Take this quiz only after you’ve been practicing your optimized, efficient saccades and broken
the “sound barrier.This should take a couple of weeks, so we recommend skipping the quiz for
now if you intend to continue reading. Come back to it later to track your progress!
Instructions: Read the text on the following page at the fastest speed you can, while
attempting to remember and store at least 80% of the pertinent details. It’s not necessary to
print this document; reading on screen is fine. If you prefer to print it out and read on paper,
please make sure to use 8.5x14” legal format paper.
Use a timer, starting and stopping at the indicated points, to measure your speed. After you’re
finished, use the table below to help you convert your speed to the standardized Words Per
Minute (“WPM”) metric we use throughout the course.
Once you’ve completed reading the selection, you will be asked a series of questions that test
your understanding and retention of the material.
Mark your speed and retention scores on the Progress & Goals Worksheet which you’ve
printed out and posted in a visible area.
Record this number on the Progress & Goals Worksheet
1. Time
2. Convert to
3. Divide by 60
to get minutes
4. Divide 520
by your time in
Ex: 02:55 Ex: 175 Ex: 2.92 Ex: 520 ÷ 2.92
= 178
Diagnostic Worksheet #3
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I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest
universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve
ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s
it. No big deal. Just three stories.
The first story is about connecting the dots. I dropped out of Reed College after the
first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really
quit. So why did I drop out?
It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college
graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I
should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at
birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute
that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the
middle of the night asking: “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?” They said:
“Of course.My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from
college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the
final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I
would someday go to college.
And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was
almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents’ savings were being
spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn’t see the value in it. I had no idea what I
wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And
here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to
drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking
back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop
taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that
looked interesting.
It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’
rooms, I returned coke bottles for the deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7
miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna
temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition
turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:
Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the
country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully
hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I
decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif
typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about
what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that
science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating...
1. The speaker tells us he never...
a. Graduated from college
b. Attended college
c. Understood why people go to college
d. Regretted dropping out of college
2. The speaker dropped out of ____ College after the first ____ months, but he stayed
around for another 18 months or so.
3. The speakers biological parents gave him up because they wanted a girl.
a. True
b. False
4. The speakers biological mother insisted all of the following except that…
a. Her child be adopted by college graduates
b. Her child go to college
c. Her child would grow up with siblings
5. The speaker dropped out of college because...
a. It was too expensive for his parents
b. He didn’t see the value in it
c. He didn’t know what he wanted to do in life
d. He figured it would work out “OK”
e. All of the above
6. Which of the following did the speaker not do to get by after dropping out of college?
a. Return Coke bottles
b. Sleep on the floor
c. Walk long distances
d. Eat at a Hare Krishna Temple
e. Sell artwork
Diagnostic Worksheet #3
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Record this number on the Progress & Goals Worksheet
1. Total Correct Answers 2. Divide by 7 = Comprehension Percentage Score
Ex: 5 Ex: 5 ÷ 7
= 71%
1. (A) Graduated from college
2. Reed, 6
3. (B) False
4. (C) Her child would grow up with siblings
5. (E) All of the above
6. (E) Sell artwork
Diagnostic Worksheet #3
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