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Old 02-11-2014, 06:06 AM   #1
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Reading speed

There's a fast and funny test online at Staples where you can access your reading speed:

Reading speed.

Apparently I read at 700-800 words per minute, and it would take me a bit over four hours to read 'War and Peace' -- dunno about that though, since it depends somewhat on a books difficulty.
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:39 AM   #2
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791, though I feel like I had a bit of a false start and had to go back.
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Old 02-11-2014, 08:55 AM   #3
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I scored around the average college student mark on the first one, and on the following tow tests I scored high level executive and college professor. However, I'm going with the first measurement. Should I be worried that I'm at college and can't read as fast as a high scoring college student?
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:49 AM   #4
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Don't worry about reading fast, just read at a pace comfortable for you. Reading well and avoiding distractions is better than reading fast while distracting yourself with "multitasking".
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Old 02-11-2014, 12:16 PM   #5
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Don't worry about reading fast, just read at a pace comfortable for you. Reading well and avoiding distractions is better than reading fast while distracting yourself with "multitasking".
The best answer to this periodic returning subject.

When I´m reading I'm not on an escape.
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Old 02-11-2014, 12:21 PM   #6
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I read 104 words per minute. That makes me 58% slower than the national average. Oh dear...well, I already knew I read slow.
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Old 02-11-2014, 12:41 PM   #7
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335 wpm 3/3 on questions, when reading leisurely.

Strange. I count pages at 2400 char/page. The average length per word is (IIRC) 6 characters, so 400 words per page. Using the time to read on the Kindle, I read 30 pages per hour, consistently. That would be 12,000 wph, or 200 wpm.

The Kindle's timing is correct. If I start a chapter and it says 27 minutes, it is, +- 1 minute. I've checked it against the clock, numerous times. Something is fishy here.

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Old 02-11-2014, 01:00 PM   #8
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You read 311 words per minute.
That makes you 24% faster than the national average.

Of course I was doing it without my glasses. lol.
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Old 02-11-2014, 01:07 PM   #9
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1003 words per minute, 301% faster than the national average.
(That was my third try on a different excerpt. My first was 1018 wpm, my second was 906)

When I was trying for a different excerpt, I did do the Alice in Wonderland one twice, but I skipped reading and went right to the questions. That one gave me 12,041 wpm. Hmmm I might try to read War and Peace in the 47 minutes it said I could do it in...

And it's fun to see how fast one can read and retain the information properly. No it's not important, no it's not a contest. It's just fun.
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Old 02-11-2014, 03:15 PM   #10
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443 the first time when I made a point to just read quickly (didn't realize there was a test!) and got only 2 or the 3 right.

Doing it at a more comfortable pace with a different excerpt I got 369 with all 3 correct.

I think I was reading slower than my normal speed because it felt like I was reading twice - my eyes would be skipping ahead of where I was. I don't experience that sensation when reading normally.
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I found the text difficult to read on my screen. 346 words per minute. It would take me about 28 hours to read War and Peace. Which isn't going to happen.
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Old 02-11-2014, 05:21 PM   #12
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I don't dig slurping books one after the other like some McGreasy meatballs.

I take one gulp at a time, along with some wine.

I can read forum posts pretty fast though...
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Old 02-11-2014, 05:25 PM   #13
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I read 274 words per minute on the first test which sounds about right. I use to use a speed reading program to read faster and despite using the program, I read at that speed. I took it a second time and read 319 words per minute.

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I did 3 times just to see. I had a bit of a harder time reading on my netbook screen, but I did get all three answers right each time. I had I think it was 550 or so words the first time and the other two in the 520's.
Of the books I had only read one to compare, Wuthering Heights. It said I think 3 hours and 20 minutes which seems about spot on. I think I might have read it a tad faster.

I read a book in about 4-5 hours at leisure speed. A full book that is with 350-450 pages and so. Sometimes faster, sometimes slower. Just depends. Sometimes I plow through one in 3 hours when I just can't stop turning the pages.

I do know that I have a much easier time to read on e-ink with my eyes than on the computer screen. Even such a short text makes my eyes all wonky.
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Old 02-11-2014, 05:55 PM   #15
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I've always thought I was quite a fast reader, though clearly not as quick as some of you guys on here at 560.... if I was reading to study something I'd be a lot slower - if I wanted to take it in properly!

Not quite sure what speed you read at has to do with your "college" education level though?
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