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Boost your language with Magoosh!

Magoosh is a play on the Old Persian word, “magush”, one who is highly learned, wise and generous.

Are you a sedulous student? Learning new language successfully implies being assiduous and those who commit are more likely to study with alacrity.

App time again! “Magoosh is an online education company with a focus on teaching through vidaeos and personalized customer support.” They offer  resources for test preparation  for people intending to take the GRE, GMAT,SAT and TOEFEL. Tons of contented customer write reviews lauding their services.

We can get  their apps for free –  Vocabulary builders, vocabulary flashcards and video lessons (5 hours of video and audio). I have downloaded GMAT idioms (collocations) and GRE Vocabulary Builder. On this post I have focused on the ones for English vocabulary only.

GRE Vocabulary Builder: Multiple choice questions. In terms of grading there aren’t any numerical scores. There is a score bar that is filled as you answer correctly. If you get a wrong answer, you will be shown the answer with an example with the lexical item, thus you will be shown the word again until you answer correctly. Enough repetition will reinforce  the acquisition. Try creating your own examples. According to Magoosh, their apps use  “a spaced repetition system. Words you are learning will reappear frequently (occurring less frequently the better you know them) and words you already know won’t be repeated.”


On the other hand, TOEFL Vocabulary Flascards presents vocabulary items whose meaning the learner has to remember and then tap to screen to confirm the definition. An example sentence is provided, too. Progress tracking is carried out as with the following app.

GMAT idiom flashcards: Two examples are shown and you must decide (by thinking not marking) which one is correct then tap and get feedback. Next, select the option ‘I knew this idiom’ or ‘I didn’t know this idiom’. Three bars will be filled according to your progress: you have mastered this idiom, you are reviewing this idiom or you are learning this idiom. SAT Vocabulary Flashcards and GRE Vocabulary Flashcards work the same way.

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GRE Vocabulary Flashcards

As you must have already notice I am fond of cats. Therefore, I simply couldn’t ignore Magoosh’s blog post : SAT VoCATulary: Learn Vocabulary with Cats. Check out their other highly recommended blogs, too.

Other products from Magoosh: Magoosh GRE Prep (200 animated lessons ; math, verbal, and writing preparation), Magoosh Calculus Lessons (135 animated lessons), Magoosh GMAT Prep (video lessons for math, verbal, writing and integrated reasoning.), Magoosh SAT Prep (160 animated lessons; covers math, reading, and writing)

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Magoosh apps on Google Play

 Magoosh apps on Itunes

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