Elevate Brain Training App Review

August 30th, 2017

Brain training is not a modern phenomenon. From simple crosswords in newspapers to sophisticated apps, it has evolved considerably over the years. There is a plethora of apps out there that you can use to exercise your brain. However, only a few of these have managed to gain traction and Elevate is one of them.

First launched in May 2014, Elevate is a cognitive tool that helps you enhance communication and analytical skills. It also improves memory and focus. Since its launch, it has been downloaded 15 million times via the App Store and Google Play Store. Moreover, Apple named it the ‘App of the Year’ in 2014.

We looked at Elevate in detail to find out what sets it apart from its competitors. Mentioned below are some of its enticing traits;

How it works

The app will give you access to more than 40 games that will help you improve your writing, cognition and analytical skills. Once you download the app, it will ask you about specific areas that require training.

After you select from the options provided, it will give you a 2-4-minute test so you can personalize your training plan. It will then give an elevate proficiency quotient for each skill that will show your level of proficiency in it.

After you have seen your results, the app will create a training program for you that will adapt to your needs as you progress. If you sign up for free, your daily training program will include only five sessions. However, you can also sign up for a Pro account and access all 47 games whenever you want.

The best thing about this app is perhaps its user interface – it is simple, easy-to-use and vividly colourful.


In the free version of Elevate, games start in a sequence. Your first task tests your writing skills and is not that difficult. You cannot move on to the second task though unless you have successfully completed the first one. The second task works on your reading skills and throws a number of words at you. The number of words per minute increases as you progress.

While some apps rely on shapes and patterns, Elevate focuses on text; so, in some games you are required to correct grammar, and in others you might have to pick out some piece of information. Although the games may seem childish and sometimes they are, Elevate has struck a balance between fun and challenging.

Who is it for?

While anybody can access the app, it is quite useful for younger adults, especially students, as it greatly improves your grammar and writing skills. Also, its interesting games help increase the user’s attention span. Moreover, this app can also prove to be quite useful for people whose first language is not English. By using this app, they can improve their vocabulary, reading speed, grammar and sentences.

The downside of this app could be that people with weak English might not feel comfortable using it.

Additional Features

Apart from its captivating games, the app comes with some very handy features that distinguish it from the other apps. The tab at the bottom allows you to keep a track of your performance in each skill. You can also check your ranking, but only once you have completed the entire training for the day.

The app also allows you to share your performance with your friends on social media. You can view your activity once you upgrade to Pro. Another option gives you access to study material, but only once you have completed five daily training sessions. There is also a notifications tab that shares news related to your training. Also, you can set up Elevate to remind you of brain training so you don’t miss your day’s session in case you forget to use it someday.


Although the app can be downloaded for free, you have limited options to avail in the free version since most games and features are locked in the pro version. So, if you really want to take advantage of this mental gym, you will have to shell out $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year.

You can, however, replay all the games that you have unlocked by successfully completing challenges. This means the more challenges you complete, the more games you can play. If you are not sure about the Pro version, you can sign up for a 14-day free trial and opt for it once you are satisfied.

According to a study published in the Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, people who indulge in an hour-long brain training can increase their IQ by five points. Elevate can be really helpful in this regard.

There are hardly any glitches or downsides to this app. And as a user I can understand why it was chosen as the App of the Year. Among a plethora of brain-training apps, Elevate stands out due to its friendly and clean interface.