GRE Vocab Genius

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017
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Description of App

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.

Version

2.20120131

Free or Paid

Paid

Apple Watch Support

Not Known

Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPhone

Accessibility Comments

The app is mostly accessible but not usable. The area which allows users to select a study session cannot be clicked and selected by VoiceOver as VoiceOver detects several controls together and can't differentiate between them.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability

Some parts of the app are accessible with VoiceOver, but not enough to make it usable.

Other Comments

This is by far the best word practice and preparation app on the market which can be used to enhance one's vocabulary regardless of exams. I've sent the following message to info@brain-scape.com to describe the serious usability issue with VoiceOver. If you're interested in the app, please follow suit and send something like the following to its developers along with a link to this page so that they see lack of access to their app has been mentioned on a well-visited website. .......... I'm a visually impaired iPhone 4S user and rely on VoiceOver, the iOS screen reader, to access all features of my iDevice along with many third-party applications and games. VoiceOver can be activated in the Settings window by going to General and opening Accessibility. Anyhow, VoiceOver has difficulty activating and opening the most essential elements of GRE Vocab. When I select each deck, say "Advanced vocab words, set 2," a window opens with a description and some controls. However, VoiceOver treats the "Card list" and "Start studying" options as one single control and doesn't allow blind users to click them to start a study/review session. Once VoiceOver is turned off, sighted assistance indicates that these controls can be clicked and selected to start or resume a study session. As such, I humbly suggest that you make a change in the way these essential and important controls are presented on the screen so as to allow VoiceOver to treat them as single, clickable entities.

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