How Fast Do You Read?

I’ve been a reader all my life. I got the love of the printed word as a very young lad. During WWII when my dad was in the Navy in the Pacific my mom and I lived with her parents. My grandfather used to read to me every night before I went to bed. I remember at the time I wanted to write a book myself. I got out paper, pencils and then it hit me, I didn’t know how to write. I barely knew the alphabet and that was only to recite it, not read it. It took me more than 65 years to actually sit down and write a book.

But this is about reading, not writing. I found this interesting link on Huffington Post. It tests your reading speed. According to Staples (the office supply people) 3rd grade students read about 150 words per minute, average adults read about 300 words per minute, and college students read about 450 words per minute.

I took the test and discovered I read at 330 wpm, 32% faster than the average American (yes, yes, I KNOW everyone in the western hemisphere is an “American.” Get over it!)

Take the test yourself:

How’d you do?



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2 responses to “How Fast Do You Read?

  1. Rick Rueter

    If you are really interested, I scored 409 wpm. But I can read faster (for whatever reason) on dead trees. Fun exercise though.

  2. John Trim

    I took this test a few days ago. I don’t remember how many wpm I read, but my score was 170% faster than average. My mother taught me to read. Every evening, she read a bedtime story while moving her finger along under the print, and so I learned to associate the printed word with speech. It was like opening a window to infinity – suddenly, through books, the world was mine.