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.

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.


  1. I got 522 words per minute and second one i got 629 and i am 13

  2. 261 words in 0.62 minutes. Your reading speed is 421 words per minute!

    According to other accurate tests I have around that with only 50% reading comprehension. With my normal reading I can do 100% retention with slower. How can I get my reading comprehension up to par with speed reading techniques

  3. You read 275 words in 0.52 minutes. Your reading speed is 529 words per minute!

    Age: 15
    And i’m swedish 😀
    Gädda ftw

  4. Fast is more than 500 ewpn with proficiency on 85%+
    200-250 ewpn with proficiency on 80%+ is the normal.

  5. Grattis 😀

  6. Wow!!This is awkward cause I am 11 and my reading speed per min is 483 ………………AKWARD!!!!!

  7. you know whats awkward is your spelling abilities…

  8. You know whats awkward? Your spelling abilities…

    Two can play that game. 😀

  9. i reas 2900 a minute and im in fifth grade and i am 1o year old

  10. At the rate of 768 words, I must ask myself did I enjoy reading that? Answer is no, but I can.

    Usually i read between 350 and 500 words/minute, in which I have time to enjoy my reading as well, instead of just crunching it in.

    Reading is a bit like dreaming. Visions of things that never were.

  11. My reading score was 235, and I am twelve. That’s not the worst, but that’s not the best. I would really like to improve I really thing being able to speed read is really going to help me.

  12. When i press start it doesn’t let me click finish

  13. I’ll look into that. For now, try a different browser.

  14. Reading speed is 1398 words per minute…70% comprehension…not bad…

  15. It wouldn’t lt me click finish either!

  16. 2000 wpm and im 13. how terrific.

  17. Abderisak Adam

    I’ll have to look into this. It seems to work for some but not for others. Hmm :/



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