If you're looking for a free way to sharpen your vocabulary skills for an impending standardized test, this program can be an invaluable resource. Though Vocabulary Builder Simple isn't a touchstone of modern design, the two-pane interface is a snap to understand and displays simple instructions. In the top window, you'll find a word and a list of five possible definitions. Once you've made your selection, the bottom window tells you whether you're correct. If you are, you can exclude the word from further testing by marking it as mastered. If you're not, Vocabulary Builder Simple gives you the right answer. The program can randomly quiz you on a selection of terms from its 4,800-word database, or you can choose one of three difficulty levels, although very few terms are classified as hard. While you're testing, the software tracks your progress and eventually gives you a grade. You'll also find a dictionary, although there aren't really any other features to speak of. Since this program doesn't cost a dime to use, we think most test takers should give this study aid a shot.
What's new in version 1.2
ReleaseNovember 7, 2008
Date AddedJune 22, 2004
Operating SystemsWindows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Additional RequirementsWindows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server, Java software or .Net Framework with J# package
Use this vocabulary-building program to practice for the SAT, GRE, GMAT or any vocabulary-intensive examination, or simply to increase your vocabulary. It asks you a series of multiple-choice questions. You can edit the words, categorize them to make them easier to memorize, and even track your progress. The program also has a built-in dictionary. The download link provided is only for Windows. Visit the author's Web site to get the version for your operating system.