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Virtual Readability Lab

Updated: August 31, 2022 

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Virtual Readability Lab

The Virtual Readability Lab, developed by the University of Central Florida for research purposes, allows adults to participate in 5-minute reading tests. These tests determine the font or character spacing that help adults read faster, be more efficient and enjoy reading more.

Visit the Virtual Readability LabPrevious Readability Matters’ studies have shown these features are valuable to children. The longer-term goal is to expand this test platform to include a full set of materials leveled for K-12 students and their teachers, as well as content appropriate for specific audiences.

Pardon the dust! The VRL is currently undergoing updates. Soon users will again be able to use the lab to determine their preferred font, fastest font, and best character spacing.

Use Readability Features for both reading and writing whenever they are available; ask your digital content providers to add Readability Features where they are not.

UCF Virtual Readability Lab


UCF Virtual Readability Lab

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We want to study what can make reading more efficient

We are studying individualized reading formats – changes to fonts, text sizes, character, and line spacings, that can create more enjoyable and efficient reading experiences. We welcome you to participate in our short studies. Each study will teach you something about how you can read better – whether it is by recommending a font or a character spacing that you will enjoy more or that helps you read faster.

ABOUT THE VIRTUAL READABILITY LAB: The original architect of the VRL was Shaun Wallace, a Ph.D. candidate at Brown University and a researcher with a focus on HCI and Big Data systems. Visit Shaun’s website.

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