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So I have both the Kaplan and Manhattan flashcards, which overlap about 80% of the time. And to be honest I found I knew the majority of them already...however, when I go take practice tests I encounter all these insane words I have never even SEEN. Anyone have advice on where to find flashcards that are more difficult?? 

 

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Manhattan's has 2 levels of 500 word flashcards.  The "advanced set" is pretty difficult.

 

You can view a demo here:

 

http://www.manhattanprep.com/gre/gre-flashcards.cfm

 

Click on "advanced" and see if that's what you're looking for.  Be sure you know the definition well before flipping the flashcard, some words that they teach (and I saw a couple like this on my actual GRE) have unusual definitions (often a different part of speech) that aren't the same as their mainstream definition.

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Also, you may be surprised by the vocab that appears on the real GRE. While I understand that you want some solid practice, when I took the revised test in November 2012, it didn't throw out any frustratingly esoteric words (as opposed to the version of the test that I took in July 2011). I hope the same holds true for you!

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Well, I got a 168 on verbal knowing the equivalent of Mannatan's difficult flash cards (I also had several other brands for a total of a few thousand words, but Manhattan's advanced was the toughest set).  If you can ace the equivalent of Manhattan's advanced flash cards then vocab isn't going to be your weakpoint on the GRE and I would recommend you focus instead on reading comprehension, quantitative, time management, etc.  To echo Midnight's sentiment, I only came across one word on the entire GRE that I didn't know, and I was able to use other cues to figure out that it wasn't the right answer to the question...

 

What is your target score for the verbal section?

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Well, I got a 168 on verbal knowing the equivalent of Mannatan's difficult flash cards (I also had several other brands for a total of a few thousand words, but Manhattan's advanced was the toughest set).  If you can ace the equivalent of Manhattan's advanced flash cards then vocab isn't going to be your weakpoint on the GRE and I would recommend you focus instead on reading comprehension, quantitative, time management, etc.  To echo Midnight's sentiment, I only came across one word on the entire GRE that I didn't know, and I was able to use other cues to figure out that it wasn't the right answer to the question...

 

What is your target score for the verbal section?

 

Right, out of all of the non-reading comprehension questions, I only missed one, and I don't think it was due to a vocabulary issue.

 

If Manhattan's difficult words aren't difficult for you, you're fine! Really.  :) And you'll easily be able to use process of elimination and deductive reasoning if you run across something strange.

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