The Best Way to Test Your Reading Speed
Most people have never measured their reading speed. And even when they do, they don’t always measure the reading speed accurately.
This article will discuss the best way to measure your speed with accuracy. Measuring your reading speed this way will give you a better idea of where you are as a reader.
Choose 3 Types of Reading Material
If you’re trying to measure your reading speed accurately, you need to think about the various types of material that you normally read. Your reading speed fluctuates based on the type of material you are reading. So we need to measure it more than once.
If you’re like most people, you probably read between three different categories of material:
- Easy material
- Medium-level material
- Difficult material.
Find those three types of material. For you this might mean a magazine (easy material), a novel (medium-level material), and a textbook (difficult material).
Measure Your Reading Speed in Those 3 Types of Material
Read for one minute in each of the three levels of material. Record your words per minute (wpm) reading rate each time. To measure your words per minute rate just count all the words you read during the minute.
Now you have 3 scores. One represents your reading speed in easy material. The other represents your speed in medium-level material. And the third measures how fast you read difficult material. You can now think of your reading speed as more of a range instead of just one number.
By measuring your reading speed in three types of material you’ll get a better idea of your overall reading speed. This is the best way to measure your reading speed.
Paul is the founder of Iris Reading, the largest provider of speed-reading and memory courses. His workshops have been taught to thousands of students and professionals worldwide at institutions that include: NASA, Google, HSBC and many Fortune 500 companies.