Kurzweil 3000

The Academic Resource Center offers all College of Wooster students the opportunity to make a Kurzweil 3000 account. Kurzweil 3000 is a powerful software with both web and desktop options that provides accessibility options to assist in reading, comprehension, writing, and test-taking. Kurzweil does so by using many features such as:


  • Text dictation in Word, PDF, EPUB, TRF, Daisy, and on the Web
  • Reading of locked text in PDFs and images
  • Reading of basic math with Talking calculator
  • Options for text-to-speech with 31 voices and 18+ languages and dialects
  • Customizable reading rate and presentation
  • Ability to change background and text color and to cross-out text
  • Options for OpenDyslexic font and text magnification
  • MP3 file creation capabilities


  • A built-in dictionary with speech and pictures
  • Synonym button
  • Vocabulary study guides in both English and bi-lingual formats
  • Note tools for column notes, bookmarks, highlights, sticky notes, and voice notes
  • Online reference tools
  • Word translation of passages to 70+ languages


  • Templates for outlines, brainstorms, and graphic idea organizers
  • Word prediction functionality
  • Speech-to-text
  • Split screen format for use of outlines while writing
  • Bibliography options for MLA8 and APA formats


  • Options for creating tests with true/false, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, short answer, and essay questions
  • Lockable features for tests

These are just a few examples of features, and more are frequently being added. Once you’ve created your account, check out the Kurzweil Academy page for tutorials on how to make the most of Kurzweil 3000’s features!

Creating Your Kurzweil 3000 Account

Follow this link to get started with user self-registration.

  1. Please fill out the intake fields for first name, last name, and email address. (Please use your Wooster email address.)
  2. Select “College of Wooster” under School/org.
  3. For the External Id field, provide your Wooster email address once more.
  4. In the School/Org Other field, please type “CoW Student.”
  5. Once you have completed these fields, press the Add New button to create your account.

Kurzweil 3000 Windows or Macintosh application

Install Kurzweil 3000 on a Windows or Macintosh computer for the most in-depth support, including working offline. In addition to features for reading, note taking, writing, and test taking available in www.kurzweil3000.com, enhanced customizations and robust document modification or preparation features ensure every student has access to equitable and fair learning.

Download Kurzweil 3000 for Windows here: www.kurzweiledu.com/installv20_win_wl

Download Kurzweil 3000 for Macintosh here: www.kurzweiledu.com/installv20_mac_wl


Add the Read the Web extension to your Chrome or Firefox web browser to read web pages aloud with text-to-speech, translate words, and see definitions from three dictionaries within your web browser.  

Kurzweil 3000 Read the Web Chrome/Firefox extension

Download Read the Web for Chrome here:

Download Read the Web for Firefox here:

If you have the Kurzweil 3000 Win or Mac app already installed and would like additional voices to use with it, such as additional foreign language or accented voices, you can download voice packages from the below pages under the Additional Acapela Voices section.

Additional Acapela Voices

Download Acapela Voices for Windows here:    www.kurzweiledu.com/k3win

Download Acapela Voices for Macintosh here:    www.kurzweiledu.com/k3mac

Getting Started and Product Guides:

Kurzweil 3000 for Windows
Kurzweil 3000 for Macintosh
Kurzweil 3000 for Web Browsers (kurzweil3000.com)
Read the Web

Kurzweil Academy (videos)