The pursuit of a post graduate course in a foreign university begins with three letters: GRE. Well, that’s what people say instead of “There are 3000 words that you need to memorise!”Though it may seem competitive from one perspective, to me it is a joyous ride. Of course, there is a possibility that I am doing it wrong and the fact that I saw all 10 seasons of “F.R.I.E.N.D.S.” without any subtitles and all five of “The Big Bang theory” with subtitles for certain episodes seems to make this argument a bit tenable. After a while, a GRE aspirant finds a fun way to learn the vocabulary.
With 30 days left for my exam and finding myself comfortable with one-third of the words, I think I have found it. With a scoring range from 260 to 340, where 260 stands for 0 and 340 stands for 80, the obvious question was “Why?”. I decided to not look into that as I was content with 260 marks being awarded to me for no effort.Any mark from 260-299 falls into the “We regret to inform you that despite blah blah blah you are rejected” category. A score between 300-310 is mostly by people whom classify as those who saw the “Harry Potter” movies but didn’t read the book; 311-320 are those who did both and 321-330 those who did both and argued online about how Dumbledore is far superior to Gandalf. Those who score 331 and above are the authors of the books.
But no matter what the score, improvement of vocabulary is guaranteed. I have stumbled upon some great words such as extemporaneous, salubrious, wohldicrat etc. Sometimes it gives me a chance to look smart and scholarly during conversations when all I do is make up a word that sounds smart. My most recent creation was “wohldicrat”.
S.R. SYED RAFSAN Final year, CSE, St. Josephs College of Engineering
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