SOLAR Read is a computer based learning aid to improve reading ability. It is suitable for learners from grade 1 to grade 12 and beyond. The program is structured to first TEACH students (control eye movement, column reading, flash cards) and then do a five step reading ability test comprising of spelling, vocabulary, reading speed measurement, comprehension and memory recall. SOLAR Read was developed in South Africa and currently features reading passages in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa. SOLAR Read has been in use since late 2002 in schools and households alike. Feedback from users indicate that using SOLAR Read in two one-hour sessions per week yields a marked improvement in the student's overall reading ability.