Remember your words on exam day.

Membean gives you simple and engaging ways to learn hard words for the SAT/GRE and our Adaptive Reinforcement Engine strengthens your word memory.

  • Choose how you learn
  • Build deep word consciousness
  • Web-based, nothing to install

Engaging word pages ...

Word Page

... etch meaning into your brain in many easy ways

MALAPROPISM: Mixed-up words

... and the Memory Engine keeps it there!

Memory Strength

Smart practice → permanent memories

Our Adaptive Reinforcement Engine quickly learns what words are close to your forgetting threshold and schedules practice to boost your memory. Membean makes your practice smart.

Nobody teaches you vocabulary like Membean!

Membean displays remarkable intuition about the way people learn and remember words. It may be the only vocabulary tool that has so effectively embodied what we know about learning and memory in the human brain. Even as a cognitive neuroscientist, I didn't realize I learned words in such a nonlinear way until I experienced how much easier it is to learn words with this tool. Membean is shockingly effective.
Shereen Chaudhry,  M.I.T

It’s addictive. You’ll keep coming back for more — because you want to.


Reinforcement Questions Plant the words you learn deeply into your memory.

Active learning is better learning.

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Why Membean for Tests?

A high score on any standardized test needs a robust vocabulary. But many students don't know where to begin. What words should I learn? Is there a preferred order? How will I decipher meaning when I’ve never seen the word before? Is it enough to learn definitions? And will I remember all the words I’m memorizing? We have the answers:

  • Learn the right words.

    We have analyzed English corpora, consulted vocabulary experts and closely examined prior exams to bring you the set of words most likely to be tested.
  • Remember on exam day.

    Our Memory Engine schedules learning and repetitions to ensure maximum retrieval on exam day.
  • Save time.

    By monitoring your responses our tool provides practice on only those words that need the most practice. You save time because you don't practice words that you might already know.
  • Learn your root words.

    Improve your score by learning how words are built. Decipher words you have not encountered before.
  • Answer subtle questions.

    Learning dictionary definitions isn’t enough. Develop deep word consciousness so that no question stumps you.

Membean applies psycholinguistics and economics to vocabulary learning.

Encode so you don’t forget. What does it mean to really know a word? How must a word be incorporated into pre-existing mental schemata? Recognizing that people learn differently and that there are various levels of knowledge of words, Membean provides multiple learning pathways.

Maximize gain. Borrowing from economic theory, Membean maximizes allocative efficiency for each learner — time spent learning (costs) must be allocated in a way that maximizes word retention (gains). Membean tailors learning schedules to each person — it’s both effective and efficient.