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How Fast Do You Read?
by On December 21, 2009

Abby Marks BealeYou May Read Faster Than You Think

In the past fourteen years, I’ve worked with thousands of individuals who, previous to meeting me, had no idea what their true reading speed was. But they all had their self-made perceptions.

Most consider their reading speed to be slow with only a few believing it is fast. However, if you can get a true gauge on your reading speed and compare yours with others, you may find you are better and faster than you think!

So, let me help you figure your reading speed. The easiest way to do it is to go to my website where I have just added an on-screen reading speed evaluation called How Fast Do You Read?. It is located on the right upper corner of this page. It takes a minute or less to get a result.

If you want to figure your reading speed on paper materials, use the following formula:

  1. On any material with consistent column width, figure your average words per line:Choose any 10 lines of text and count the number of words in each line and divide by 10. If your total is 79 words, then the average words per line is 7.9 or round higher to 8.If your total is 93 words, then the average words per line is 9.3, or round lower to 9.
  2. Time yourself. Read for exactly one minute.
  3. Figure your words per minute. Count the number of lines you have read and multiply them by the figured average words per line. For example if you read 30 lines in 1 minute and the average words per line is 9, (30 X 9 = 270) your reading speed is 270 words per minute.

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Abby Marks Beale is founder of The Corporate Educator, a professional speaking and training company specializing in helping with busy people work smarter, faster and just plain better. Go to

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