Top Smartphone Apps for GRE Preparation

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The world is going digital and mobile. With the outburst of MOOCs and online learning apps most students these days are finding learning on the go much more fun and engaging compared to conventional learning methods. Keeping in view these changing student study practices, we at Gurujan have compiled a list of useful apps for those gearing up to prepare for the GRE (Graduate Records Exam).

A good score in the GRE not only bolsters ones chances of getting admit but also consolidates for any drawbacks in your profile.
Some tips to keep in mind while preparing: Remember perfecting GRE is not a daunting task. Never underestimate yourself and keep in mind that your academic performance does not have even a modicum of influence on the GRE. So, even if you have faltered in your academics (i.e. have backlogs), getting a good score above 300+ / 310+ is not at all limited to academically bright students. You have the right to score exceptionally in GRE. Repeat these words to yourself daily during the preparation!

Find the list of GRE apps for your Smartphone:

Magoosh GRE Prep: Math, Verbal and Writing Videos

Maker: Magoosh
Available on: Google Play, App Store, Windows Store
Avg. User Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
Price: Free

The app offers over 200 video lessons for all three GRE test sections. Detailed explanation of every concept on the GRE is given. This is useful if you are looking to learn the content or need a refresher on the concepts in the GRE exam. The app also teaches learning tips and tidbits. It shows you how to answer the questions. For practice download it in conjunction with another app that offers great practice exercises.

Painless GRE

Maker: Philip Nguyen
Available on: Google Play
Avg. User Rating: 4.4 / 5 stars
Price: Free
The app sports a simple UI with over 3900 words with example sentences for vocab building & has a feature to select the session length. One of the best apps (free) to ace the GRE verbal section. The vocabulary is useful for scoring well in this section. In the training mode, you have the option to skip new words and practice over words learned already. Daily practice can bear fruitful results. Along with the traditional word cards, there are a variety of exercises like word->definition, definition->word, sentence completion. Practice with exercises helps a lot in retaining the word. It’s like you select 5 or 10 or more words as per your wish( number selected through settings) and play around them till you master. You also have an option to view examples, which helps in better understanding.


Maker: Quizlet
Available on: Google Play
Avg. User Rating: 4.1 / 5 stars
Price: Free
This is also one of the good apps for preparing any exam. It can be tailored to prep for the GRE Verbal section. It’s basically a flashcard app. You can create and share flashcards with other users. You can search for various words and also get sets of various words. Flash cards are available for almost all the important words essential for GRE. We opine that following the app will help. Plus you can create your own set as well. Additional feature includes playing a quiz that is addictive and effective too which helps in retention. Voice over is provided to understand how the word is pronounced. You can also play a deck of flashcards and listen to the pronunciations of words and their meanings.

GRE VocabTrainer

Maker: Sugarcube
Available on: Google Play
Avg. User Rating: 4.2 / 5 stars
Price: Free
This is pretty new app compared to other GRE prep apps. The app claims to have over 4000 words, organized conveniently as decks. The Vocab Trainer also offers various vocab building games, making your learning more interactive and engaging. It features mnemonics for all words, also provides facilities for you to add your own. Mnemonics are a great way to remember new topics and ideas and this is where the app scores a point. The app also has a Quiz format to reinforce vocabulary retention. Some minute errors are found in the app like missing meanings, etc.

If you are an Apple user you might want to try out these apps exclusively designed for the i – devices. Some of these apps are not free and you need to pay the price to download those apps.


Maker: Arcadia Prep
Available on: iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch
Avg. User Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Price: The download is free.

The app offers hundreds of questions for each section of the GRE. You can download the complete sets as you proceed with your prep. The app has interactive space like offering pen and other tools, so you can make notes. It also has a dedicated mobile discussion form. You get notified when one of your questions are answered by other users. There is also a timer that you can set to simulate the real GRE exam. It then provides score cards and percentages so you know your weak and strength sections. This app is better if you need a lot of practice. The download is free but to study comprehensively you’ll need to make an in-app purchase. The prices are – for Quantitative it is $15.99, the Verbal is $11.99 and Writing is $4.99.

GRE Vocab Challenge by Princeton Review

Maker: Modality Inc.
Available on: iPhone or iPod Touch
Avg. User Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Price: $4.99

The app has a compiled list of 250 of the most common GRE words identified by the test makers of the Princeton Review. The app has four different types of games to test you on a word’s positive or negative connotations, definition, synonyms and antonyms. Your performance is tracked so you’ll know which words you’ve learned and which still need to be practiced. The apps by Princeton are well designed and have a pleasing interface. The test questions are flawless. Moreover the app itself is designed like a game to improve user performance and engagement. It is very addictive and you desire to get hooked to the app whenever you find time.

GRE Toolkit by Manhattan Prep

Maker: NKO Ventures, LLC.
Available on: iPhone and iPad
Avg. User Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Price: $9.99

The app boasts of 184 GRE questions designed by Manhattan Prep and offers access to 10,000 GRE flashcards. You can filter the questions you haven’t answered, questions you took longer than 1 minute to answer and so on. By this you can review the questions you stumped the most. It also lets you can make notes and provides statistics for that help you measure your prep level. By this you get to know exactly the skills you’re still missing. The Manhattan Prep is a established brand in this segment. They also are industry best in offering prep service for tests such as the GMAT & LSAT. They offer the GMAT Toolkit and LSAT Toolkits respectively for these exams.

Some other paid apps for the verbal and vocabulary building:

GRE Vocabulary

Maker: McGraw Hill
Though not the cheapest GRE training app, it’s a decent one to practice the vocabulary. Interestingly it combines audio along with text for better understanding and retention.

Kaplan GRE Exam Vocabulary Flashcards

Maker: Kaplan
Kaplan has been the industry best seller for GRE prep material and books. It also happens to be one of the best GRE apps too. The app has about 500+ flashcards. If you are willing to go for a paid app for verbal prep, go for it. Be warned that the app has not been updated for a while but the content is solid.

If you are preparing for the IELTS or the TOEFL, stay tuned as we will come up with reliable and addictive Smartphone apps that help you in your preparation.

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