metal ring so you can bind some cards together (each of the cards has a small hole punch in the lower left corner).
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on July 20, 2017
As everyone has already stated these cards are great for studying (vocabulary, content-wise). The quality seems very durable, however, the ring is very small and does not fit as many cards as I would hope. Also it seems like the hole-punch area of the card will rip overtime if you use the ring too much.

A MAJOR complaint is the fact that cards #1-50 were duplicated! (Someone else mentioned this issue!) So you are not really getting 500 cards, more like 450. #1-50 are A-letter words. Then there is another set of these cards labeled #1-50 again. Then it jumps to #101 for C-letter words. There are NO B-letter cards which is honestly annoying. Luckily the cards are supposed to be correctly numbered so I noticed this immediately. If this is the case contact for a refund and get a new deck because it does not seem to be something everyone is complaining about.... just the lucky few.
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on November 26, 2017
These flashcards were essential for my GRE vocab prep. You could probably find similar vocabulary lists online, but I appreciated having sturdy, physical flash cards that I could bring around with ease. The example sentences in the flashcards also helped me remember all the terms. I think if you learned all the flash cards in the set, you could probably score around 90 percentile (given you did well on the other verbal questions as well). I would only recommend getting advanced flashcards (which I did not do) once you are very comfortable with this set and other types of verbal questions.

I took the GRE in late 2016, so I'm not sure if things have changed since then.
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on January 11, 2017
Purchased both this set and the 500 Advanced Words: GRE Vocabulary Flash Cards (Manhattan Prep GRE Strategy Guides) prior to my GRE. I'm an an English major, and I didn't find this set of flash cards particularly helpful, as the majority of the words are ones with which I was already familiar. I imagine these will be helpful if you're in a major that's not particularly vocab-heavy and/or you don't spend lots of time reading literature. If you've spent a significant amount of time studying English language/literature and already have a solid vocabulary, I would focus more on the advanced set. I spent most of my time studying the advanced words and scored in the 98th percentile on the Verbal section.
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on February 25, 2018
Great flash cards with excellent definitions and example sentences. I wish I would have purchased these sooner! I bought both the essential and advanced packs; they are definitely a great help for the GRE. If I had to pick just one, I'd pick the advanced pack, since I knew about half of the words in the essential pack. But the essential pack was still very useful for those 250 other words I did not know (or only knew vaguely).
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on November 24, 2017
Good flashcards if you want to learn correct definitions to a lot of words - they give you multiple definitions, how to use it in a sentence, and how to pronounce the words. Will memorizing all of them really help you on the GRE? Probably not. I knew >90% of the cards when I took the GRE and I don't think any of them showed up on the exam (or if they did it was very few). Manhattan prep probably picks random words from the dictionary that are tricky for many people and puts them on flashcards, without having any idea what words are actually on the list used by ETS (the testing company that administers the GRE). If you're taking the GRE don't waste your life trying to memorize the dictionary via these cards.
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on May 26, 2017
I've bought these cards early this week with a hope that it would help my little vocabulary . I was trying to use some other books before however I was unable to absorb words as quickly by books as I am able to do it with these cards. I still have a long way to go. However I would highly recommend these cards .

These cards come in a box with a metal ring so that you could put those cards in the ring . The only suggestion , I would like to give to seller , is to provide at least 5 rings to hold 100 cards each . I am just done with 60 words and that metal ring most likely hold another 40 before it becomes too packed to read .
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on June 20, 2018
These are great words for everyday life, but I've taken the GRE three times and 75% of the words on the GRE are not in this set.
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