Vocabulary Study Online

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VSO is open to tutors who want to leverage it in students' vocabulary training with either built-in or own word lists. It has separate manage tool for tutors to view students' data and push messages on demand. Welcome to create a tutor account and join VSO external tutor program. Any questions please let us know.
Vocabulary Study Online (VSO) is a popular course for test takers to prepare English vocabulary. It has built in dozens of proven word lists for main English exams, such as IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, SAT, ACT, GRE, TOEIC, MELAB, and ECPE. However, VSO isn't just a hub of word lists. It's powered by AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology to help student build vocabulary with efficient way and by own pace. In addition, VSO offers interface to let tutors guide students like traditional educating, so it isn't just a simple online app. By default the AI scheduler of examword.com will drive students' studying and reviewing, and push them to achieve their goals as soon as possible.

VSO is a free program for all students. If you don't study, review, or test over 7 days, VSO will send a reminder email to push you forward. If you dislike the reminder, you can cancel it from email's bottom link.

If you don't touch current course - not study, review, or test - over 60 days, the course data will be removed. You have to load words to course again to restart vocabulary building.

As for VIP account, VSO data are stored as long as the VIP status active. It means your course will be kept until you stop renewing VIP. (VIP costs $12/year, details are in Help.)

Study vocabulary, especially prepare vocabulary for exams, is a hard job, which usually costs much of time and effort. Proper words list, scientific method, advanced tool, and experienced tutor are four fundamental conditions for anyone who is working for a successful test. VSO is a course with all these merits. To help you start vocabulary study journey quickly, the introduction will show you primary features of VSO briefly.

1 Account and Sign on

In technology view, VSO is a cloud based app. All data are saved at examword.com. Student needs sign on before creating own course.

So, the first step is to create an account at examword.com. If you already have account at this web site, you don't need new account. If not, you have to register an account through Sign On button. Here you need input an email address as account name, and click Register button, then you will receive an access code very soon. Using the email and access code, you can sign on your account now.

VSO is free. We encourage students and tutors to leverage this handy and smart tool to speed up vocabulary building.

2 Create Course

If you don't create course yet, please create own course through

Here, you should specify below fields:
  • Student Name: an identifier for you, like abc001;
  • Report Email: your test result will be sent to it;
  • Auto Report: if checked, every test result will be sent automatically;
  • Test Size: question numbers in each test sheet;
  • Words in New Page: Word number in new words page;
  • Words in Studying Page: Word number in studying words page;
  • Words in Locked page: Word number in locked words page;
  • Words in Review: Word number in review page;

After you click Create Course button, you will be assigned a Class No. (If you have tutor and he or she is in VSO program, the Class No may be changed by tutor.)

All fields in Preference can be updated anytime after saved.

3 Load New Words

You may add new words to own course anytime by
settings->Load Words

Here you can see all available word lists. You need spend some time to pick up the right one for your case. If you loaded a wrong list, don't worry, you can remove it easily, and re-load others.

Before load words, you may check 2 options on demand:
  • Reset Status to New if Loaded Before: If didn't load these words before, this option doesn't impact anything. Otherwise, if checked, original statuses will be cleaned, words back to New; if unchecked, existing words and statuses will keep as before.
  • Append Definition of My Language: Some lists have definitions of multiple languages. If checked, your home language's definition will be added when loading. Your home language is set with account, you can specify by Sign On panel.

One words list usually has hundreds or thousands of words. It has been grouped with sub-lists, which are called items. Every time you select only ONE item, namely a sub-list, to load. If you load same item twice, the duplicated words will be excluded automatically.

4 Course's Summary

By Settings->Summary you can view own course briefly.

Words and Marks
shows the current progress of vocabulary building.
  • New word: the number of words you loaded them but never touch yet.
  • In studying: the number of words you learned them, and will review them by schedule.

Here Mark stands for the count of your review. 1 means to schedule for first time review, 2 means to schedule for second time review, etc. When Mark is 9, it doesn't increase any more.

Review Estimate
shows the review words scheduled for next 10 days. It's for you to estimate workload.

Loaded Lists
shows the logs of Load Words. You can view what and when you loaded, and an abstract of each load.

5 Working Word Lists

In your VSO course, there are 3 working lists separately for
  • New words: you loaded but not learned or touched yet.
  • Studying words: you learned and will review in future
  • Locked words: Excluded from new or studying words, you don't want to learn or review any more.

6 New Word

After a word is loaded to VSO course, it's called new word no matter if you know it or if you will learn it.

New word list is the start point of course. After loading some words, you can open New Words page.

This page is designed to learn new words, each time it displays 6 words by default. You may change the word number by Preference, but too big doesn't help to learn new words efficiently.

There are 4 options for each new word:
  • Keep as new: leave it in new word list, and learn in future;
  • Change to studying: move it to studying word list, it will be reviewed by schedule;
  • Change to locked: move it to locked word list, don't learn or review again; but it can be re-visited at the list;
  • Delete it: remove this word from course, never re-visit it in future;

In general, you should lock or delete known words from new word list, and transfer just-learned words to studying word list for future review.

Learning new words from New Word List page is a daily action, at beginning, we recommend:
  • Your new word list should be less than 500 words;
  • Learn new words by alphabet order;
  • Each time/page focus on 6-10 new words;

Besides 2 additional buttons help to manage New Word List:
  • Add Other New Words: If the new words are less than 50, you can add other items.
  • Remove All New Words: If you think current new words aren't proper for your case, you can remove all of them.

7 Locked Word

Locked word can be a known or unknown word that you exclude from learning or reviewing, but don't want to delete. It means you can change its status to new or studying on demand.

Locked word list page is as similar as new word list page. There are 4 options for each word:
  • Change to new: move it to new word list, the word will be ready to learn;
  • Change to studying: move it to studying word list, the word will be reviewed by schedule;
  • Keep as locked: leave it in locked word list, don't learn or review, but it can be re-visited;
  • Delete it: remove this word from course, never re-visit it in future;

Locked word list page is only for adjusting individual word's status. It's not a daily action for vocabulary building.

8 Studying Word

Studying word is learned but needs reviewing. Every studying word has a Mark, from 1 to 9, which indicates the count of reviewing and decides the next scheduled date.

Studying word list page is as similar as new word list page. There are 3 options for each word:
  • Change to new: move it to new word list, the word will be ready to learn;
  • Keep as studying: leave it in studying word list with or without changing Mark;
  • Change to locked: move it in locked word list, don't learn or review, but the word can be re-visited;

Studying word list page is for adjusting individual word's status. For example, to keep the studying words less than 4000, you can move some high mark words to locked list on this page. It's not a daily action for vocabulary building.

9 Today Review

This is the most common feature of VSO. In vocabulary building, more than 80% of time are spent on scheduled reviewing, namely on this page. It's a daily action.

Today Review page is very similar as Studying words paget; both pages show studying words. The differences are:

Today Review page is much smaller than studying words page because it just lists the words that are scheduled on current day or previous days to review. In other words, it only contains words you need review right now.

Besides, Today Review page adds ONE point to every word's mark automatically; the words' statuses are updated already. If you submit the page, all words' marks will be plus one.

10 Quick Test

Quick Test is the primary tool for both students and tutors to evaluate and control progress of vocabulary building.

The test sheet is designed to check if students know or learn tested-words with multiple definition options. One test sheet may have 10 to 50 quizzes; and the test size can be adjusted by Preference. Each quiz is to choose right definition for given word. The test sheet is produced dynamically.

To make test sheet, you need specify the list of test: new words, studying words, or locked word. You can also define the test range among a list. By default, the range is A to Z, it means all words in the list; but you can shrink the range on demand.

If the specified list and range have enough words to make test sheet, you will see a new test sheet on the page, and the timer is turned on for new test. You should answer the quizzes immediately.

At the test sheet, you can see 2 buttons:
  • Check Answer: Check test result, show wrong answers in red. If your current score is less than 40%, the request will be refused.
  • Save Result: Save test result to cloud (examword.com) for future viewing and sending. If you don't save, test result will be dropped after leave this page.

Besides, if Auto Report is checked in Preference, the result will be sent to Report Email accordingly.

11 Test Report

The test reports are used for both students and tutors to manage vocabulary building. After finishing a test, student should click Save Result button to save the test result to cloud. Namely, test result won't be stored automatically unless the tester pushes Save Result button to save it.

Current Report shows the latest test report. Other reports can be retrieved through All Reports.

When showing a report, you can see a button titled as Sent it, which sends the report to Report Email.

12 Customized Words

You have 2 ways to customize words for course.

1 Update definition for any word

Each word, no matter in new, studying, or locked list, you can update its definition by Edit button. The button is the second one just below a word in list pages. When you get there, you will see it. By this button, you can edit or replace the existing definition as your understanding.

2 Add own words list

You can add own words to the course by batch. At Settings->Load Words, there is a button to load customized word list. This button will bring you to an edit panel. You may copy/paste/edit your own words there, and then load them. Each time, you can load up to 200 words. This is a handy feature to append your own words list to VSO.

The loaded words have to follow a fixed but simple format:

word one
definition for word one

word two
definition for word two, line 1
definition for word two, line 2

word three
definition for word three

Unlike other built-in word lists, all words in customized list will always be added to new word list. If you load same list more than once, VSO cannot check and exclude duplicated words, or overwrite original words. In this case, please maintain the lists manually.