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College Vocabulary Challenge App

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It's never too early (or too late) to improve your vocabulary. ZAPS College Vocabulary Challenge is an educational tool for use on computers, tablets, and smartphones. 

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ZAPS College Vocabulary Challenge teaches words students need for success.


English vocabulary level has been shown to be strongly related to educational success. In addition, it is related to the level of occupation attained. It is highly correlated with measures of reading ability and intelligence.


One of the most important factors of success on the ACT, PSAT, or SAT is the ability to comprehend college-level vocabulary words. But the importance of a high-level vocabulary doesn’t stop with these exams.

Whatever field your student decides to pursue, the ability to understand and use advanced vocabulary increases both earning potential and career possibilities.

Getting a headstart by building vocabulary while still in high school can make a significant difference in the opportunities available to your teen in college — and in life.

Give your student the vocabulary of success for greater opportunities throughout your lifetime. 


The ZAPS College Vocabulary Challenge is an online tool (or an app you can buy in the Apple or Google Play Stores) that presents college-level words in manageable sets ideal for maximizing learning. Rather than browsing an entire dictionary, students can focus their study time on the words they're most likely to encounter on college-admissions and scholarship tests. The Challenge can be used on any Internet-connected device: a smartphone, a laptop, or a tablet. 


Students learn words that they're likely to see on the SAT, PSAT, and ACT — college-level vocabulary that they'll encounter in future classes. Even more important, they will broaden their understanding of everything they read and hear throughout their lifetime.

ZAPS Strategies 

Students who take a ZAPS test-preparation seminar gain important practice on the PSAT and SAT Critical Reading subtests when they use the ZAPS College Vocabulary Challenge. To extend your student's learning, the Challenge provides essential ZAPPING tips in the Hints for each question. This reinforcement is especially helpful for students who have not yet taken the PSAT or SAT test or who want to retake the SAT to improve their score.


But what if your student takes the ACT Strategy Seminar or Webinar instead? Even though you will not have practice on the PSAT/SAT-style Critical Reading format, you will be able to apply many ZAPS Hints within the Challenge to understand how the word(s) fits into each sentence.

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The Challenge offers the following features, divided into three major task groups:


    • Study definitions and parts of speech
    • Read example sentences that use words in meaningful context
    • Get more information, including synonyms, antonyms, root words, and/or prefixes
    • Flag words for further review


    • Test understanding with SAT-style Critical Reading items 
    • Read tips to learn how to ZAP when unsure of the answer
    • Review missed or flagged words automatically 


    • Relearn missed or flagged words
    • Get a score report for each Review
    • Earn badges as a reward for progress
    • Share success on Facebook or Twitter

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The ZAPS College Vocabulary Challenge (a.k.a. ZAPS College Vocab Complete if you purchase it in the app stores) is customized to each user. It learns from their successes and errors. So, each time a student accesses the Challenge, they pick up where they left off the time before, even if it's a day, a week, or several months later. 

Of course, the best way to learn is to practice consistently, so encourage your student to use the Challenge often.


If your student prefers to have an app version of the ZAPS College Vocabulary Challenge, rather than a version that requires being online, you can purchase it in either the Apple Store or the Google Play Store. Search for ZAPS College Vocab Complete. The price is still just $4.99 for unlimited use.

Free updates

As we add words, features, and updates to the Challenge, your student will get them automatically and free of charge. How cool is that?


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