If you're studying for a standardized test such as the SAT, LSAT, or MCAT, this program serves as a useful vocabulary-strengthening aid. Vocabulary Builder Simple helps you brush up your verbal skills in two ways. First, you can have the program display words and their definitions at random. When you feel confident, the utility will then test you by displaying a word but keeping the definition hidden until you click a box. As you might expect from such a simple app, the interface is self-explanatory, though we felt the design could be more inspired. Also, though the program's large database of almost 5,000 words is impressive, we would still like the ability to add words ourselves. Vocabulary Builder Simple is convenient, though, since it runs in your system tray and lets you schedule times for pop quizzes. Since the trial version lets you access only words beginning with a through d, we wouldn't recommend it as your only study aid. Nevertheless, we think test takers will find Vocabulary Builder Simple a handy tool.
What's new in version 1.0
ReleaseNovember 7, 2008
Date AddedApril 6, 2004
Operating SystemsWindows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Vocabulary Builder is a program that sits in your system tray completely out of the way and helps you learn new vocabulary quickly and effectively. Every day, at a time you specify, the program launches itself and presents you with a new random word and definition to learn. Also included is a flash card mode where the definition is hidden until you click on the screen. This feature works well for studying for standardized test. In addition, you can search the entire database to look up any word you want so you are actually getting a desktop dictionary as well. The word list has over 4,800 words and includes the most commonly tested words for the SAT, GRE, LSAT, and MCAT.