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  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477650555
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477650554
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Mr. McElroy (Harvard '02) and Mr. Kotchian (Boston College '97) are full-time test-prep tutors for McElroy Tutoring in San Diego, California (www.mcelroytutoring.com). Combined, they have been helping prepare students for the GRE for over 20 years.

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This book was so helpful as I was studying for the GRE.
Andrew
The mnemonics they come up with are really funny and will help you remember words.
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If you don't believe me, just get the book now and see if for yourself.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Georgetown Girl on September 11, 2012
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If you've been studying for the GRE, I'm sure you know that no one book is enough. I personally purchased 15+ study aides from Amazon and I can honestly say that this was the most helpful for strengthening my vocabulary and making the definitions "stick."

The authors are extremely witty and come up with hilarious sentences that you will remember. (I took the GRE a month ago and I still think of this book's sentence for "assail" whenever I hear that word... I mean, it has the phrase "come at me, bro" in it. You'll never forget that.) I remember sitting at Starbucks and having people stare at me because I was laughing so hard while reading these sentences. I also remember thinking that studying for the GRE couldn't and shouldn't be this fun. But aside from its entertaining quality, the most important thing about this book is that its method actually works. I bought Manhattan's GRE flashcards--both the essential and advanced set--and I definitely recommend those as well (they're easy to carry around and study whenever you have a few free minutes in your busy schedule). But the problem for me was that there were some words that I could NOT remember, regardless of how many times I looked at the flashcard; the word just was not registering in my brain. That's where this book came into play. For those particularly difficult, why-do-I-not-know-this-even-though-I've-seen-it-a-million-times words, these mnemonic devices did the trick. Because the sentences are so unique/outlandish, they're not easily forgotten.

In short, I highly recommend this book as part of a comprehensive set of study tools. You can either use it how I did (as described in the preceding paragraph), or you can use it right from the start by making flashcards for all the words or reading through the book and highlighting the ones you don't know.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
Tutors Brian McElroy and Vince Kotchian believe that mastering challenging vocabulary is easier when you employ mnemonics or catchy memory devices. "GRE Vocab Capacity" contains a thousand words arranged alphabetically, with concise and clear definitions and off-beat sentences that are designed to trigger an emotional or sensory response. For example, the authors define "quash" as "to completely stop from happening." Their sentence is, "The best way to quash an invasion of ants in your kitchen is simple: squash them." Theoretically, the gross image of dead and dying ants and the fact that "quash" and "squash" rhyme will help ingrain the meaning of "quash" in test takers' minds.

Some of the sentences are silly, off-color, and/or touch on sensitive topics, such as strippers who pole dance, movie sex-comedies, and drug dealers. Brian and Vince issue a disclaimer stating that some of their material contains "adult language." Their target audience is high-school and college students who want to master vocabulary words likely to appear on the Scholastic Aptitude Test or the Graduate Record Exam.

"GRE Vocab Capacity" would be a useful tool for individuals who find vocabulary particularly challenging. The authors assign each word a rating on a scale of one to four, one being "basic words that could appear on any level of an exam," and four being "uncommon words" that are good to know but rarely used. The words appear in an easy-to-read font in bold type, and in upper case letters when used in a sentence.

Although proper pronunciation is not necessary for standardized tests such as the SAT, a pronunciation guide would have been useful. An important aspect of adding words to one's mental lexicon is incorporating them into everyday speech.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steve on July 8, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I was very impressed. Finally, a vocabulary book focused on a unique approach to remembering words and their meanings. What the authors of GRE Vocab Capacity do is provide a series of memorable memory devices for remembering each of around eight hundred words and their meanings. The chosen words are the most frequently found words in the GRE, as well as in other standardized tests. Although the authors say that the words in this edition are specifically targeted toward the GRE exam, but also helpful for students preparing for other standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, ISEF, SSAT, GMAT, LSAT or MCAT, I have found the book to be an excellent resource for anyone who wants to improve their vocabulary.

The format of this book is what makes it different, entertaining and conducive to learning. There is a simple three step structure for each word. First, the word is clearly defined along with its part of speech. Then, the reader is told what similar, more familiar, easily remembered word or word group to think of that links the mind to the original vocabulary word. This word association is called a mnemonic. Finally, the authors provide a sentence designed to help the reader remember both words through a variety of associations. Here are two examples:

Abridge (verb): to shorten
Think: A BRIDGE
A BRIDGE would ABRIDGE my commute, which involves driving around the canyon

Acrimonious (adjective): bitter
Think: A CRIME ON US
Committing A CRIME ON US makes us ACRIMONIOUS

Most of the mnemonic devices in the book work well, creating links in the brain so that recall of the original vocabulary words is easy and long term. The only drawback is that one has to remember the devices as well as the vocabulary word.
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