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Congratulations! You are 58% faster than the average adult reader!
I can be a real slow-poke when it comes to reading, I have to admit that. What it takes some people to read in two days I usually complete in a week! It’s a habit I’m not very happy with, so I was really glad I can across this neat ‘Speed Reading Test’ from Staples that lets you know how quick you are compared to the average reader… and how you square up with the world’s fastest word scanner, a lady with an astonishing 4’700 words per min. record! I may not be as fast as her, but I realise I’m not as bad as I thought either.
If you wish to take the test yourself then click on the image below. You will be prompted to read a short piece and then have to answer three questions to check you’ve actually read it. Simples!
Source: Staples eReader Department
According to the test I can read the following books in so many hours if I keep to my normal reading speed:
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy in 24 hours and 43 minutes
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand in 13 hours and 7 minutes
Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper in 6 hours and 7 minutes
Lord of the Flies by William Golding in 2 hours and 31 minutes
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck in 7 hours and 8 minutes
Hmm, maybe I should have timed myself with ‘Lord of the Flies’! I’m quite surprised that it says I can complete it in 2 hours. I’m pretty sure I’ve taken over 2 hours to get to chapter 3! Anyways… Maybe this little test will help me pick up speed a little as I feel more confident for tomes like ‘The Fountainhead’!
Take the test and post your results. How fast can you read?? You might be surprised.
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War and Peace for one day? without eating, urinating, drinking, and getting distracted, maybe. But that us still unbelievable! Let me try for myself.
Go for it. I will never get the pleasure of taking up that challenge because I’m too busy and can’t apply myself to long periods of time to any one book. I circulate and divide my attention between 3 at a time. That’s why it takes 3x longer for me to finish things…
I would take the stats witha pinch of salt if I were you. They don’t take into account archaic language, boring story/ plot do they?
How do you measure up with the reading test?
Amritorupa Kanjilal said:
I took the test. I am 110% faster than the national average. 🙂
WOW! You are definitely a speedy reader, well done 🙂 That means you can read War and Peace in half a day lol.
I read around 300… only 20% faster than the average person. Yep, that makes sense.