Speed Reading Test

November 21, 2009  |  Speed Reading

Do you want to find out how many words you can read per minute (wpm)?

(1) Click on the START button.
(2) Read the text and try to grasp as much as you possible can while doing so with the maximum amount of speed.
(3) Click on the FINISH button to see your results.
(4) See the box on the right for the interpretation of your results.

Nota Bene: The text that you are about to read is a short snippet taken from the Wikipedia entry on “reading”. If you are interested in learning how to improve your reading speed, the link on the right will help you do that.


“There are several types and methods of reading, with differing rates that can be
attained for each, for different kinds of material and purposes:

Subvocalized reading
combines sight reading with internal sounding of the words as if
spoken. Advocates of speed reading claim it can be a bad habit that
slows reading and comprehension. These claims are currently backed only
by controversial, sometimes non-existent scientific research.

Speed Reading
is a collection of methods for increasing reading speed without an
unacceptable reduction in comprehension or retention. It is closely
connected to speed learning.

Proofreading
is a kind of reading for the purpose of detecting typographical errors. One can learn to do it rapidly, and professional proofreaders typically acquire
the ability to do so at high rates, faster for some kinds of material than for others, while they may largely suspend comprehension while doing so, except when needed to select among several possible words that a suspected typographic error allows.

Structure-Proposition-Evaluation (SPE) method, popularized by Mortimer Adler in How to
Read a Book
, mainly for non-fiction treatise, in which one reads a writing in three passes: (1) for the structure of the work, which might be represented by an outline; (2) for the logical propositions made, organized into chains of inference; and (3) for evaluation of the merits of the arguments and conclusions.

This method involves suspended judgment of the work or its arguments until they are fully understood.

Survey-Question-Read-Recite-Review (SQ3R) method, often taught in public schools, which involves reading toward being able to teach what is read, and would be appropriate for instructors preparing to teach material without having to refer to notes during the lecture.

Multiple Intelligences-based methods, which draw upon the reader’s diverse ways of thinking and knowing to enrich his or her appreciation of the text. Reading is fundamentally a linguistic activity: one can basically comprehend a text without resorting to other intelligences, such as the visual (e.g., mentally “seeing” characters or events described), auditory (e.g., reading aloud or mentally “hearing” sounds described), or even the logical intelligence (e.g., considering “what if” scenarios or predicting how the text will unfold
based on context clues).

However, most readers already use several intelligences while reading, and making a habit of doing so in a more disciplined manner — i.e., constantly, or after every paragraph — can result in more vivid, memorable experience.”

About the author

ABDERISAK ADAM is an author, blog writer and a PhD candidate in the institution of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. He is also the owner and webmaster of www.study-habits.com, a website dedicated to the discussion of study techniques in the context of higher education. Adam is the author of a number of publications including 'The Study Guide PRO'. You can connect with him through Google+, Linkedin or by submitting a form.


117 Comments


  1. 595 words per minute.

  2. Haha, nice one. 🙂

  3. I doubt most of the people here comprehended even sixty percent of that passage. A follow-up quiz would have been nice.

  4. also you can change the value with javascript injection.. LOL, is this a reading cource of hacking cource?

  5. Hmm… 893 wpm and I actually understood it. I seem to be averaging around 900 depending on which site I use to test my reading speed :S (Is 15 years old)

  6. Need help!!!

  7. For anybody outthere, please how do you get 1000 wpm?

  8. I got 382 =^.^=

  9. i realy apreciate it and i will try to be reading everyday as fast i can.

  10. Duly noted, I’ve had quite a few replies on that issue and I want you all to know that I intend to fix it.

  11. The speed isn’t really that important, what’s important is what you understood from the text.

  12. Hmm… here are mine

    Reading for Comprehension: 436 WPM

    Skimming: 808 WPM

    I’m only on 8th grade and a reading is a hobby of mine (at least that is what my friends say.) But a good friend of my read “Deathly Hallows.” in like 4 hours. That is about twice my reading speed.

  13. woooohoooo 452 words per minute!!
    and im only 13, gooooo me, lol
    and dont say i cheated becouse i didnt!

  14. Congrats Beth 🙂

  15. yay!!! im 12 and i got 417 per minute haha put i dont think i got alot of it…. i got the main ideas but not the details

  16. does speed reading training work for people with dyslexia?
    Can people with dyslexia increase reading speed with the normal speed reading exercises?

  17. Sent you a reply to your mail, check it out! 🙂

  18. wow, 765 words a minute, thats the 4th test ive done with around the same results o_O

  19. Haha, that’s unusual…

  20. I had 647 wpm and I’m also 14.

  21. nice going!

  22. i always get around 720 and i’ve never taken a speed reading course. im such a dork. D:

  23. I got 140wpm. That isn’t good for a 14 year old, is it?
    It is crazy what some people get.

  24. Well, what really matters isn’t the speed but how much you’ve retained. I’d rather read 140 wpm and retain most of what I read than read 1000 wpm without retaining anything.

    Comprehension is key.

  25. dang’ You read 388 words in 0.43 minutes. Your reading speed is 902 words per minute!”
    I hardly understand what i read tho 🙁 this isnt gonna be good in 5 ap classes :/

  26. “You read 374 words in 2.16 minutes. Your reading speed is 173 words per minute!”

    This is what i got, i think i did pretty well considering the fact that i’m not pretty good with resource interpretation. This is practice is really good stuff to use for preparing for exams like me. I happen to go through my school website and the english department had to hav this link on.. 🙂

  27. WELL, i tried to understand the passage but the result is dreadful. i read with only 93 wpm and am now 17. i don’t how do i will good results in my english exams with my terrible english skills.

  28. you read 375 words in 0.12 minutes. Your reading speed is 3125 words per minute!

  29. You read 375 words in 0.58 minutes. Your reading speed is 647 words per minute! I guess it’s not bad, is it?

  30. i did 374 words in 0.35 minutes. Your reading speed is 1069 words per minute! man im so brainy

  31. 5274 wpm at age 15. I guess all that business reading paid off.

  32. You read 388 words in 0.02 minutes. Your reading speed is 19400 words per minute!

  33. I’m 11 and I got 996.

  34. 11 years old 996 wpm

  35. You read 375 words in 1.26 minutes. Your reading speed is 298 words per minute!

    I guess that’s not very fast, but I remember everything I read really well! I’m 13.

  36. omg im 11 and i can read 699 words per min YES!! i didnt cheat i can take a quiz on the thing!

  37. That’s great for a thirteen year old, congrats.

  38. I’ll consider that a challenge; making a quiz is on my to do list.

  39. Skimming is winning 🙂

  40. The more you read the easier it becomes. It’s always difficult in the beginning but improves with time. Improving language skills take time and doesn’t happen over night, don’t expect it to.

  41. Comprehension > Speed

  42. i read only 211 wpm.. i want to increase to 10 times more.. how???

  43. Training. Read more, read a lot and read frequently. 🙂

  44. i read 155wpm….. iam a 15year girl…. how can i improve my reading speed?

  45. Great question.

    You’ve already done the first thing needed to improve your reading speed and that is to measure how fast you read. This let’s you know where you stand so you can start improving the rate at which you read.

    Secondly, you’ll need to start reading more often and in longer sessions. The more we read, the easier it becomes. It’s a self perputating system, by reading (akin to running) a lot you’ll begin to read more and by reading more you’ll begin to read faster and reading faster facilitates reading, hence starting the cycle all over again.

    For further information, please refer to this article on how to read faster.

  46. You read 388 words in 0 minutes. Your reading speed is Infinity words per minute!

    beat that!

  47. 275 words in 0.49 minutes. Your reading speed is 561 words per minute! im13

  48. 512wpm on second try. Forgot to turn on clock in first one. 17 and i dont read books or have to read for exams. 917 on all 3 more trys.

  49. your reading speed is only accurate if the content is new to you. I could very well just read it once at 300WPM, and on the second time skim it at 1000WPM and still understand the same level of material.

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