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Top 4 Highly Recommended Reading Speed Tests Online

April 20, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 241

If you are looking for a quick and fun way to test your reading speed and see how you stack up against the rest of the world then a reading speed test is a perfect way to do that. A reading speed test calculates how many words per minute you can read by requiring users to press a start button, read a few paragraphs of text, press the stop button, and the typically answer a few questions about what they just read to determine if you actually read it or not.

There are a variety of reading speed tests available online, but some are just simple scripts that calculate the Word Per Minute equation of wpm = (# of words + reading time (sec.)) x 60. This is a really good equation when you want to calculate your reading speed on your own, but we should expect more out of an automated test. In this article I'll present you with my Top 4 Recommended Reading Speed Tests I've found online.

4. ExecudeRead is a website dedicated to offer us with pertinent info on advanced reading tips & techniques and comprehension skills. It also has a two basic "reading speed & comprehension tests" that provide the test taker with a timer, and a pretty decent sized article. When you're done reading you press the finish button and the test will present you with your calculated WPM. It also gives users a nice table that categorizes the ranges of reading speed. You can also further the results of your test by taking the comprehension portion of the test, which will ask you a few questions about what you just read and then provide you with a percentage of accuracy when you're done.

3. Illumine offers a basic test, but it is really effective at providing accurate results. They offer 3 technical articles for the user to choose from and when you choose you are presented with the timed article. Read it well; because when you're done you need to answer around 10 technical questions. In the end you are presented with the typical results of the speed and comprehension portions of the test. The articles are also pretty good reads! They also offer great tips on how to improve your reading speed and skills, overall improving your efficiency!

2. AceReader is learning software that is dedicated to reading faster and comprehending more as you read. I mention them because they offer a free reading test that is actually nice enough to make this list and take the number four spot on the list. Their free reading speed test comprises of 13 levels, the first four levels are for children, 5 through 9 are for adults, and 10 through 13 are special advanced levels. When you select a level you're presented with a convenient interface that has a "Start/Stop" button and a panel for reading that requires no scrolling, instead you turn to the next page via navigation buttons. The comprehension portion follows the wpm test and after that you are given the results.

1. myReadSpeed.com is the cream of the crop; a website completely dedicated to testing and analyzing you reading capabilities and providing you with detailed and accurate results. What makes this website so great is that they actually tell you how long it will take to read some of your favorite and most classic books! This website actually does not test your comprehension, it relies on the honor system, believing that you are actually reading what it's presenting to you. In the end you are presented with a rating based on your results and then it gives you a nice list of classic books and an estimated time of how long it would take you to read them. Here's a quote from their site: "You can select any of the classic books to receive and read in installments - absolutely free. Just choose the days and times you want to read and how long you want to read for and we will send you the installments to match the length of time you have available to read (or would like to read for)."

A speed reading expert from How To Speed Read, a website that provides tons of useful speed reading guides. You can get the full and complete links of these reading speed test sites here.

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