- Press START TEST. Read the text at your own pace.
- In the end press STOP TEST. Your reading speed is displyed on the screen.
- Press OK and complete immediately the questionnaire for conclusive results.
- Press SHOW MEMORY RESULT, check the correct answers and SEND QUESTIONNAIRE.
He stared into nothing from the 20th floor of the office building which dominated the entire city. His office was full of papers, the majority of them covered in his handwriting. He often had the feeling that his office had a scent of lightly dusty papers. The pen he usually uses is now laying near the keyboard, opened, waiting to be filled up with ink. This thought brought him towards his teenage years, the time when his fingers and pockets were covered in ink drops.
- Andrew, stop fooling around! – yelled his chemistry teacher when she saw him with an ink moustache.
The entire classroom started to laugh when she turned around and he, with a short movement of his wrists, an experienced and quick movement, splashed her with the ink that came out easily from his old and often broken pen. He got it from his parents when he started fifth grade and he was very pleased with it. But, after his first fight in the school’s yard, the pen broke, so now he kept it glued with sticky tape.
- What are you thinking about? – Corinne interrupted his thoughts, stopping in the office door.
- I want to give up on the pen. I think it slows me down, I am struggling to write with it.
- I don’t understand why you don’t give up handwriting entirely? Everyone is writing on the computer…. – Corinne answered with a smile. – You are the only person I know who is writing by hand.
- Corinne, I want to ask you to look up something for me – Andrew answered, ignoring her last comment. – I heard there are courses that teach you to read faster, you can…
- Don’t tell me you believe in stuff like that? Can you hear this Elena? – Corinne shouted at her colleague – What do you think about these speed-reading courses?
From the direction of the mentioned woman you could hear a strident and hiccup-like laughter interrupted with deep, guttural sounds. For those who did not know her, must have been really weird hearing her laugh. But Andrew got used to it. They worked together for already more than five years. He liked to believe they were a big family there, the change of the personnel being few and limited. Everyone he has spoken to along the time, were invidious of their office for its pleasant and relaxing atmosphere. They were curious because they could not understand how they could maintain high productivity levels of work in these conditions. Andrew enjoyed this and he was really proud of his office.
- I don’t believe that there is such a thing! – she said with a high-pitched voice.
- Corinne, please find out more details about speed-reading – Andrew interrupted with a false demanding voice.
- Until the afternoon you will have all the information on your desk – she said angrily, closing the door behind her. Andrew smiled with satisfaction, enjoying the woman’s reaction. They had a lot in common, having the same age. From the first moment, they got along very well, liking her smile from the beginning. She was a beautiful, tall woman with long black hair, with an elegant and well-groomed outfit. Her perfect makeup and gorgeous hairdo made everyone turn their heads after her. She was conscious about this thing.
Thoughtful, Andrew sat back in his office. For a few minutes, he got lost in daydreaming, with his eyes looking into nothing, to the black screen. The loud sound of the phone forced him to get out of this state. The pleasant voice at the other end of the line informed him that he is now connected to a psychologist.
- Good afternoon, Andrew! I am Marius Alexa, a psychologist specialized in speed-reading. I understood that you need some information…
Andrew could not hold back his smile, thinking that he only had to wish for an information and his colleagues did more than he expected.
- Good afternoon, indeed, I have almost developed an obsession for speed-reading in the past few days!
- There are a lot to say about speed-reading, reason why I would like to invite you to a free discussion about this topic. – Andrew felt that the psychologist tried to bring him on his territory.
- Let’s try to share some impressions first over the phone – answered Andrew.
- Okay, in this case, I would like to let you know that speed-reading requires a period of training for the brain and eyes, to strengthen their performance. Firstly, processing the meaning of an information is different from processing the visual information. This means, that the moment we read, we allocate more resources to understand the meaning of the text, in the expense of aspects regarding form, colour etc.
- So, you are telling me that when I read, the used font and the size of this does not matter so much that it distracts me from understanding the text? I understand… - said Andrew, thinking about the new information. – What else can you tell me?
- As I said, there is a lot more to find out about speed-reading. There are complex studies about this in the last time. But to remain on the direction we started our conversation, I will tell you the second important point that speed-reading highlights: the way our eyes execute the action of reading. More exactly, you must know that our eyes read a text intermittently, meaning they jump from a word to the other. Between two jumps, the eyes fixate the text, the moment when the word or word group is being read. Then, it passes to the next word or word group and so on.
- This means that when I read I do not go through the text linearly and continuously? Interesting! I would have never thought of this. I thought things are simpler. In conclusion, no matter if we read fast or at a normal speed, we read abruptly.
- Yes, your conclusion is correct. There are two more reasons why speed-reading is possible for everyone who is willing to learn it. Are you following me?
- I’m doing everything possible, however I am astonished by what I am hearing.
- I mentioned before the idea of reading adjoined groups of words instead of reading word by word. This is possible by training our peripheral vision and it also helps at increasing our reading speed. Of course, we need training in order to succeed. We are used to read only one word at a time.
- In this case, I will forget the old reading procedure?
- No, you will simply learn a new way of reading. The old one will remain, but you can gradually give it up while you will be exercising the new way of reading. The benefits of this technique you will figure out gradually, while exercising and using it.
- And which is the second reason that you mentioned?
- It is about a reflex that we earned when we learned reading aloud. The movement of our vocal cords remains at an indistinguishable level when we read in our mind. This is the reason why the usual reading speed is approximately 250 words per minute. And we can also learn to give up this reflex. But I do not intend to bore you with so many details. – The psychologist continued. – Allow me to suggest that we meet one day to discuss more aspects.
- Yes, it seems that it is better for us to meet! I thought that things are simpler…