uVocab - Vocabulary Trainer

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Challenging practice app for SAT and ACT prep.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn advanced vocabulary, especially handy for SAT or ACT prep. They can review definitions alphabetically or by random or focus only on words they've marked as favorites or have missed on prior quizzes. Practicing recognizing the words by definition in the quizzes or by antonym or synonym gives kids more practice in how the words may be presented on tests too. Though there are other, more engaging options, uVocab - Vocabulary Trainer can give kids some solid vocabulary prep.

Ease of Play

The interface is intuitive, and each option is well-labeled.


The word list does include words related to violent acts, such as "carnage," but there are no objectionable images or content.


The word list includes words that may be related to sex, such as "ejaculation," but these are dictionary definitions.


As this is a word list for SAT/ACT preparation, dictionary-defined words, such as "bastard" and "damn" are included.


The developer notes that this free app may include a small Google ad on some screens.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

In the word list, words referencing drinking and drugs, such as "bacchanal," are defined.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that uVocab - Vocabulary Trainer includes about 5,000 vocabulary words and definitions to prepare kids for the SAT and ACT. The list includes mature words, such as "bastard" and "ejaculation," that some teens may find giggle-worthy, but the content is nothing more shocking than would be found in a dictionary.

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What's it about?

With UVOCAB - VOCABULARY TRAINER kids can review a list of more than 5,000 test-prep words, learn the definitions, hear the words pronounced, and take quizzes to check for mastery. They can review words at random, by whole list, or by browsing or scrolling through screens of words and definitions. The quizzes give the word and four possible definitions or have kids match a word list with antonyms or synonyms. Kids can choose how many words to complete on the quiz and "finish" at any point to see their number and percentage correct and review the list or words again, with correct definitions.

Is it any good?

Though this app is not likely to get kids excited, the definitions in uVocab - Vocabulary Trainer are concise and well-written, and the word list seems to be an excellent test-prep list, with words such as "conglomeration," "stygian," and "natation." The results of each quiz are saved, allowing kids to track their progress, and missed words are marked (as "failed," unfortunately) so they can be included on future quizzes. Kids can mark some words as favorites too. Kids have the options to customize font size for easier reading and can choose which online dictionary to use for Web searches, should they choose to further research a particular word. The pronunciation feature is hit or miss, with a few words pronounced incorrectly.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the words kids are learning. Review one of the words together and see which of you can be the first to use the word in the context of regular conversation.

  • Encourage kids to review a certain number of new words each day.

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