Editor's note: A newer, completely revised edition of this product, 7 Speed Reading 2015, is available. We will evaluate, rank and review the new version of this product when we next update the Speed Reading Software Review site.
Speed-reading software should teach you how to increase your reading comprehension as well as your reading speed. 7 Speed Reading is a top-notch training program that superbly meets both of these objectives, providing an effective combination of exercises and testing to help you improve both of these reading skills. The software wins our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award for its comprehensive yet intuitive and accessible approach to speed-reading. No matter what your current reading level, 7 Speed Reading can help you become a faster and better reader.
7 Speed Reading employs 15 core training activities designed to increase your rate of reading and boost your overall comprehension. More specifically, the application has exercises that help you increase your fixation span, strengthen your eye muscles and reduce subvocalization (pronouncing the words that you read silently in your head). The software also teaches you not to regress, or reread text, which is a common habit that can greatly hinder your pace of reading.
You can complete each exercise as you make your way through the step-by-step program (comprised of 10 levels), or you can access and practice the exercises individually. Indicative of its name, the software claims that if you spend only 7 minutes per day using the program, you will start to see improvement in just one week.
Beyond its guided training, this speed-reading software provides comprehension and reading tests. At the end of each level, you'll take a test; in fact, the software will only mark a level 100-percent complete once you have taken the test. You can also take the tests individually for extra practice. Testing is a crucial part of any accelerated reading regimen because it allows you to evaluate your progress and assess your speed-reading skills as you go.
7 Speed Reading is suitable for all reading levels, ranging from third grade to advanced readers. The training levels aren't tailored for specific ages, but the included reading materials are, so you can choose an eBook that matches your own reading level. If you have a younger reader, you can import text that is grade appropriate as well.
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The software uses different methods to achieve its speed-reading objectives, including highlighted word groups, paced reading and a tachistoscope, which flashes the words or phrases on the screen. The technique trains you to see and interpret words faster and thus increase your overall reading speed.
When it comes to the reading material used in the speed-reading exercises, the software has approximately 600 included eBooks. These not only include the classics you find with most programs, but also biographies, self-help books, business guides…even books on religion. In addition, you can access any online wiki text (e.g., Wikipedia) and import your own documents. This is a great advantage because you can train while reading books or articles you might need or want to read, anyway.
One of the most useful features of this speed-reader is that an unlimited number of users can create their own accounts and use the software. Most of the applications we reviewed limit usage to a handful of users, if not just one. This makes 7 Speed Reading a great option if you want to use it in a classroom, an office or at home with your family.
7 Speed Reading lets you choose specific reading goals, such as a words-per-minute (WPM) target. At any point during your training, you can compare your goals with your current stats and update your goals as necessary.
This speed-reading software also excels in terms of ease of use. Because it is modeled after the Windows interface, most people will find the software accessible and extremely easy to navigate. Instructional videos further enhance the software's usability. These videos are included in each lesson and provide tips and information for completing the exercises.
In addition to detailed instructions and tutorials, 7 Speed Reading also includes informational resources that you may find useful. For instance, there are articles about the importance of accelerated reading and habits that can slow your reading. There are also screen-reading strategies and ergonomics tips to help you get the most out of the program.
This speed-reading software provides robust reporting tools that enable you to see clearly how your accelerated reading skills are progressing. The application comprehensively tracks all your test scores and your continually evolving WPM reading rate. If multiple people are using the software, an administrative user, such as a teacher or employer, can see the scores and usage statistics for all users, making the software an ideal and valuable teaching tool.
If you need installation or troubleshooting assistance, you can contact the software manufacturer via email. This company does not offer a live chat option, and the phone refers you to emails or asks you to leave a message with your email. However, 7 Speed Reading boasts a response time of under eight hours. The software comes with built-in tutorials and user guides, and the help center online houses a searchable knowledgebase as well as FAQs.
The software comes with free upgrades and an unparalleled 12-month money-back guarantee. Of the other speed-reading applications we reviewed that offer a money-back guarantee, most are 90 days or fewer.
7 Speed Reading is the best speed-reading software because of its complete and entertaining approach. The application does a great job of teaching you not only how to speed-read, but also how to grasp the meaning and details of what you read without having to reread text. Moreover, the software is feature-rich and very easy to use, making it a flexible accelerated reading program for readers of all ages. Materials provided are grades 3 +, but you can import text for lower grades, and they have special deals for educators of businesses.
7 Speed Reading boasts comprehensive guided lessons, unlimited user accounts and a selection of more than 600 classic and current eBooks to use while you train.
The training levels are not tailored to specific ages.
User friendly, feature rich and effective, 7 Speed Reading is the best speed-reading application on the market.