Skilled Reading for Standardized Tests

The purpose of this software is to teach you to read skilfully. This means reading, with good comprehension, at a rate faster than the average 300 words per minute for university students. A more specific objective is to enable you to achieve a high score on the comprehension sections of standardized tests.*

Most, if not all, courses and books on speed-reading teach very little about how to read rapidly; rather, they mostly teach methods of skimming. Although skimming is a useful skill, by itself it is insufficient for success on the comprehension sections of most standardized tests. For this, you must comprehend each passage well; in other words, you must be a skilled reader. There has been much research done in the field of reading psychology, and this software package applies the findings of this research in helping you to become a more skilful reader.

*A standardized test is one that is administered to all test-takers in the same way under the same conditions so that each test-taker’s score can be compared to the scores of others. Examples of standardized tests are the DAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, and SAT.

So that you may evaluate this software, a free demo version of it is available for downloading below.

System Requirements:

    IBM-compatible computer, a mouse, and Windows 3.1 or later.


    Your screen resolution should be 800 x 600 pixels. You can change your screen resolution by following this sequence:
      click 'Start,'
      click 'Settings,'
      click 'Control Panel,'
      double-click 'Display,'
      click 'Settings,'
      in 'Desktop Area' adjust to '800 x 600 pixels,'
      in 'Font Size' click 'small fonts,'
      click 'test,'
      click 'OK.'

Download Skilled Reading for Standardized Tests - demo version (245 KB)

WinZip is required to unzip the downloaded program.

    Instructions on using WinZip
    1. Open WinZip program.
    2. Click on 'Open.'
    3. Browse to find zip file you want to unzip.
    4. Select that file.
    5. Click on 'Open.'
    6. Click on 'Extract.'
    7. Find and select folder in which to place unzipped file.
    8. Click on 'Extract.'
    9. In file manager or in 'explore,' find the unzipped file and begin using it.

To order the full version of the software, please click here: full version.

If you require the VBRUN300.DLL file, please click here. Once downloaded, extract the zip file and place the contents in the same folder as the software.

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