I remember the Latin and English vocabulary tests when I was in school. Always disliked learning for those tests, as it was one of the most boring activities for me. Back then I did not have electronic aids like computer vocabulary software to assist in the learning. While there were a few programs for the good old Commodore C-64 and Amiga, they were not really that practicable to use.
Users who need to learn their foreign words today have a wide assortment of online services and software programs at their disposal. This includes the Vocabulary Trainer, the Vocabulary Builder, Words or five essential tools to learn a language.
Free Vocab Test is another program specifically designed for students studying for standardized tests such as the GRE, TOEFL and SAT but also useful for anyone else who wants to improve the vocabulary of a particular language.
The free vocabulary test software is pre-configured with three word lists for advanced and intermediate students of English. One interesting feature of the software is the ability to download additional word lists and tests from within the software. Available for selection are for instance GRE word lists, easily confused words or Barrons 504 absolute essential words.
Each new word list that is selected this way is automatically added to the program. It is furthermore possible to load word lists from the computer, to create a new word list and to edit an existing word list, for instance by adding new words to it.
The vocabulary program not only comes with options to create and use word lists, but also with testing options. You need to select a word list first and use the Test menu at the top to load the test interface.
The program lists the available words in groups such as never tested, unfamiliar or familiar. The counts change during a test. It supports both a multiple choice test and spelling test. Both tests ask you to pick an answer based on a word definition and synonyms.
Windows users can download the learning software from the developer website. It is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Windows operating system.
Update: The free vocabulary test homepage is no longer available. I suggest you pick one of the alternatives listed at the top of this article.Advertisement
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