Basic arithmetic is pretty trivial, but it can take time and is often very tedious for large quantities and so they allow us to use calculators when writing the GRE (Graduate Records Examination).
But shouldn't we be allowed to use dictionaries, memorizing plenty of words is pretty trivial too, and is tedious. I get that it helps improve our vocabulary, but like we use calculators when doing large calculations, we can simply pull out a dictionary when we see a new word right?
Is it because we save time by knowing the word already? GRE tests several other things including sentence structure, meaning, context etc... But wouldn't it be better if they left vocabulary off that list of things they test?