Brainscape is a web & mobile flashcards app that helps you double your learning speed. We've spent years researching and building the best study tool.

One of our most popular questions throughout the years from students, teachers, and investors is “How are you different from Quizlet?”.

So, we figured we’d put together a handy guide for you! As you may know, Quizlet is a great product that makes studying vocabulary super fun, but it serves a different type of need and market from Brainscape.

Indeed, many people call Brainscape “the grown-up version of Quizlet”.

Table of comparison: Brainscape vs. Quizlet




    Content type

  • Vocab words only (i.e. definitions & translations)

    Learning modes

  • Multiple vocabulary games that assess you and give you a score

    Stated goal

  • Make learning vocab fun and social

    Spaced repetition

  • Basic (2 buckets: Know vs Don’t Know); requires Quizlet Plus to use it

    Content organization

  • Loose searchable "sets" (e.g. Ch. 7 biology); some "classes" (e.g. Ms. Jones' Biology Class)

    Learning data

  • A separate scoreboard for each vocab game, in each set


  • Web, iOS, Android

    Primary users

  • Mostly K-12, with some college & professional

    Private enterprise licenses available

  • No (at least not yet)


  • Free basic mode; upgrade for Quizlet Plus
  • Any type of rich media that can fit on a flashcard
  • A focused, self-driven "adaptive flashcard" experience where you rate your own confidence in each flashcard
  • Learn faster and remember longer
  • Confidence-Based Repetition (5 Leitner confidence buckets); included in free version
  • Organized "subjects" (e.g. Biology 101), which each come with a full curriculum of "decks" (e.g. Ch 1 – Ch 25)
  • A rich, hierarchical dashboard of learner mastery at each level of the curriculum
  • Web, iOS, Android
  • Some advanced high school students; but mostly higher ed, medical, law, finance, & corporate
  • Yes
  • Free basic mode; upgrade for Brainscape Pro

We hope this comparison is helpful! If you want to learn more about the science behind Brainscape, check out our white paper on spaced repetition.