In accordance with the teachings described herein, systems and methods are provided for measuring a user's comprehension of subject matter of a text. A summary generated by the user is received, where the summary summarizes the text. The summary is processed to determine a first numerical measure indicative of a similarity between the summary and a reference summary. The summary is processed to determine a second numerical measure indicative of a degree to which a single sentence of the summary summarizes an entirety of the text. The summary is processed to determine a third numerical measure indicative of a degree of copying in the summary of multi-word sequences present in the text. A numerical model is applied to the first numerical measure, the second numerical measure and the third numerical measure to determine a score for the summary indicative of the user's comprehension of the subject matter of the text.