Reading speeds

I’ve always thought I was a slow reader so when I saw this speed reading test I wanted to see if my suspicions were confirmed.

The test, created by Staples, times how long it takes you to read one page of text from an ebook. To check how much you’ve actually read it asks you a couple of questions about the content. And then it calculates your score. I read 186 words in 44 seconds and this gave me a score of 254 words per minute (wpm). To put your score in context you are provided with some other examples. On the scale my score was bang on the average reading speed of a student in 8th grade (year 9)! The average adult reads 300 wpm and the world speed reading champion is somewhere around 4000.

To find out your score have a go for yourself:

ereader test
Source: Staples eReader Department

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I am a freelance writer, editor and trainer. A librarian in a former life.

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