Do You Read Fast Enough To Be Successful?
That’s the question posed by Brett Nelson in Forbes. He sees a link between speedy reading and success.
The most successful people I know don’t just read—they inhale information.
Average reading speeds:
Average adult: 300 WPM
Average college student: 450 WPM
High-level executive: 575 WPM
High-scoring college student: 800 WPM
Speed readers: 1500 WPM
Staples has on online test you can take to get a sense of your reading speed. It seems a bit flawed because it only includes a very short passage. Wouldn’t a lengthier test be more accurate? I believe I read faster after a few minutes as I get into the groove of a book.
I took the test and the results showed I’m a relatively slow reader. Most of my reading these days is on the Internet, and I’ve developed a habit of skimming that does not lend itself to deep comprehension.
I’m informed that if I kept up this pace, I could finish War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy in 27 hours and 7 minutes.
Confession: This was my second try at the test after my first attempt put me even closer to the average reading level. I’m embarrassed to be average.
I invite you to try the test and post your results in the comments. Click the image to go to the test.
Source: Staples eReader Department