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When we advise students that they will have to memorize high frequency SAT/GRE words for the respective examinations, it does not go down well with a few who are uncomfortable with memorizing. However, if you haven’t encountered most of the four to five thousand commonly tested words, you will be in trouble during the exam. Scrabble, a (word) board game, requires that a top player memorize at least two hundred thousand words (meanings are not required) from the Scrabble dictionary. There is more than just knowing words – you must form high score words with good anagramming skills. Skill and experience play a big role. Then, there are genes – if you born with some specialized cognitive abilities, you will have an advantage over your opponent.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/winning-scrabble-and-the-nature-of-expertise/

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