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How fast do you read?


WhiteTruckMan

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Not a trick question. Staples have a little test on their site

Speed reading test

that tests your reading (and comprehension) speed. Apparently national average is 300wpm, and as a first (and only) try I came out at 539wpm, or 18h 10m to read war and peace.

I'm not planning to do the test again though, just a one off.

WTM

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dagbladet

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Profound. Is that Cantona?

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Aitchbee

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dagbladet - no 'tis aitch.

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Bingalau

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My stone skimming abilities have deteriorated over the years so much so that now my stones just bounce to the bottom with a thudunk (new word invented by me, how do I go about patenting it?)

However I have decided to have a go at this reading thing and see what transpires. All I know before I start is that I read three times faster than my partner. That's going by the length of time it takes her to get through the same book as me on a kindle. I can't understand why it takes her so long. Maybe she takes it in better than me.

Anyway here goes for this test thingy... I will report back later.

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Bingalau

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Well I seem to be the slowest so far with a wpm of 316. But that may be because as a former compositor I was probably looking for "rats" unconsciously of course.

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Chegs ®™

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If I like a book,I will read from cover to cover and am able to relate the story through talking to anyone interested.If I don't like the book however,I can still read it from cover to cover(hoping forlornly that it will improve eventually)but you can ask me questions about it & I would need to find the relevant pages before answering.When the family used to holiday abroad,my parents would buy upwards of six paperbacks "to amuse us during the car journey & on wet weather days" Three days of being stuck in the car on the way out meant I'd often consume a 400+ page book per day,and the remainder on the way home leaving two weeks for fun in the sun.I resumed the habit of reading when I discovered my mobile could also double-up as an electronic book,but progress slowed as it was taking me three or four shifts (takeaway delivery driver)to finish a book,but now I'm unemployed again(car crash destroyed my car,no car,no job)I haven't found the time to read.I won't bother testing to see how fast I can read as my eyesight isn't as good as it was (particularly the computer screen) so the result IMHO wouldn't really be accurate.

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Chegs ®™

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If I like a book,I will read from cover to cover and am able to relate the story through talking to anyone interested.If I don't like the book however,I can still read it from cover to cover(hoping forlornly that it will improve eventually)but you can ask me questions about it & I would need to find the relevant pages before answering.When the family used to holiday abroad,my parents would buy upwards of six paperbacks "to amuse us during the car journey & on wet weather days" Three days of being stuck in the car on the way out meant I'd often consume a 400+ page book per day,and the remainder on the way home leaving two weeks for fun in the sun.I resumed the habit of reading when I discovered my mobile could also double-up as an electronic book,but progress slowed as it was taking me three or four shifts (takeaway delivery driver)to finish a book,but now I'm unemployed again(car crash destroyed my car,no car,no job)I haven't found the time to read.I won't bother testing to see how fast I can read as my eyesight isn't as good as it was (particularly the computer screen) so the result IMHO wouldn't really be accurate.

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