Are you looking into taking the SAT, GRE or GMAT in the near future or know someone who is? For a limited time only (technically till December 3rd), there’s a highly-rated iPhone app that aims to improve your SAT/GRE/GMAT vocabulary the smart way. The IntelliVocab for GRE and GMAT Deluxe Edition app from Faqden Labs was created by MIT students who let Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Web Semantics research guide their work. This means the app personalizes your subsequent quiz questions based on what answers you correctly answered (and didn’t answer, too).
There are a few other features that make IntelliVocab different from a regular vocabulary flashcard app.
What’s On The App?
When you first launch the IntelliVocab Delux Edition app, you can set a date for your exam.
The app will automatically refer to this date later when it makes graphs of your progress in the Progress Report tab. Right now though, let’s not worry about Progress Reports. After you set the date, you can start practicing by testing your knowledge of 4,800+ vocabulary words.
You basically just need to choose an answer, and IntelliVocab will personalize subsequent words depending on whether or not your answer was correct, which you’ll know immediately after choosing it as it will be colored green if it was correct or red if it wasn’t.
If you’re done practicing some words, you can choose to end the practice session and look at the practice session details.
Overtime, you can take the timed test when you’ve practiced enough.
If you finish, you can take a look at the test details to get some immediate feedback.
You can also check out the progress report by tapping on Report on the bottom app dock.
This will tell you the latest test score, the number of words you have mastered and how much time you spent studying in your last session, among others. Taking the timed test more than once will further update your progress table, showing you how many entries you’ve mastered.
IntelliVocab Is More Than Regular Flashcards
Some of the basic flashcard apps simply do not have much to offer aside from shuffling and presenting you with extra, irrelevant choices in addition to the correct one, IntelliVocab uses the latest machine learning algorithms and web semantics techniques to discard words that you may not need. So the more you practice, the more accurate IntelliVocab will be in selecting your next words. You can read more about the algorithms that IntelliVocab uses at the company’s product page.
If you or someone you know is seeking a good vocabulary preparation app that contains more than 4,000 words, then download the app from iTunes before it goes back to being $4.99 on December 3rd.
If you’re reading this article after December 3rd, be sure to check out the free, lite versions of IntelliVocab for GRE and GMAT, which have a total of 290+ words, compared to the Deluxe’s version with 4,800+. You may also be interested in Faqden’s IntelliVocab List for SAT words, which is also free.
If you’re also keen on using your computer to study flashcards, you may want to check out how to make some simple flashcards in Google Docs. There are also many websites that can help you create flashcard sets either for you as a foreign language learner, or for a child to learn. If you’re not particularly learning anything, but wish to keep your brain active and not forget things so easily, you should check out Headmagnet.
Know of some good ways to study lots of vocabulary words at a time? Share your tips and experiences in the comments below.