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Offline NadirTopic starter

What Speed Do You Read?
« on: February 06, 2014, 07:45:02 PM »
I'm a dyslexic, so things like writing and reading are rather more difficult for me, but this test got me wondering about people who fill their lives with words. Happily, you guys get to be my guinea pigs!
 
Aren't you glad? ;)

here's the test

I ask that you put your results behind spoilers, so not to intimidate those about to take the test.

My Results
You read 264 words per minute.
That makes you 6% faster than the national average.

This really surprises me, I always considered myself a slow reader. I usually have to re-read a good handful of words on each page, and sometimes whole sentences. I had to re-read seven words on the test, and re-read a sentence twice. I did not expect to get above the average.
 


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Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2014, 07:55:39 PM »
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You read 320 words per minute.
That makes you 28% faster than the national average.

That doesn't surprise me. I don't read that fast all the time, but I can push myself. I like to read at a more... leisurely pace.


Offline Blythe

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2014, 08:06:39 PM »
My results

You read 599 words per minute.
That makes you 140% faster than the national average.


I read rather quickly, I suppose.

Offline impishcharm

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2014, 08:19:46 PM »
My Results
You read 324 words per minute.
That makes you 30% faster than the national average.

That is surprising. My friends are usually reading circles around me.  :-[

Offline Shjade

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2014, 08:57:19 PM »
Numbers
You read 369 words per minute.
That makes you 48% faster than the national average.

My score is multiples of 3. This pleases me.

Offline Serephino

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2014, 09:23:21 PM »
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  You read 359 words per minute.
That makes you 44% faster than the national average.

That's not too bad I guess.

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Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2014, 10:03:23 PM »
Of course, ask people how much they remember.

I can remember major plot points and subplots (or major information) for about five years before I have to re-read something (unless it's for funsies).

Offline Shjade

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2014, 11:32:38 PM »
How well I remember something is pretty much directly related to how much I enjoyed/was interested in it.

Offline Outsider

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2014, 04:30:38 AM »
guess I'm fast
You read 665 words per minute.
That makes you 166% faster than the national average.

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Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2014, 04:55:52 AM »
Maaaaybe...
You read 519 words per minute.
That makes you 108% faster than the national average.

I read a lot faster on an e-reader than a printed page, and that certainly skewed the results. ;)

Offline Mnemaxa

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2014, 05:09:11 AM »
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754 WPM, at 202% of the average.

I'm not really surprised, nor will most people who know me be.  My retention is solely conceptual, sadly - my memory relies of physical touch more than sight or sound.  I still have to look up things I should know by heart after decades of using some of my books.

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Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2014, 05:16:19 AM »
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You read 222 words per minute.
That makes you 11% slower than the national average.

Guess my ESL-ness plays into this.  :-[

Offline Koren

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2014, 07:53:47 AM »
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You read 1,100 words per minute.
That makes you 340% faster than the national average.

I did not think that I read that fast, especially being dyslexic, but I suppose it comes from reading from when I was little, and reading instead of playing with the friends I didnt have at school.
I did only get 2 out of 3 questions right, but i tend to not be able to remember such small details on a first reading any way, Im used to reading my books, and even re-reading my roleplays, at least three or four times, even for my non-favorites.

Offline Thorne

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2014, 03:59:25 PM »
Huhn.
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You read 772 words per minute.
 That makes you 209% faster than the national average.

Interesting. I did it twice - first result was a little slower, despite a shorter sample... although it was something I'd never seen before, and the second was an excerpt from a book I own, so that might have skewed it a bit. <_<  O:)

Offline TwistedAlice

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2014, 05:02:38 PM »
This makes me happy, I read a lot quicker than I gave myself credit for, and got all 3 questions right! Yay me :3

Offline lilhobbit37

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2014, 09:27:17 PM »
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You read 641 words per minute.
That makes you 156% faster than the national average.
Weee!

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Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #16 on: February 08, 2014, 12:08:03 AM »
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You read 1,560 words per minute.
 That makes you 524% faster than the national average

Ehh, not surprised.



Offline Oreo

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #17 on: February 08, 2014, 07:45:03 AM »
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You read 343 words per minute.
That makes you 37% faster than the national average.

I expected it to be slower since I enjoy taking my time reading. I like to let their flavor mingle and melt around my synapses until the words become visual.

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Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #18 on: February 08, 2014, 07:56:10 AM »
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You read 560 words per minute.
That makes you 124% faster than the national average.

Does not surprise me. I am used to read fast due to my work. There is often a lot to read. Practice and all.

Offline Oniya

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #19 on: February 08, 2014, 01:38:48 PM »
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You read 1,042 words per minute.
That makes you 317% faster than the national average.  Three out of three questions right.

And here I thought I'd been slowing down recently...

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Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #20 on: February 09, 2014, 09:17:10 AM »
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You read 713 words per minute.
That makes you 185% faster than the national average.

Not too surprising for me since I can finish a 600-page hard back novel in afternoon if left alone.

Offline The Muse

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #21 on: February 13, 2014, 08:23:53 AM »
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You read 951 words per minute.
That makes you 280% faster than the national average.

This is about normal
« Last Edit: February 13, 2014, 08:24:53 AM by Oniya »

Offline Daftlydaft

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #22 on: February 19, 2014, 02:49:43 PM »
Results
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You read 574 words per minute.
That makes you 130% faster than the national average.

Offline Braioch

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #23 on: February 23, 2014, 09:58:22 PM »
Cripes, I left the page before copy pasta could occur

But it was like mid to high 400's

Offline yobo

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #24 on: February 24, 2014, 02:40:04 PM »
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You read 491 words per minute.
That makes you 96% faster than the national average.

Which is about the same thing I scored the last time I took one of these tests.

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Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #25 on: February 24, 2014, 07:16:01 PM »
And I'm ridiculously fast. . .
You read 1,461 words per minute.
That makes you 484% faster than the national average.

*cough* I swear I didn't skim. The prompt I got was ridiculously easy.

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Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #26 on: February 25, 2014, 05:09:06 AM »
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Reading all three texts, I averaged at about 402 words/minute, at about 61% above the national average.


Do people really read so slowly? lol  :P
« Last Edit: February 25, 2014, 08:51:15 AM by Dim Hon »

Offline NadirTopic starter

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #27 on: February 25, 2014, 08:56:11 AM »
Hmn, it's my suspicion the test is a bit bias to make the testee feel good and therefore more likely to share the test with friends, but do understand everyone on E reads, and reads a lot, so there's that to consider.

Offline Fabjuth

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #28 on: February 25, 2014, 09:29:56 AM »
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You read 592 words per minute.
That makes you 137% faster than the national average.

At the bottom the developers posted http://www.free-speed-reading.com/articles/what-is-the-average-reading-speed-of-americans which I think the test is based on. If so, it's based on an average of 410 WPM from a different test.

Offline Kane

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #29 on: March 08, 2014, 10:50:45 AM »
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You read 775 words per minute.
That makes you 210% faster than the national average.

English is my second language though, so you got to give me some slack... :P

Offline SavageBeast

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #30 on: March 08, 2014, 12:21:11 PM »
Dyslexics of the world UNTIE !
As expected
You read 316 words per minute.
That makes you 26% faster than the national average.

Offline rou

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #31 on: March 08, 2014, 01:02:03 PM »
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412-509 words (I did it twice).

Trying to fit so many books into my day, I'm often tempted to try and learn to speed read. Sometimes I've considered using software that flashes by one word at a time. But I realized that when I do that I'm missing all of the nuances of the text. It's better to power through parts of text that seem less significant or less entertaining but overall you miss important structure like paragraph breaks and stuff. >>

Offline RainyHigh

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #32 on: March 08, 2014, 01:46:19 PM »
1st try is
Uhhh....
You read 411 words per minute.
That makes you 64% faster than the national average.

Then I realized I needed to pay more attention to detail instead of reading fast...

2nd try is
pretty much the same but a wee bit higher
You read 444 words per minute.
That makes you 78% faster than the national average.

Offline Kuroneko

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #33 on: March 08, 2014, 01:47:34 PM »
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You read 704 words per minute.
That makes you 182% faster than the national average.

I should probably try it when I don't have a migraine, lol.

Offline Kane

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #34 on: March 08, 2014, 01:48:25 PM »
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You read 592 words per minute.
That makes you 137% faster than the national average.

At the bottom the developers posted http://www.free-speed-reading.com/articles/what-is-the-average-reading-speed-of-americans which I think the test is based on. If so, it's based on an average of 410 WPM from a different test.

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Offline NadirTopic starter

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #35 on: March 08, 2014, 04:45:21 PM »
Dyslexics of the world UNTIE !
As expected
You read 316 words per minute.
That makes you 26% faster than the national average.
woot! \o/

...

I didn't actually see what you did there for an embarrassingly long time *laughs*

Offline Dhi

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #36 on: March 08, 2014, 11:13:55 PM »
Hmn, it's my suspicion the test is a bit bias to make the testee feel good and therefore more likely to share the test with friends, but do understand everyone on E reads, and reads a lot, so there's that to consider.
From my earliest memories of school I tested as a college student when it came to reading. I know the same is true for a lot of us. Now this test has ranked me at about 400 wpm, which is below the average college student.

This test seems to be telling me that I'm a worse reader now than I was when I was eight years old. I wouldn't say it makes me feel good, but I do consider it exactly as credible as every other internet IQ test out there.

Offline Formless

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #37 on: March 10, 2014, 10:38:56 AM »
My results
You read 522 words per minute.
 That makes you 109% faster than the national average.

I suppose that's good since English's a second language.

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Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #38 on: March 16, 2014, 06:25:40 AM »
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You read 597 words per minute.
That makes you 139% faster than the national average.

I guess it's an American average? Would be interesting to know what my average is for my own country!

Offline alextaylor

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #39 on: March 25, 2014, 08:38:54 AM »
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You read 702 words per minute.
That makes you 181% faster than the national average.

I'm mildly dyslexic and English is my second language :P

Speed reading doesn't really care for either. Like I can read words all jumbled up and still sort out the meaning. Speed reading was an important skill for college.

I heard Americans read a lot faster than other countries, though. My own country treats speed reading as a myth.

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Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #40 on: March 27, 2014, 12:08:39 AM »
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You read 939 words per minute.
That makes you 276% faster than the national average.

Now if only I typed that fast...

Offline ererruz

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #41 on: April 03, 2014, 05:37:02 AM »
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You read 438 words per minute.
 That makes you 75% faster than the national average.

Doesn't surprise me. I know I like to take time while reading for leisure, but at the same time I have to read very quickly (and still pay attention to all the details) for work.

Offline Marchoisas

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #42 on: July 29, 2014, 10:36:03 PM »
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You read 388 words per minute.
That makes you 55% faster than the national average.

I impressed myself... English reading isnt something I rush-thru usually, but looks like I can read pretty fast if I need to.

Offline Wheeler97

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #43 on: July 30, 2014, 03:36:37 PM »
I took it three times...

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My three results were 203 WPM (19% slower), 264 WPM (6% faster), and 244 WPM, (2% slower).

The First prompt had commentary/dialog. I believe I slow myself down when reading dialog, to the point of a common conversation. Aside from that, I've always been a slower reader, though not due to any trouble.

The average seems to be around 250 words per minute, so every percentage point is 2.5 words per minute.
« Last Edit: July 30, 2014, 03:39:07 PM by Wheeler97 »

Offline rou

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #44 on: July 31, 2014, 03:36:41 PM »
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412-509 words (I did it twice).

Trying to fit so many books into my day, I'm often tempted to try and learn to speed read. Sometimes I've considered using software that flashes by one word at a time. But I realized that when I do that I'm missing all of the nuances of the text. It's better to power through parts of text that seem less significant or less entertaining but overall you miss important structure like paragraph breaks and stuff. >>

I took it again because it showed up. Since I last did this, I've decided to try and read slower, actually, and really appreciate each word, phrase, sentence, rather than breezing through a story. So my speed downgraded to 323 words per minute. But I think that's better for me, and better for the enjoyment of my reading as a whole.

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Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #45 on: July 31, 2014, 07:29:40 PM »
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You read 710 words per minute.
That makes you 184% faster than the national average.

Seems legit.

Offline TaintedAndDelish

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #46 on: August 17, 2014, 06:14:21 PM »
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You read 270 words per minute.
That makes you 8% faster than the national average.

Eh.. My reading speed really depends on what I'm reading and why. For some reason with this text, I found that I was having trouble paying attention to it and was spacing out a little while reading.  I was surprised that I got the retention questions right.




« Last Edit: August 17, 2014, 06:19:22 PM by TaintedAndDelish »

Offline BAMF

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #47 on: August 18, 2014, 12:19:41 AM »
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You read 428 words per minute.
That makes you 71% faster than the national average.

I think I would have done better if I'd realized where the "finished" button was at the bottom of the text. I ended up skipping a line or two as I was scrolling to find that button. x.x

ETA: I took it again once I realized where the "finished" button was to try and get a more accurate result.

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You read 559 words per minute.
That makes you 124% faster than the national average.
« Last Edit: August 18, 2014, 12:22:31 AM by BAMF »

Offline Soul Shocker

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #48 on: August 30, 2014, 11:15:54 AM »
The 1st has a couple of strange wording, and the 2nd wasn't so heavy on description where else 3rd is.

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You read 502 words per minute.
That makes you 101% faster than the national average.

and

You read 639 words per minute.
That makes you 156% faster than the national average.


You read 585 words per minute.
That makes you 134% faster than the national average.

Offline Oniya

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #49 on: August 30, 2014, 02:12:10 PM »
I have confirmed that I can still read the average paperback in an hour and a half.  I just wish I hadn't started the book in the tub around midnight.

Offline Kuruwa

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #50 on: August 30, 2014, 07:47:58 PM »
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I got 347 words... I'm pretty sure that I'm a slow reader, because when I read a sentence, I imagine the scene in my head, as detailed as possible, and I also study the makeup of each paragraph and how the writer composes the sentences... I've never been a speed reader.

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Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #51 on: September 03, 2014, 01:36:30 PM »
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You read 586 words per minute.
That makes you 134% faster than the national average.


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Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #52 on: September 03, 2014, 04:39:26 PM »
Tested myself twice. For pleasure I read and savour
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552
for work I skim read looking for information .

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Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #53 on: September 05, 2014, 03:14:09 AM »
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I read actually a lot faster than I thought that I could.

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Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #54 on: September 05, 2014, 02:55:31 PM »
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You read 332 words per minute.
That makes you 33% faster than the national average.
I'm happy with it. I'm in no rush ;)

Offline Soumis

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #55 on: September 11, 2014, 12:45:18 AM »
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617 words a minute
I knew I read fast, but whew!

Offline Caehlim

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #56 on: September 11, 2014, 01:38:20 AM »
results
You read 1,100 words per minute.
That makes you 340% faster than the national average.

This isn't really quite accurate, I read a lot faster with a small passage like that but I slow down getting through a larger or more interesting book.

Offline LackingInHeart

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #57 on: September 20, 2014, 06:54:41 PM »
Results,
You read 866 words per minute.
That makes you 246% faster than the national average.
but that's just reading, and a small section.  If I were to read the entire book it would be much slower pace because I like to take my time and envision all that I read, and ingest the words printed on the page on some deeper level.

Offline Dorcus

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #58 on: December 02, 2014, 09:46:49 PM »
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You read 2,173 words per minute.
That makes you 769% faster than the national average.

Okay.... I may have cheated a little and recognized the excerpt that the gave me. (It was Alice in Wonderland's "I'm late!" scene. C'mon...) But I know from previous tests and speed reading work that I read at
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around 1500 words per minute. 1200 if it's a difficult text, and 900 is I'm enjoying it, I slow down to act out dialogue in my head....

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Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #59 on: December 03, 2014, 02:39:20 PM »
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375 words per minute, 5 out of 6 right answers

Offline amarxnthine

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #60 on: December 17, 2014, 03:07:19 PM »
483 words per minute, faster than 82% of others.

Not too bad, faster than I thought it would be - and it was hard for me to follow the passage with all the consonant drops and things.

Offline VioletPanda

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #61 on: March 07, 2015, 10:20:31 PM »
  Wow, I'm kinda surprised. It was a small passage though...

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You read 686 words per minute.
That makes you 174% faster than the national average.

Offline Ket

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #62 on: March 09, 2015, 02:04:14 AM »
not really surprised
239 words per minute, 4% below average.
I'm not really surprised, because I've had cognitive decline due to my epilepsy being uncontrolled for so long.
I'm totally cool with my score. I'll just be over here, reading at my own little leisurely pace.  :)

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Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #63 on: March 31, 2015, 12:27:19 AM »
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70% above national average
Whoa. That actually blew me away. Now I feel bad.

Offline marblesoda

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #64 on: April 30, 2015, 11:28:38 AM »
All questions accurately answered (this may be because I've read War of the Worlds 700 times though), my reading speed is.. 479 per minute. *sigh* I've slowed down quite a lot in my old age.

Offline LostInTheMist

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #65 on: April 30, 2015, 08:32:54 PM »
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669 per minute.

Though I had a baseball game on the radio on in the background, so I'll give it another try when I'm not distracted.

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Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #66 on: May 01, 2015, 01:24:13 PM »
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You read 750 words per minute. That makes you 200% faster than the national average.[/Results]
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You read 1,238 words per minute. That makes you 395% faster than the national average.[/Results]
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You read 1,310 words per minute. That makes you 424% faster than the national average.[/Results]

''One's an anomaly two's a trend''

Being a non-native speaker, I must admit to being somewhat pleased with myself.

Offline eBadger

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #67 on: May 04, 2015, 05:19:11 PM »
304 words, 22% faster. 

I'm actually rather shocked I'm that fast.  I think I read a bit oddly; it's very non-linear, and I tend to re-read sections even when I try not to (I went back over lines on that blurb up to three times).  It works for me, though; I enjoy savoring a good book, and my recall from studying texts tends to be significantly better than most others.  Worth taking a bit longer on things. 

I noticed recently that Amazon's ebooks now have an intro blurb with an approximate time to read, which I find the strangest thing.  What am I supposed to do with that information?  This isn't mapquest, it's not about a destination!

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Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #68 on: May 30, 2015, 01:08:37 PM »
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You read 584 words per minute.
That makes you 134% faster than the national average.

I need to brush up on my reading skills!

Offline Sadtaco

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #69 on: June 02, 2015, 08:28:31 PM »
228. 9%. The way the opening paragraph was written really tripped me up.  But yeah, I already knew I was a bit dyslexic.

Offline Far eyes

Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #70 on: June 07, 2015, 04:22:32 AM »
238 wpm, really i am not surprised being a tad dyslexic my self, i am not sure how much English not being my first language matters i think i do more reading in English then anything ells. I think i probably read a bit faster when i am reading words that are more familiar but its also the speed i read at when reading books, i also tend to speed up once i get "into it"

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Re: What Speed Do You Read?
« Reply #71 on: October 02, 2016, 09:37:32 PM »
Hmmm I guessed about this much
You read 490 words per minute.
That makes you 96% faster than the national average.

I usually remember what I read, especially if I'm enjoying it. if I'm not, then I am just trying to get through it and remember the most important parts. Studying is where this happens. But most fictional stories and when I RP..I remember. Though from this I realize I need to start reading more to get my skills better... It used to be faster.