Can you become a reading pro with AceReader?
AceReader is an award-winning speed reading software that aims to significantly improve the reader’s reading capabilities, making it prompt, fast and smooth. Among other tutors available on the market, this program stands out due to the fact it has been operational for 20 years and has helped thousands of individuals with their reading.
AceReader is used in Learning Centers across the globe, as well as by the US Air Force Academy and hundreds of colleges, universities and institutions.
AceReader – Overview & Highlights
AceReader offers unique features which have helped the software become a popular choice among individuals and educational institutions. Some of them are listed below:
- Easy and fun: While using the program, you will come across ‘The Course Mode’ which takes you through a personalized training course. There are also various fun to play and extremely effective eye exercise games.
- Use your own material: The program provides different types of content for practicing, and it allows to use own material for games, tests or reading drills.
- Flexible: Aside from the fact you can incorporate third-party content, you can upload data from text files as well as .doc, email, pdf files and other formats.
- Customer support: Should you face any challenges, you can always get in touch with their customer support and get immediate assistance.
- Editions: The Personal, Family and Education editions are cloud based, while Classic (Elite) is accessible through a desktop installation.
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AceReader Course Structure
Similar to other tutors such as 7-Speed-Reading, AceReader is a user-friendly program that suits all students from Grade 3 to college and adult levels. Independent from cloud or desktop the version, users can navigate the tutor through a startup menu and choose from 3 different modes: Course Mode, Menu Mode and Reading Mode.
Course Mode – Course Mode will take you through all the tests and lessons and will adapt to your needs and skills during the activities. It is an automated step-by-step guide and you just need to follow the program’s outline to work on all core techniques.
Menu Mode – This is the manual way to select tests, drills and games based on your preferences and interests. Learn at your own pace.
Reading Mode – You can decide how you are going to use AceReader. The reading mode allows to import digital content from eBooks, documents and web resources, and then tailor that content to practice the different reading strategies.
AceReader Features – All Versions
There are several versions available to meet different educational and administrative needs: AceReader Personal, Family, Education and Classic. Apart from accessibility, pricing, number of user accounts or administration, there are, however, no big differences when it comes to the core features.
- Startup screen with three modes of operation as described above.
- There are 13 levels of text complexities suitable for all grades and ages.
- Leveled and themed activities
- Eliminate bad reading habits through effective reading drills.
- Practice reading with a flash card game with different versions available for young and adult users. Students can also enjoy vocabulary exercises.
- Daily progress indicator, administration functions and spell checker
- Practice with preselected eBooks that have been picked out carefully.
- Option to set goals and track progress of your target reading speed.
- All editions include basic video tutorials.
Themed exercises – There are 1000+ leveled and themed activities including American History, famous People, Earth and Space science, fun facts along with ACT and SAT preparation test sets
Bad reading habits – Eliminate bad reading habits through effective reading drills. Choose from five categories including “eliminate re-reading”, “minimize subvocalization”, “expand eye-fixation zone”, “increase re-fixation speed” and “reduce eye fixation time”.
Reports and Management – The program lets you view your overall progression by viewing progress charts. Additionally, you can also look at your test results and score while emailing your results to others is also an option. You may also log in as the administrator and enjoy exclusive rights such as class management, creating reports and many others.
Support – AceReader’s support is quite unmatched because if you have any kind of queries, concerns or issues, you can get in touch with their support staff by email, phone or from within the online editions. You can also get advice from watching tutorial videos available on its site or on social media.
AceReader – Personal and Family Edition
These are the most recent online versions targeting individual learners to improve their reading performance and comprehension. They are suitable for school and college students as well as for adults and professionals.
What you get – From a technical point, both versions are based on the Education edition and just lack the administrative features that are necessary to set up the tutor for schools or businesses. I have already mentioned some of the core features above, and the most important methods to teach you better reading skills are grouped around themed comprehension tests, eye pacing drills and exe exercises games.
How to use – There hundreds of reading activities to improve both speed and comprehension. You can choose to go through the automated course mode or create you own lesson plan with own web content. AceReader recommends to use it for 15 minutes every two or three days.
What’s different? – The main difference between Family and Personal are the user accounts. Family allows to create multiple user accounts while Personal is limited to a single user. Since you can have more than one user in Family, you will also get additional progress tracking and admin features to manage those accounts effectively.
Pricing: Subscription based model. $39/year Personal. $59/year Family.
AceReader – Education Edition
Education is AceReader’s flagship edition. It offers the most comprehensive sets of content and administrative features to allow class room teaching. Since all online cloud editions are based on the same platform, students can benefit from the same core features and test facilities mentioned above.
Administration – This is the main difference to Family and Personal. Teachers can set up classes, create customized content, monitor a user’s progress ad send messages to participants. Students themselves can log in and see what their results are and how they have performed over time. Statistical graphs and reports will present those improvements visually.
Support – Schools will get their own domain and database to store and access all data securely. This way, the support team can also assist in customizing the classes to the needs of each school separately.
Pricing: A free trial is available.
AceReader Elite – Classic Edition
The classic version is actually the original editor and has been renamed several times. Known previously as Pro or Elite, Classic offers users the option to download AR on to their computers which is ideal if internet accessibility is unreliable or for users with a preference for offline learning. It includes the core features mentioned above but does not come with the many cloud functionalities understandably.
Multiple users – A difference to the Personal edition is that you can create multiple-user accounts as long as you are happy with the single work station it is installed on. This makes it still an interesting option for families who share one computer for general leisure and learning activities. It is available for Mac and Windows systems.
Stopwatch – There is a speed reading stopwatch to time your reading and provides you with the total count of your words you read per minute.
Other features – Furthermore, you can track the progress of each user separately. You can also upload own documents you can use in Reading mode afterwards. This is a minor difference to Personal and Family in which you are limited to import web resources only. There is still a free trial available to test all features for a few days.
Downsides – While AceReader Classic is being touted for offline learning it is also an ageing version with its interface and graphics becoming increasingly outdated. The features are similar to the online editions but the user and learning experience may suffer in regards to accessibility, motivation and viewing habits.
Add-ons – These add-ons can further enhance your learning experience and include a Spanish Test set with 260 leveled comprehension tests or a text-to-speech tool for Windows which is ideal for ESL or language students.
Price – The Classic edition is currently available for $69.95.
Pros and Cons
- Training exercises and games
- PDF reporting
- Built in stopwatch
- Easy to use and modern user interface in online editions
- Includes eBooks but also allows to add own digital content
- Custom article importing
- Excellent customer support: online, email and phone
- Available for Mac and Windows systems – Classic
- Accessible through all browsers and systems – Cloud
- Multiple user accounts supported – Family, EDU, Classic
- Extra training modules available on the official website
- Price for Classic is more expensive compared to Family Online
- Classic edition looks outdated; graphics, interface, sounds
- Subscription based model adds further costs in the long run
- Less focus on memory techniques to improve recalling
Are there any alternatives? 7-Speed-Reading, Iris Reading and Rev it Up Reading are well-known tutors and courses that have achieved excellent results to improve the reading speed and comprehension rates of their students. These are one of AR’s main competitors and interesting alternatives.
AceReader Review – Conclusion
AceReader is certainly one of the most popular and user-friendly reading software on the market. Both, the online and desktop editions apply various techniques to help improve the user’s reading capabilities and help you comprehend what you read in a better way.
Pricing – Compared to its features, the tutor is still priced reasonably though the Classic version could be cheaper and the online editions will be accessible for one year only unless you renew. However, you can try it out for free (desktop download) and then choose to upgrade if you like it.
Support – One of things we really like is the company’s approach to customer support. It is rather a personal communication than the usual customer-business communication. Try it out, there’s excellent online, email and telephone support available here.
How long will it take to see improvements with AceReader?
It is recommended to use AceReader regularly to achieve significant results. While you can use it as many times as you wish, a minimum of 15 minutes every two or three days is required here. At the beginning, it is more effective to use the Course Mode in order to eliminate any decision making procedures about which activities to go next, and to make sure you learn the right techniques straight away.
Will improvements last?
The software has an excellent reputation with educational institutions and government bodies such as the US Air Force or Naval Academy. On the other side, learning is like exercising muscles and if you skip training to often your skills will fade. Hence, you will learn the basic principles here, but it is up to you how often you will apply them in real life. The more often you use efficient reading techniques, the faster those methods will become a long-lasting reading habit.
Feedback – Have you tried any of the AceReader versions mentioned in this review? If you like to share your experience with this program, please provide a brief feedback in the comments below.