Speed Reading Software Review



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What is Speed Reading Software?

Speed reading is the ability to read at high speeds. Most people read from 200 to 300 words per minute. Speed readers can read 600 to 2500 words per minute. Some web sites claim speeds of 10,000 words per minute or more. The speed reading concept has been around a long time but new software makes it easier and faster to learn at home.

With speed reading software you have an interactive experience which makes learning easier. When attempting to learn speed reading from a book or audio CD, you have to time yourself as you read passages. Software programs do the timing for you which is much more accurate and much much easier. Continued at bottom of page..


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Ease of Use
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Appropriate Reading Material
No Activation Key
Progress Charts

Speed Testing
Good Bonus Material
Quality Manual/Docs
Understandable Goals
Easy Navigation


Teaching Tools

Audio Tape/CD*



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*Some features may be available as an option for additional cost



What to Look for When Choosing Software to Learn Speed Reading


This review turned out to be much more involved than other reviews. Usually I knew what I was reviewing. Who cant judge data backup software, or how well a razor works. They do not require much research, just testing. Speed Reading however was out of my normal area of experience. I had not even heard of speed reading before. The first thing I did was go to my library and found a book by Evelyn Wood on speed reading. I picked up the basics and the history from it. My web research also indicated that speed reading may be beneficial to children with ADD and Dyslexia however those points were not tested in this review.

It is well beyond the scope of this review to determine if speed reading works or which program is the best from an educational standpoint. However, I can see the logic in speed reading and I have setup some criteria that allows the training software to be compared on a level playing field.

If you want to learn Speed Reading then the software is the way to go. I tried a book from the library first and immediately found it a major pain to time myself while reading. Why not let the computer do the work? Itís easy to set up on your computer, covers several teaching methods and is simple for anyone to useónovice to experienced readers, even children.

The result of our testing was two clear leaders and the rest lagged far behind. Some were of questionable value and some provided flat out bad information. For the Help/Support rating, I emailed each of the companies asking a simple question about the software. The result was based on whether or not they responded within 48 hours and if they answered the question when they did respond.

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