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Introducing the GRE Vocabulary Builder App!

Over the past few months, we’ve received a lot of positive feedback about our GRE vocabulary flashcards from our students (we have a ~4.5 rating in both the Android and iOS app stores!).

At the same time, we’ve also heard one consistent request. Students will say, “The flashcards are great but I wish we had a way to quiz ourselves on what we just learned!” Well, wait no longer.

Today, we’re excited to announce our GRE Vocabulary Builder app!

How does the app work?

To start, you’ll see 3 groups of words: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced. Pick a word group and get started! For each word, you’ll see 4 choices and you’ll have to select the word/phrase that most closely means that word.

vocabulary builder screenshot

As you progress through an individual level by answering questions correctly, you’ll unlock the next level. 🙂

Where do the words come from?

Our GRE experts carefully selected 1000 of the most important vocabulary words that appear on the GRE. While other apps might have more words, we believe in focusing your preparation so you can be as efficient as possible.

Who is this for?

While we believe it will definitely help our GRE students, your friends (who aren’t studying for the GRE) will hopefully also find it fun too!

That’s the feedback we’ve received so far. 🙂

How can you get the app?

You can download the app in the Google Play Store of the Apple app store. Just click on one of the buttons below.

Get it on Google PlayGet it in the Apple App Store


You can also use them on the web at We can’t wait to hear what you think about it. Let us know in the comments!

By the way, students who use Magoosh GRE improve their scores by an average of 8 points on the new scale (150 points on the old scale.) Click here to learn more.

35 Responses to Introducing the GRE Vocabulary Builder App!

  1. Tayyab Anwar August 27, 2016 at 6:52 am #

    This vs the Flash cards app, what is the difference? And which is better?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 27, 2016 at 8:45 am #

      Hi Tayyab,

      Great question!

      The Vocabulary Builder and Flashcard apps cover the same set of words, but present them in a different way.

      The Flashcard app is virtual flashcards! You are presented with a card with a word. On the back of the card is a full definition and example sentence. The idea is that you see the word, try to produce your own definition, and then check it against the back of the card.

      The Builder app, on the other hand, is a multiple-choice quiz! You see a word and a multiple-choice list of synonyms or short definitions to select from.

      In general, I find that the Flashcards app is better for learning new words and that the Builder app is better for reviewing words you already know. Once you can go through all the words of the Flashcards app with confidence, I would say you’re in great shape—you have to produce a definition without any hints! 🙂

      I hope that helps! 🙂

  2. Iwin Philip November 25, 2015 at 1:28 am #

    Are these words from vocab app enough to get prepared for GRE vocab test.

  3. Rebecca November 12, 2015 at 11:17 pm #

    I started using the vocab builder in the spring but I’m working my way (very) slowly through the various levels. I noticed on my online account linked to the flashcards my subscription is good for a year. What if I need more time after the one year to use the flashcards and save my progress? Do I still get to save my progress for free after one year?

    • Dani Lichliter
      Dani Lichliter November 13, 2015 at 2:16 pm #

      Hi Rebecca,
      If you still need access after a year, just email and we can extend it for you!

  4. Benstin September 15, 2015 at 9:10 am #

    Really great app.. When will you launch this app for windows phone and windows 10. My friends are waiting.. 🙂

    • Jessica Wan
      Jessica Wan September 15, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

      Hi Benstin!

      Thanks! We’re glad you like it. We wish we were able to make the app for Windows phone but we are currently working on other projects! You can let your friends know that they can access Vocab Builder online:

      All best,

  5. Holing September 10, 2015 at 5:56 pm #

    Hi, I love using this app, it is my go to study method for GRE vocabulary.

    I want to know if there is a complete list of the words somewhere? I would like to be able to refer easily to a word previously studied. A lot of times I learn a new word on a deck and think, oh the meaning / spelling of this word is very similar to a word I learned in an earlier deck, I don’t remember the word and there seems to be no way for me to look it up.

    Ideally the word list will be organized based on the decks in this app.

  6. Matthew May 25, 2015 at 5:28 am #

    Hi how can i play my friend on the vocab builder?

    • Sharat Akasapu
      Sharat Akasapu May 25, 2015 at 5:59 pm #

      Thanks for the question, Matthew! We don’t yet have a way to play your friend, but we’re working on it now! Stay tuned :).


      • Zipadee March 20, 2016 at 12:55 am #

        So can we play our friend yet? Pleaseeee?

  7. nimish May 17, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

    A perfect way to start and end your day. Doesnt matter whether you are eating or travelling, you just need to click on the app and boom. Success to the makers of this. They have helped and woukd be helping a lot of headcounts for the same.

    • Sharat Akasapu
      Sharat Akasapu May 18, 2015 at 10:11 am #

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Nimish! We really appreciate it :).


  8. Mireille May 8, 2015 at 9:06 am #

    …for instance, I just finished going through all levels from each… Basic, Intermediate and Advanced words. There were a few words I had to tap on “I’m not sure”, then there were a few I…got quite wrong. Unfortunately, as I went, I didn’t think to keep a track of all those “weak spots”. I was hoping until the very last second that, once I complete the 8th level from the Advanced words, a personalized report will pop up and tell me a grand total score, give me a list with the words I got wrong or simply did not know, etc.

    And guess what. THAT did NOT… happen. 🙁 All that work… 😀

    You do get my point, right?! 😉

    Thank you for working on all of my requests! 😀


    • Sharat Akasapu
      Sharat May 8, 2015 at 5:01 pm #

      Thanks for your note , Mireille! I really appreciate it. 🙂

      You’re right that we dont’ currently have a way to measure progress other than seeing how many words you’ve completed. But you can also challenge other players that are using the app! Have you tried that yet?

      We also don’t have a way to see what category or level of words were challenging too. I’ll take this back to the team and see what they think!

      Thanks again for your feedback!

  9. Mireille May 8, 2015 at 8:34 am #

    …I’m not done yet! One more suggestion / request here! LOL

    If at all possible, could we get a report at the end of, say each Level / Category with strictly the words we struggled with?! THAT would tremendously help! 🙂 We know exactly what words we need to study more and…how many! 😉 I would love to see that feature added…tomorrow?! 🙂


  10. Mireille May 8, 2015 at 1:59 am #

    I recently started using the Vocab Builder — I’m so happy someone thought of building… the Builder! 😀

    Anyways, my only slight disappointment 🙂 is that there is no…palpable sense of “measurement”. Say, you complete a level — or a category. No score at the end how you fared. 🙁 If there was one, one could go back several weeks later, do it again, then be able to compare if indeed they keep scoring higher and higher (therefore they indeed keep remembering more and more words).

    This ‘missing feature’ is not something that would deter me from using the application — I will still use it, definitely! It’s just…it would have been a nice-to-have, additional… treat. 🙂

    Any plans on coming up with a measurement method (other than…’completed’) any time soon?!



  11. Amit October 13, 2014 at 12:40 am #

    Hi Magoosh team,

    Thanks for making the awesome user-friendly app ! 🙂
    This makes learning words so simpler. Thanks a lot !
    I have some questions :
    1. Learning all this 1000 words are enough for GRE to score pretty well ?
    2. Are the words listed in this app and Magoosh GRE flashcard apps different ? If yes, Should I study both of them ?


    • Sharat Akasapu
      Sharat October 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

      Happy to help, Amit!

      Unlike other apps/books, we carefully selected these 1000 words that tend to appear on the exam. We think if you learn these words, you’ll be in an excellent position.

      The words in the Vocabulary Builder are the same as the flashcard app…it’s the same 1000 words :).


  12. Phanindra Saggurthi August 18, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    Good Job Magoosh Team.. I Just wanna know when you guys will release windows version of Vocab flash cards app. I’m Just subscribed to Magoosh GRE Study plan ,It would be grateful ,If you release that before my GRE Exam 🙂

    • Sharat Akasapu
      Sharat August 18, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

      Thanks for the feedback, Phanindra! We don’t have plans for a Windows phone version at this time but I’ll be sure to tell our team about this!

      In the meantime, I’d recommend using the web version on your mobile phone’s browser :).


      • Sachit October 12, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

        It will be awesome if you could launch every app for windows phone too..

  13. Buzzing Bee Mou August 13, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

    Hello Magoosh Team!

    I want to thank all of your team member for making our GRE prep so interesting. Preparing for GRE Vocabulary is really daunting work but Magoosh Vocabulary Flashcard has made it so easy. Usually I can memorize 30 words (max.) per hour but now this apps has increased my speed. Mugging up 50-52 words has become a child’s play. Thank you so much Magoosh.

    I would be happy enough if you suggest me a suitable study plan for my prep. Please let me which online study plan would be best for me. I am struggling with Quants and Verbal both so I really need to work hard and brush up on both.

    My Target Score is 320
    Apply for 2016 Fall

    Thanks in advance.

    • Sharat Akasapu
      Sharat August 15, 2014 at 10:30 am #

      That’s awesome to hear!

      While it’s difficult to give you study plan since so much of it depends on your initial ability and how much time you can dedicate to studying, I’d recommend looking at our study plans here:!


  14. Mohammed Tag El Asfia August 12, 2014 at 2:35 am #


    I have two questions, the 1st one why there is no ” cmmon words ” Section in the new App ?

    The 2nd one is that I just started following magoosh study plan, and I found it is much easier for me to use the new app, but the plan depends on order of flash cards app decks which starts with the common words decks, can I just stick on the new app order of words or what to do ?

    • Sharat Akasapu
      Sharat August 12, 2014 at 10:08 am #

      Thanks for your questions! The words in this app are the same as the words in the flashcard app, but we just changed the categorization.

      Some students prefer the quiz method, while other prefer the flashcard method. As long as you get through all the words, you will be ok :).


  15. Ravi August 11, 2014 at 11:26 pm #

    Great work by Magoosh Team in building the Magoosh Flashcards app. It helps me prepare for GRE during my free hours and travel time. Keep up the good work team !!!

    • Sharat Akasapu
      Sharat August 12, 2014 at 10:09 am #

      Thanks for the kind words!


  16. Ritika August 7, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

    Good Job. I have one doubt are these the same words as Vocabulary Flashcards?

    • Sharat Akasapu
      Sharat August 7, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

      Thanks for the question! Yes, this app has the same words :). We’ve learned that some students prefer the flashcard method, while others prefer the quiz method, which is why we made this app!


  17. Rohit August 7, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    This app is amazing. Thanks for your amazing support!!

  18. jay August 7, 2014 at 4:19 am #

    great help again! but would be great if u could please build one for the mac app store.

  19. nandhagopal August 6, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

    Nice work. magoosh is best in Gre. keep it up guys .
    Next time please add some idioms too, I find too difficult to answer Magoosh text completion.

    • Sharat Akasapu
      Sharat August 6, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

      Thanks for the feedback!

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