Improve reading rates
The average reading speed of a school age child is approximately 200 words per minute
(wpm). There is only minimal improvement as we progress into adulthood with the average reading rate for
adults at about 250 wpm with 70% comprehension.
Reading rates vary depending on the purpose for reading.
Reading for memorisation - 100 wpm
Reading for learning - 100-200 wpm
Reading for comprehension - 200-400 wpm
Skimming - 400-700 wpm, however comprehension rates for skimming typically drop to approximately 50%.
There is a trade-off when increasing the speed of which you read and this is
a decline in reading comprehension.
The top speed readers in the world typically read roughly 1,000 to 2,000 wpm with 50%
comprehension or above.
Set yourself a realistic reading goal
If you want to improve your reading rate begin by setting yourself a realistic goal.
A reading speed of 500 to 800 wpm is a realistic objective with 75% comprehension. This is a good level of
comprehension and an ideal reading speed for general reading purposes.
The next step to improve your reading rate, is to take an online reading test and determine your current speed and reading
Once you have a base rate you can begin to implement speed reading strategies and track
your progress towards your goal.
There are many ways you can increase your reading speed. You could enrol into a speed reading
course, purchase a speed reading computer software program or buy a speed reading book.
Tips for improving speed
However the best way to quickly and easily read faster is to practice. Here are some basic
tips to increase your speed:
If you use all of the above techniques and specifically practice reading for speed every day
your reading speed will improve.
Good luck and happy reading.
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