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How fast can you read...

What speed do you read?
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Compare your reading speed to the national average.

Apparently I read 384 wpm which means I can read War & Peace in 27 hours. Would probably be asleep after the first 30 minutes, though.

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Re: How fast can you read...

You read 766words per minute.
Bit unfair I could recite the text, it was from HG Wells "war of the worlds,", chapter 4.
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Wow!!  395, but I think I might have skimmed it a bit. Wink
I recently bought a mega speed reading course but haven't got round to using it yet.  They talk about speeds of 1000 words a minute being possible.
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402. But why in this speed obsessed world (cars, aircraft, computers etc.) should we be concerned with the rate at which pages of writing are read. In one other test achieved a speed of over 700, but failed the following content test miserably, but understood what the article was about if not all the detail.
I would guess a personal rate of nearer 250 would produce a much more comfortable "taking it in" speed.
Speed readers, very often know the basics of the content of what they are reading such as company reports and pick out the details they need to know without the padding. The same "trick" can be done with new novels, the basic storyline can be picked up without reading every single word.
Edit: I think its much more to do with understanding the style of the author, than the speed at which you can read it.
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402. But why in this speed obsessed world
Edit: I think its much more to do with understanding the style of the author, than the speed at which you can read it.

@Petlew:- agree with you. I've often read a paragraph, thought about it, returned to it and re-read it again (often many times) appreciating the style and meaning the author intended.
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. I've often read a paragraph, thought about it, returned to it and re-read it again (often many times)

Yes I have the same problem......it's called 'dyslexia'  Smiley
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Re: How fast can you read...

You read 719 words per minute.
That makes you 188% faster than the national average.
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You read 2,459 words per minute.
That makes you 884% faster than the national average.
(Not sure that is even possible).
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I am currently most enjoyably ploughing through the Bill Bryson books (on Kindle, on which I read faster anyway I think) a very easy to read with a well thought out style and amusing author.
I suggest that I read Bryson much quicker than I do than some of the almost impenetrable prose of Shakespeare (I've tried, but never seen quite what the attraction is!!)
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@James and Chris:
Do they really have you under that much pressure at PN?  Shocked
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30,285 words per minute, I can read war and peace in 19 minutes apparently.  Okay, maybe I cheated a little bit and just pressed finish as quick as possible, my proper result was 500 something but I wouldn't enjoy reading that fast, when I read I like to get my mind working on what I'm reading, kind of make the scene in my head as it plays out.
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@James and Chris:
Do they really have you under that much pressure at PN?  Shocked

I've always read very quickly.  I skim a bit too much though Smiley
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@James and Chris:
Do they really have you under that much pressure at PN?  Shocked

I'm not even sure my reading score is humanly possible!
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Re: How fast can you read...

World's fastest reader reads at approx 4000wpm.