GRE Vocab Genius Education App Review (iOS, $9.99)

  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Brainscape
  • Updated: Jul, 16 2010
  • Version: 2.20140121
  • Size: 13.67 MB

Languages: English, French, German, Chinese, Spanish

Seller: Bold Learning Solutions, Inc.

-64-bit support for iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and iPad Mini w/ Retina Display
-Design changes
-Improved Performance
-Bug Fixes

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
19 Ratings
All Versions:
1084 Ratings


Recent #1 Ranked Education App - Improve your GRE vocabulary FASTER than with any other vocab app. Applying the latest in cognitive science techniques, Brainscape helps you efficiently learn over 2,000 “dynamic flashcards” covering both vocabulary words and their roots.

Rather than creating frivolous games or distracting quizzes to try to make learning “fun,” Brainscape provides a scientifically optimized algorithm to repeat flashcards in just the right pattern for your brain’s maximum absorption, based on YOUR confidence. Brainscape makes sure that your study time is used as efficiently as possible, because – let’s face it – you are busy!

GRE Vocab Genius includes:

• Nearly 1,900 flashcards for some of the most useful yet difficult vocabulary words found on the GRE, complete with definitions, sample sentences, and synonyms
• Over 300 “word elements” flashcards for common prefixes, suffixes, and roots
• A customized flashcard repetition algorithm that cuts your memorization time dramatically
• Convenient “browse” and “search” functions that allow you to easily find cards you want
• Ongoing feedback, statistics, and visualization tools to help you track your progress

The Brainscape team is made up of former executives from The Princeton Review and Kaplan, as well as cognitive scientists formerly with Columbia and Yale. Our mission is to make learning easier and more convenient.

Feel free to check out our website (, where you can create your own flashcards and study anywhere. Good luck!

Customer Reviews

  • This is a good one!

    by Phluphlu

    The design is great and it's really helping you learn by repetition of the words you don't know.

  • Most def

    by Rahmirum

    I was just like you...trying to find a good gre set to study - I definitely recommend this one!

  • Very Helpful!

    by BangerangLife

    If you are able to rate your own knowledge honestly, this can be a great tool for learning and testing new vocabulary! The section on etymology is also particularly useful for approaching new words for the first time.

  • Great app!

    by Ahmed Amer

    Kind of addictive, too.

  • Word

    by MShi8

    $10 is worth it. I'd probably even pay 20 knowing how much it helps me learn vocab. Get it even if you aren't taking the gre. Extra vocabulary is always good

  • Great system for truly learning!

    by gkshxud73$37&38

    I really appreciate the way this app cycles word order based on how well you know them. Highly recommend it!

  • Very usefull

    by Shahlalala

    This is a great app for anybody not just people taking the GRE. Helps the user learn the root element of several words.

  • You are doing well! I like it!

    by accordsun

    Keep going

  • Game changer

    by seidensj

    Crushed the verbal portion of the GRE because of this app.

  • I am smarter

    by Reason round

    I'm not even taking the GRE but I wanted to keep sharp. Awesome app.

  • Deep

    by DaddyDudeA

    I've had this for awhile, and continue to make a ton of progress Thanks Brainscape!

  • Perfect

    by J29kilo

    This app is perfect for "in between" classes.

  • An excellent study tool

    by Anindya Ghosh

    In last 1 hour I came across and also learnt many words I have never heard before. I am sure this is great for GRE preparation because the it is so methodical in running thru the words and making sure you get them ALL. We sat together as a family and learnt words and had fun. Thank you for this wonderful app.

  • Makes studying fun

    by BoneTruck

    Useful for anyone wanting to expand their vocabulary.

  • Great app!

    by GRE gogo

    This is so useful! I purchased the full version, and it's worth the money!!

  • Amazing App

    by Sergio Rojas

    This app is great, I would recommend

  • Supercilious

    by good_music_only_please

    Want to learn words like that? Then download this smart and fun app! (And no, supercilious does not describe this app!)

  • Wow

    by Vishie

    I am impressed by the simplicity and quality Brainscape puts into their work. I have a lot of words to learn...

  • Brainscape GRE

    by Jonniegail7

    Fun challenging app to increase vocabulary . Gives great examples of word usage and phonetic pronunciations.

  • Awesome!!!!!

    by Batman2287

    This is by far the best vocabulary learning and study app I have seen yet! I've tried others and learned a lot, but this one is THE BEST!!! The fact that the flash cards are created for you is way better than learning a word of the day and making them yourself. Also, I love the fact that it changes the method it uses to test you. It tests you by flashing the word first and having you guess the definition, then sometimes it will give you the definition and have you guess the word. I can't say enough about it. Just get it if you want a great study app for learning vocabulary. Thank you for this app!!!!!!! Keep up the good work!!!!

  • Needs to fix bug

    by Jandkmsb

    Great app but new update has the app shutting down all the time. Please fix.

  • !

    by Munkyrocker

    A great app! Will certainly be using it often!

  • I just got started on this app

    by lou3787

    This is a good app for sure and I can already tell.

  • Great resource

    by kerewin21

    1200 words, with the ability to rank knowledge of each word from 1 to 5, then they are recycled based on that. An unusual feature is that cards are intermittently flipped and you are asked to name the word from the definition. Highly recommend.

  • Awesome

    by Ahmegcan

    Very Good

  • Great Study Tool!

    by Mongojoe02

    Look no further if you're looking to improve your vocabulary for the big test! Yes I think the app is a bit more costly than I hoped but it really is worth it. Don't short yourself.

  • Very effective for improving vocabulary

    by Gettingstuffdonegirl

    I have been using the brains cap e app for a few weeks to prepare for the GRE, it has been very helpful in improving and refreshing my performance on the verbal section and strengthening my vocabulary.

  • Best Study Tool

    by lilsalad

    Brainscape GRE app has helped me improve my vocabulary, and I'm now addicted to tracking my progress with their stats. Best study app on the market.

  • Very helpful

    by awyzguy

    I was told by friends and GRE tutors (I did not have tutors for the exam, but I know some tutors) that rote memory does not help with preparing for the Verbal Reasoning portion of the exam, but they couldn't be more wrong. Before using this app, I took a practice test from ETS and I scored a 145 on the test. I noticed that my weakness was not knowing many of the terms used throughout the VR sections. So I used this app for 8 weeks to prepare for the exam. I scored a 160 on the VR section on my first official GRE test.

  • Great study tool!

    by Pudwaq

    Great study tool

  • Sasishadi

    by Dataw

    Great way to learn new words. Use it every day.

  • Perfect

    by Navidra

    It's nearly perfect! The only complain that i have is the learning process is a little slow! Besides that this app is amazing

  • Excellent app for vocabulary

    by NatMej

    If you're interested in taking the GRE or just improving you're vocabulary, it's the best choice.

  • Vocab on the go

    by Phleef

    Whenever I have a few spare seconds, this is my go-to app to learn a few GEE vocab words.

  • Vocab Good

    by Larvalaurp

    Vocab app good for studying.

  • Good but a little deceiving

    by Larysel

    Be aware that this app does not have 2,000+ words. It has 2,000+ flash cards. Each deck contains 200 flash cards and the words are repeated at least twice. The option to add words and definitions would be helpful too.

  • Scored a 169 qualitative

    by Lindsey K.

    EXCELLENT app and well worth the price. I found this to be a much more effective and efficient means of studying vocab than using a list or book. Highly recommended.

  • Convenient Aid

    by bradleyWB

    Very easy way to pick up a few more vocab words here and there for the GRE. Price is too much, though.

  • This is the real deal

    by TrapDoor

    If you want to learn GRE vocab quickly, then this app is the real deal. I took the GRE yesterday and scored 163 (91st percentile) on the vocab section. When I started using this app six weeks ago I was scoring 158 (79th percentile). I was studying hard and doing other things as well, but in terms of growing my vocal, this app was an integral part of my study plan. I used it 20 minutes per day. Every day. But it helped me grow my vocab faster than any other method. This is a must and is absolutely worth the $7.99 price.

  • Get this!

    by Sydney5689964

    Very helpful, very much so worth the money

  • Very Effective & Well Designed!

    by Zia Joseph

    This app is worth every penny and more! It sharpens your brain and brings back all that information you forgot you knew! Very user friendly interface!

  • Brainscape, Vocabulary conqueror

    by Chang Gan Shi

    This App is a true vocabulary conqueror, I first used it last summer, it took me one day to memorized 200 words easily, that was after I just finished my master degree and brain was still tune for academic. After one year my brain is a little rusted and I felt like I've lost memory skill for the first two days when I re-pick up the task, one the third day my memory engine re-ignite again and this App helped me regain momentum. I will come back to add more comment after taking the GRE two months from now, and wish by that time I have great thing to say about this App.

  • Good app

    by Likes2splooge

    I've seen many of these words crop up on the old GRE tests. I just wish they had a couple more different leaning methods although the setup is conducive to incorporating new words into your brain than others I've run across.

  • amazing

    by Gnart

    functional and beautiful

  • Wow, wow, wow!

    by Cbbhou

    I got a 168 on verbal because of this app. Worth every penny and more.

  • Love it!

    by Jasminp

    I just convinced my friend to also buy this app because it's been so useful in my vocab studying. The method this app uses helps make sure you're actually retaining the vocab you're learning. I bought the Vocab in a Box from Kaplan and its not as convenient as the app.

  • Better than other GRE vocab apps

    by drr970297029702

    This app has no quizzes or other fancy bells and whistles to palliate the sting of a cadaverous vocabulary. But it has what is necessary to get the job done. This app is great for learning new words and actually retaining them for later use in conversation, writing, or tests like the GRE. The system of rating words on 5pt scale from "don't know it" to "mastered it" allows the program to give you difficult words more frequently, thereby increasing your exposure to the word in a flash card based system. If there was no algorithm, it would be like using physical flash cards, which is tedious when you reach the point of moderate knowledge of around two thirds of the words. The algorithm puts the cards in tiers, allows you to focus on the difficult cards but still get exposure to the stuff you are only partially confident with. The only thing I wish to be added is a setting to choose between the two types of cards--word first or definition first cards. I saw someone else complain about this, and there is a temporary solution. If you want to rarely see definition cards, simply rate them as mastered, and they'll rarely pop up.

  • Easy and useful

    by Helicopters

    All my success for the GRE verbal is due to this app

  • Must have

    by RDavisTwoTwentySeven

    Best vocab review I've ever had for any test. A must have for GRE prep or just improving one's vocab overall

  • Awesome app

    by Christina Baumgardner

    Very impressive and fun.

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