Many people have underestimated the importance of building their vocabulary toward raising their overall score because they argue that the GED only has a few vocabulary questions. However, in addition to helping you perform better on your GED Language Art, you can use your GED vocabulary to fully understand what questions are asked. To some extent no matter how good you are at Math, Social Sciences, or Language Arts, it is difficult for you to get the right answers if you don’t fully understand the questions.

Basically, there is no specific vocabulary list for your GED exam, nevertheless, you might see some words sprinkled throughout the test in different subjects. Now, let’s take a closer look at a list of 25 essential GED vocabulary words that you’re likely to see in all 4 sections of the GED.


1. GED Vocabulary Words


Even if you know all of the words following already or this is the first time you have seen them, make sure you read their definition, meanings, and examples carefully and take notes if you need. Moreover, the words’ definitions are synthesized and compiled based on the Oxford Learner’s  Dictionary.


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The GED words’ definitions and examples are compiled based on the Oxford Learner’s  Dictionary

Furthermore, a part of speech of each word has been displayed such as noun, verb, and adjective by using abbreviations like (n.), (v.), and (adj.) respectively. What’s more, since a word might have multiple meanings, we put it in a specific context to help you understand and remember it better. Okay, let’s get started!

  • Analyze (v.) – to study something in a systematic and careful way:

Example: In the article, several experienced diplomats analyzed the president’s foreign policy.

  •  Concept (n.) – an idea, theory, etc. about a particular subject:

Example: This course will acquaint you with the basic concepts of management

  • Consistent (adj.) – not varying,  always behaving or happening in a similar, especially positive, way:

Example: There has been a consistent improvement in her attitude.

Or  (adj.) – In agreement with something

Example: We do not consider his behavior to be consistent with the holding of a high-ranking job.

  • Data (n.) – Information, especially facts or numbers

Example: They had data on health, education, and economic development

  • Derive (v.) – To get (from something else)

Example: When working a math problem out you are asked to derive an answer from a given equation.

  • Distribution (n.) – the way in which people or things are spread out in a place:

Example: A map showing the distribution of the global population

  • Estimate (v.) – to guess or calculate the cost, size, value, etc. of something, although you do not know for certain:

Example: Government sources estimate a long-term 50 percent increase in rail fares.


Example: Several online calculators allow you to estimate your carbon emissions.

  • Evidence (n.) – A sign that helps to prove that something is or is not true:

Example: These figures are being given as evidence of economic growth.

  • Factor (n.) – a fact or situation that influences the result of something:

Example: People’s voting habits are influenced by political, social, and economic factors.

Or (n.) –  in mathematics, any whole number that is produced when you divide a larger number by another whole number:

Example: One, Two, three, four, six, and twelve are all factors of twelve.

  • Formula (n.) – a mathematical rule expressed in a set of numbers and letters:

Example: He developed a formula for calculating the area of a triangle.

  • Function (n.) – the way in which something works or operates

Example: It’s a disease that affects the function of the nervous system.

(n.) (Math) a relationship between two sets in which each part of the first set is connected with just one member of the second set in number pairs

The function f(x)= x + 1 gives you the sum of any number you plug in for f(x).

  • Identify (v.) –to recognize someone or something and say or prove who or what that person or thing is:

Example: Even the smallest baby can identify its mother by her voice.

  • Indicate (v.) – to show, point, or make clear in another way:

Example: Exploratory investigations have indicated large amounts of oil below the sea bed.

  • Interpretation (n.) – an explanation or opinion of what something means:

Her interpretation of Juliet was one of the best performances I have ever seen.

  • Method (n.) – a particular way of doing something:

Example: Travelling by train is still one of the safest methods of transport.

  • Period (n.) – A length or portion of time

Example: The study will be carried out over a six-month period.

OR –  full stop the symbol used in writing at the end of a sentence or at the end of the short form of a word

Example: You can fix a run-on sentence by replacing the comma with a period.

  • Principle (n.) – A guiding rule or belief

The most basic principle of democracy is the right to vote.

  • Theory (n.) – a formal statement of the rules on which a subject of study is based or of ideas that are suggested to explain a fact or event or, more generally, an opinion or explanation:

Example: He has a theory that a meteorite caused the hole.

  • Variable (adj.) – likely to change often

Example: British weather is perhaps at its most variable in the spring.

OR – (n.) (Math) A symbol that represents one or more numbers

Example: The variables in the equation are X, Y, and Z.

  • Infer (v.) – to reach an opinion from available information or facts:

Example: He inferred ( that ) she was not interested in a relationship from what she said in her letter.


2. 7 Tips for Learning English Vocabulary


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Some tips for learning English Vocabulary

2.1. Reading


Reading as much as possible is the best way to help you expose yourself to words and remember them better in context instead of learning them by heart in isolation. Keep in mind that whenever you come across unfamiliar words, look them up and write them down on your sticky note. 


2.2. Writing down new words. 


As we mentioned above, to help you remember new words better, you should write the actual words with their meanings, at least one example for each of them, their synonyms & antonyms, and their collocation and pronunciation. Keep a diary so as to have a collection of all your new words that you can easily revise when needed.


2.3. Visually remembering words


Those who have a visual learning style should write words on small sticky notes and associate new words with their relevant images.

>>>Read More: How To Stay Focused On GED Reading When Taking GED Language Arts ?


2.4. Taking GED Practice Test by Estudyme


Take our GED Practice Test to familiarize yourself with some common GED vocabulary words you might encounter on your actual test


2.5. Using new words regularly


Try to use the new words you have already learned in real life so that you don’t forget them. 


2.6. Using the repetition method


Among the best ways to move these GED vocabulary words into your long-term memory, you couldn’t skip the repetition method. Instead of studying a word once, you should come back and review this word in a few days, or add them to a set of homemade flashcards. 

To sum up, 25 common GED vocabulary words are proposed. Hopefully, you might know these words well. Besides, we give you some learning tips to build your vocabulary, let’s give them a try! Don’t forget to take our GED Practice Test