Thursday, May 24, 2012

Reading Speed

Do you know at what rate you read? Take this quick reading test over at Staples and find out.

My results:



The passage I was given to read was unfamiliar, but I answered the comprehension questions 100% correct, so I'll call that fairly accurate. How did you guys do? Let us know in comments.

(Reading test link swiped from Gerard over at The Presurfer)

23 comments:

  1. Anonymous2:52 AM

    Wow, you read fast. I made it up to 494 words per minute. Which is not bad, but I did think it would be higher since reading is my absolute favorite passtime.

    Stephanie

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You probably take the time to enjoy whatever you read, Stephanie. I do the same when I let myself, but when I have to read something unfamiliar I usually revert to the type of reading I learned in the military, which doesn't take as much time.

      Delete
  2. I only managed 300 words a minute. I always thought I was a fast reader, but I do read every word, no skimming, so maybe that's what slowed me down. It was also an unfamiliar passage but I can't blame it on that or the fact that it was first thing in the morning.

    The only advantage to reading faster is that I could read more books . . . .

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You probably retain more from the books you read than most people, Fran. Thorough readers generally do.

      Delete
    2. Yes, I'm somewhat disappointed because I only reached 373 words per minute, and I've always thought of myself as a fast reader. The passage was unfamiliar and I didn't skim, and I did get all 3 questions correct. But still, somehow this doesn't seem accurate. Or my perception of myself is way off!

      Delete
    3. When it comes to reading, I don't think faster necessarily = better. I'd love to see a test like this on strictly on what you comprehend from what you read -- that would give a better indicator of how much you benefit from the way you read.

      Delete
  3. There has to be something off about this because I got an unreal 1170 words a minute. I may be fast, but I'm not that fast, especially since I've given up coffee.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sure, blame the coffee. :) Seriously, if you doubt the results retake the test a few times and see if your scores are consistent.

      Delete
  4. I came out at 303. Not screaming fast, but still above average, so I'll take it. =o)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. There will be a pop quiz later, you know. :)

      Delete
  5. 763. I knew I was fast (been reading since I was 4) but that fast? o.O


    Mireya

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's interesting, isn't it? I never expected to get the score I did, but then I hate reading from a screen. Maybe that's what spurs me to read everything on the monitor as fast as I can.

      Delete
  6. Anonymous10:09 AM

    622 for me, and I answered all 3 questions correctly. Still, not even close to 1,000! This was fun. Thanks.

    Kathy

    ReplyDelete
  7. I find it interesting that it is 300 plus or minus if I read a news report, but closer to 900 when I am reading fiction. ;-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think I tend to read nonfiction at a slower rate, too (at the moment I'm working my way through The Rise and Fall of the British Empire by Lawrence James, probably at a fourth of my usual speed. But I love James's writing style, and there is so much data to absorb from every paragraph.)

      Delete
  8. I made it to 1700, which is a comedown from my glory days in high school of 3000 words per minute, but I figure I'm blinder now. (I got all three questions right, too.)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You make me wonder if visual changes (like having to wear glasses to read) slow us down. I didn't need glasses to read until ten years ago, and I remember being able to read faster when I was younger.

      Delete
  9. Sigh, only 364 words.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. One of my friends who took the test scored under 300. He's a professional copy-editor, and he believes some people like teachers and writers are wired to read more slowly because they are unconsciously looking for mistakes.

      Delete
  10. Anonymous4:00 AM

    Hmm, I spent 12 years in the military (USAF)...did you have an extra speed reading class I missed or something?

    My job in the military did involve following written directions to fix aircraft, so speed reading through that wasn't a great idea.

    I did retake the quiz a couple of times to see if the number changed, the highest I got it to was 598, but then after that quiz i started seeing repeats of passages, so stopped as it isn't fair to retake the same passage in my opinion. Although now I wonder why certain passages went faster than others.

    Stephanie

    (Anonymous from 2:52 AM who originally read 494 WPM)

    Stephanie

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hmm, I spent 12 years in the military (USAF)...did you have an extra speed reading class I missed or something?

      Not if you trained at the Defense Language Institutes. Cryptology here. :)

      I did retake the quiz a couple of times to see if the number changed, the highest I got it to was 598, but then after that quiz i started seeing repeats of passages, so stopped as it isn't fair to retake the same passage in my opinion.

      Agreed, and good to know.

      Delete
  11. Wow, Lynn that was awesome. I read 699 words per minute which was 180% faster than avg

    reese

    ReplyDelete