### Is GMAT hard?

Similar to other international academic certification exams, the GMAT is only difficult for candidates who do not know what the GMAT exam structure tests or how to complete the questions within the limited time. Because the GMAT is a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT), candidates will not be able to skip, return or change their answers to questions because the computer uses your response to each question to select the next one. If you answer the first question correctly, the computer will usually give you a harder question. If you answer the first question incorrectly, the computer will usually give you an easier question. This process continues until you complete the section. In that sense, the GMAT can be daunting if you are used to answering the easy questions first and then the difficult ones. Your goal is to be able to correctly answer moderately to difficult GMAT questions within one to two minutes – the faster you can answer difficult questions, the more likely you are to score High GMAT!

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In addition, the GMAT is not a test that you can get the score you want if you cram in knowledge. One of the difficulties for most non-native candidates is learning vocabulary. Although the GMAT test does not require candidates to have an advanced vocabulary, if you do not invest in improving the vocabulary commonly found in the GMAT test, you can end up struggling and wasting a lot of time doing the test because you do not understand the meaning of the topic or the words that appear in the passages. In the process of learning vocabulary, surely you can find words that are difficult to understand and remember. ssat.vn has listed the 200 most difficult words in the GMAT test that you may encounter in the upcoming GMAT test!

### 200 most difficult words in the GMAT test

1. Aberration (n): a departure from what is normal, usual, or expected
2. Abreast (adj): Up to date with the latest news, ideas, or information
3. Abstain (v):  Restrain oneself from doing or enjoying something
4. Abyss (n): a deep or seemingly bottomless chasm
6. Agog (adj): Very eager or curious to hear or see something
7. Allure (n): the quality of being powerfully and mysteriously attractive or fascinating
8. Altruism (n): the belief in or practice of selfless concern for the well-being of others
10. Annul (v): Declare invalid
11. Apathy (n): Lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern
12. Arbitrary (adj): Based on random choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or system
13. Arbiter (n): a person who settles a dispute or has ultimate authority in a matter
14. Artless (adj): without guile or deception
15. Audacious (adj): showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks
16. Austere (adj): Having an extremely plain and simple style or appearance
17. Blight (n): a thing that spoils or damages something
18. Blithe (adj): showing a casual and cheerful indifference considered to be callous or improper
19. Blowhard (n): a person who blusters and boasts in an unpleasant way
20. Bolster (v):  Support or strengthen
21. Bombastic (adj): High-sounding but with little meaning; inflated
22. Boycott (n): a punitive ban that forbids relations with certain groups
23. Burlesque (n): a variety show
24. Cacophony (n): a harsh, discordant mixture of sounds
26. Coda (n): a concluding event, remark, or section
27. Confound (v): Prove (a theory, expectation, or prediction) wrong
28. Deign (v): Do something that one considers to be beneath one’s dignity
29. Disingenuous (adj): not candid or sincere
31. Doff (v): Remove (an item of clothing)
32. Dote (v): be extremely and uncritically fond of
33. Endow (v): Provide with a quality, ability, or asset
34. Ephemeral (adj): Lasting for a very short time
35. Ethos (n): the characteristic spirit of a culture, era, or community
36. Facetious (adj): Treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor
37. Faction (n): a small, organized, dissenting group within a larger one, especially in politics
39. Falter (v): move unsteadily or in a way that shows a lack of confidence
40. Flail (v): Flounder; struggle uselessly
41. Fluke (n): Unlikely chance occurrence, especially a surprising piece of luck
42. Forage (v): (of a person or animal) search widely for food or provisions
43. Fortuitous (adj): Happening by a lucky chance
44. Fringe (n): the unconventional, extreme, or marginal wing of a group or sphere of activity
45. Garner (v): Gather or collect (something, especially information or approval)
46. Gist (n): the substance or essence of a speech or text
47. Gossamer (adj): Used to refer to something very light, thin, and insubstantial or delicate
48. Grovel (v): Act in an obsequious manner in order to obtain someone’s forgiveness or favor
49. Harangue (n): a lengthy and aggressive speech
50. Impetuous (adj): Acting or done quickly and without thought or care
51. Indictment (n): a formal charge or accusation of a serious crime
53. Ingrate (n): an ungrateful person
54. Insipid (adj): Lacking vigor or interest
55. Lax (adj): Not sufficiently strict, severe, or careful
56. Listless (adj): (Of a person or their manner) lacking energy or enthusiasm
58. Loll (v): Sit, lie, or stand in a lazy, relaxed way
59. Lurid (adj): Presented in vividly shocking or sensational terms
60. Mar (v): Impair the quality or appearance of
61. Mince (v): Use polite or moderate expressions to indicate disapproval
62. Minion (n): a follower or underling of a powerful person
63. Mirth (n): Amusement, especially as expressed in laughter
64. Modest (adj): not excessively large, elaborate, or expensive
65. Morose (adj): Sullen and ill-tempered
66. Muse (n): a person or personified force who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist
68. Opaque (adj): Not able to be seen through; not transparent
69. Overwrought (adj): (of a piece of writing or a work of art) too elaborate or complicated in design or construction
70. Pertain (v): be appropriate, related, or applicable
71. Pine (v): Miss and long for the return of
72. Placate (v): Make (someone) less angry or hostile
73. Platitude (n): A remark or statement, especially one with a moral content, that has been used too often to be interesting or thoughtful
74. Plethora (n): a large or excessive amount
75. Posit (v): Put forward as fact or as a basis for argument
76. Prodigal (n): a person who leaves home and behaves recklessly, but later makes a repentant return
77. Prophetic (adj): Accurately describing or predicting what will happen in the future
78. Purist (n): a person who insists on absolute adherence to traditional rules or structures
79. Pyre (n): a heap of combustible material, especially one for burning a corpse as part of a funeral ceremony
80. Quack (n): a person who dishonestly claims to have special knowledge in some field
81. Reticence (n): the quality of not revealing one’s thoughts or feelings readily
82. Rue (v): Bitterly regret (something one has done or allowed to happen)
83. Ruminate (v): Think deeply about something
84. Stigma (n): a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person
85. Strut (v): Walk with a stiff, erect, and apparently arrogant or conceited gait
86. Sublime (adj): of very great excellence or beauty
88. Syncopation (n): A displacement of the beat or accents in (music or a rhythm) so that strong beats become weak and vice versa
89. Taunt (n): A remark made in order to anger, wound, or provoke someone
90. Tawdry (adj): Showy but cheap and of poor quality
91. Temperate (adj): Relating to or denoting a region or climate characterized by mild temperatures
92. Terse (adj): Sparing in the use of words
93. Tome (n): a book, especially a large, heavy, scholarly one
94. Torrid (adj): Full of difficulty or tribulation
95. Transgression (n): an act that goes against a law, rule, or code of conduct
96. Treacherous (adj): Guilty of or involving betrayal or deception
97. Vapid (adj): offering nothing that is stimulating or challenging; bland
98. Vestige (n): a trace of something that is disappearing or no longer exists
99. Vilify (v): Speak or write about in an abusively disparaging manner
100. Viscous (adj): having a thick, sticky consistency between solid and liquid
101. Volatile (adj): Liable to change rapidly and unpredictably, especially for the worse
102. Waffle (n): Lengthy but trivial or useless talk or writing
103. Waft (v): Pass or cause to pass easily or gently through or as if through the air
104. Wanton (adj): (of a cruel or violent action) deliberate and unprovoked
105. Whitewash (v): Deliberately attempt to conceal unpleasant facts about (a person or organization)
106. Whittle (v): Reduce something in size, amount, or extent by a gradual series of steps
107. Winsome (adj): Attractive or appealing in appearance or character
108. Wizened (adj): Shriveled or wrinkled with age
109. Wry (adj): Using or expressing dry, especially mocking, humor
110. Zeal (n): Great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective
111. Abasement (n): the action or fact of abasing or being abased; humiliation or degradation
112. Abate (v): become less intense or widespread
113. Accession (v): the action or process of formally joining an association or institution
114. Acerbic (adj): (Especially of a comment or style of speaking) sharp and forthright
115. Acolyte (n): a person assisting the celebrant in a religious service or procession
116. Acumen (n): the ability to make good judgments and quick decisions, typically in a particular domain
117. Apostle (n): a vigorous and pioneering advocate or supporter of a particular cause
118. Barrage (n): A concentrated outpouring, as of questions or blows
119. Bevy (n): a large group of people or things of a particular kind
120. Boor (n): an unrefined, ill-mannered person
121. Bucolic (adj): Relating to the pleasant aspects of the countryside and country life
122. Capricious (adj): given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior
123. Canonical (adj): (Of an artist or work) belonging to the literary or artistic canon
124. Chauvinism (n): Excessive or prejudiced loyalty or support for one’s own cause, group, or gender
125. Contrite (adj): Feeling or expressing remorse or penitence
126. Demur (v): Raise doubts or objections or show reluctance
127. Deride (v): Express contempt for; ridicule
128. Diatribe (n): a forceful and bitter verbal attack against someone or something
129. Dictum (n): a short statement that expresses a general truth or principle
130. Diffuse (v): Spread out over a large area
131. Dilate (v): Make or become wider, larger, or more open
132. Echelon (n): a level or rank in an organization, a profession, or society
133. Eddy (v): (of water, air, or smoke) move in a circular way
134. Effigy (n): a sculpture or model of a person
135. Elucidate (v):  Make (something) clear
136. Endemic (adj): (Of disease or condition) regularly found among particular people or in a certain area
137. Epistemology (n): the theory of knowledge, especially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope
138. Fetid (adj): smelling extremely unpleasant
139. Florid (adj): using unusual words or complicated rhetorical constructions
140. Factotum (n): An employee or official who has various different responsibilities to handle
141. Nostrum (n): Patent medicine whose efficacy is questionable.
142. Brook (n): A natural stream of water smaller than a river
143. Liturgy (n): A form of public worship; ritual.
144. Larceny (n): The act of taking something from someone unlawfully
145. Quash (v): to put down or suppress completely; quell; subdue
146. Skullduggery (n): an instance of dishonest or deceitful behavior; trick.
148. Lachrymose (n): Showing sorrow
149. Admonish (v): Warn strongly; put on guard, to caution, advise, or counsel against something.
150. Tirade (n): A speech of violent denunciation
151. Labyrinthine (n): Resembling a labyrinth in form or complexity
152. Alacrity (n): Liveliness and eagerness
153. Vociferous (adj): Conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry
154. Utilitarian (adj): having regard to utility or usefulness rather than beauty, ornamentation, etc
155. Vicissitude (n): a change or variation occurring in the course of something; interchange or alternation
156. Upbraid (v): Express criticism towards
158. Desiccate (v): Lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless; to dry thoroughly
159. Smithereens (n): A collection of small fragments considered as a whole
160. Whimper (v): to cry with low, plaintive, broken sounds
161. Catastrophic (adj): of the nature of a catastrophe, or disastrous event
162. Zenith (n): The culminating point of prosperity, influence, or greatness.
163. Zealot (n): One who espouses a cause or pursues an object in an immoderately partisan manner.
164. Writhe (v): To twist the body, face, or limbs or as in pain or distress.
165. Witticism (n): A witty, brilliant, or original saying or sentiment.
167. Usurp (v): To take possession of by force.
168. Undulate (v): To move like a wave or in waves.
169. Tyranny (n): Absolute power arbitrarily or unjustly administered.
170. Trepidation (n): Nervous uncertainty of feeling.
171. Transgress (v): To break a law
172. Tranquilize (v): To soothe
173. Sybarite (n): A luxurious person
174. Swarthy (adj): Having a dark hue, especially a dark or sunburned complexion
176. Subterfuge (n): Evasion
177. Subservience (n): The quality, character, or condition of being servilely following another’s behests
178. Suave (adj): Smooth and pleasant in manner
179. Stratagem (n): Any clever trick or device for obtaining an advantage.
180. Stolid (adj): Expressing no power of feeling or perceiving.
181. Somniferous (adj): Tending to produce sleep.
182. Sluggard (n): A person habitually lazy or idle
183. Geniality (n): Warmth and kindness of disposition
184. Gibe (v): To utter taunts or reproaches
186. Gourmand (n): A connoisseur in the delicacies of the table.
187. Grotesque (adv): Incongruously composed or ill-proportioned
189. Fanatical (adj): motivated or characterized by an extreme
190. Sumptuous (adj): entailing great expense
192. Assiduous (adj): Marked by care and persistent effort
193. Impassive (adj): Having or revealing little emotion or sensibility
195. Precarious (adj): dependent on circumstances beyond one’s control
196. Torpor (n): Inactivity resulting from lethargy and lack of vigor or energy
197. Canard (n): A deliberately misleading fabrication
198. Encomium (n): A formal expression of praise
199. Erudite (v): Having or showing profound knowledge
200. Filibuster (n): A legislator who gives long speeches in an effort to delay or obstruct legislation that he (or she) opposes