the speed you read

How fast do you read?

I took both tests and got 400-450 on the first one and 450-500 on the second.

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  1. I took a similar test, but I have a problem with the way those tests are structured. I read at different paces depending on my level of interest in the information, and the style of writing. The passage for the test I took was extremely dense, lots of useless adjectives, and I skimmed right over them because I don’t choose to read that kind of information. If it’s something I’m interested in that’s well-written, though, I’ll read more slowly to make sure I absorb all of it.

    Comment by Meredith on July 30, 2004 @ 7:59 am
  2. Both texts were very dense and full of adjectives, but on the second one I thought I was reading slower because it was more interesting, when in fact I was reading faster.

    Comment by dan on July 30, 2004 @ 8:11 am
  3. Wow, Dan, I guess you read pretty fast. I took one test, on the JFK inaugural address, and got 300-350 wpm, and they said 200-250 was about average, so you’re way up there.

    Comment by DaveH on July 30, 2004 @ 10:50 am
  4. I thought for certain I’d get a low below average score because it tends to take me forever to get through all the books I read (and boy, I read a lot) but I got average 250-300.

    Comment by Mel on July 30, 2004 @ 11:04 am
  5. This exercise/activity reminds me of the on-line typing test I took some time ago. I tried this out as well but with my slow browser the timer wasn’t activating quite the way I would want. I think I’ll wait until I”m at home and try then.

    Comment by danithew on July 30, 2004 @ 12:08 pm
  6. I’ve always thought myself to be a slow reader. I too like to absorb what I am reading based on level of interest. Stop and ponder. My first test was 250-300 the test revealed this was an above average reading level. I was on my way to the second reading test when I was prompted by a “free $50 gift certificate.” I started filling out the info, but it required DOB and home phone number. NO WAY!

    Comment by Babs on August 1, 2004 @ 11:00 am

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