The History of Rapid Analytical Reading

At some point, most educated people get intrigued by the idea of speed reading. We have heard of famous speed readers, like John F. Kennedy, or seen depictions of speed reading in movies and television. And everyone wonders the same thing: is it really possible?

Arvin Vohra, founder of AVE, found himself pondering that same question during his senior year of college. Determined to be thorough, he read every book on speed reading he could find, watched every instructional DVD he had, and learned about various courses and approaches. Eight months later, he was able to read about 4 times faster than before.

Not surprisingly, when he founded AVE in 2002, he offered a course in speed reading. Almost all students increased their reading speed when reading easy texts like newspapers and magazines. But with complex texts, the results were far less encouraging.

The Rapid Analytical Reading Breakthrough

Determined to understand the missing key to speed reading complex texts, Arvin Vohra spent the next two years analyzing two key ways in which different people process language: grammar-focused and predictive.

Some students processed language based on the grammatical structure of the sentence. Others processed language by combining individual word meanings into the most likely sentence meaning. Those who understood the grammar, understood the complex texts. Those who guessed at the meanings of sentences did not.

Arvin Vohra used this knowledge to create a program focused on hierarchical language processing: using the grammatical structure to determine the exact meaning of each sentence, while emphasizing key components of the structure. Through this program, average readers became excellent readers, and excellent readers became outstanding readers. Every student’s comprehension level and speed improved significantly, even on complex texts.

What to expect if you master the Rapid Analytical Reading Method

Arvin Vohra used the Rapid Analytical Reading method on both the GMAT and the GRE. Without rushing, he finished the reading sections of each test with 40-50 minutes to spare. On each test, he earned a perfect score. The speed is noteworthy, but even more importantly, there was absolutely no loss in comprehension. In fact, because of the precision of the Rapid Analytical Reading method, reading comprehension is higher when using the method than when reading “normally.”

How to get started

The best way to get started is to watch the introductory video available here. After you've done that, you can work on the required grammar and analytical reading skills in our Vohra group classes, or get additional guidance in private tutoring.