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Click ‘start’ to start reading. Don’t speed read! Click ‘stop’ when you’re done.
Reading speed is measured in terms of words per minute (wpm). To measure your reading speed manually, you’d have to choose a passage, time yourself for a minute and read at your normal pace. Once the minute is up, mark the spot where you’ve stopped and count the number of words you’ve read – that’s your reading speed.
Or you could do it the easy way by taking the free speed tests on this page. Choose a difficulty, press the ‘start’ button when you’re ready, read at your normal pace, then click ‘stop’. Your words per minute will automatically be calculated.
According to a meta-analysis of 190 studies, the average reading rate among adults in English is 238 wpm for non-fiction and 260 wpm for fiction. Most adults fall in the range of 175 to 300 wpm for non-fiction and 200 to 320 wpm for fiction.
Yes, you can!
But while it’s possible to increase your reading speed, research suggests it’s unlikely to double or triple your reading speed without sacrificing comprehension. In other words, increasing your reading speed drastically can make it harder to understand what you’re reading.
Here are a few ways you could increase your reading speed: