April 21, 2012
Posted In: Blogfest

S is for Speed Read Test

You’d think I’d read more books at this rate… and yes, I did get all three of the comprehension questions right. However, I should include a disclaimer: it was mostly dialogue.

So, how fast do you read? Take the test below and feel free to post your scores in the comments!


  1. A.D. Duling

    Hi Kimberlee, I just love your blog and ejoyed this and your q post! I had to add you to my A.D.'s FAV 5 of the A to Z challenge today!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Alex J. Cavanaugh

    I already know I read slower than most.

  3. Reina Laaman

    That's fast! I am a very deliberate reader. Technically I can read fast, but I don't feel like I've actually read it until I capture every word. Sometimes I read the same page twice just because….

  4. Anonymous

    1,219. That might explain all the blog reading I get done on a daily basis.

    I'm also floored by the 4,700 "World Speed Reading Record." That's insane!

  5. Anonymous

    Just as a goof, I did it again with the same piece I'd read and tried to click "Finished" just as soon as it would finish loading so I could see the results. In the time it took to load up and click the finish button, the result was over 11,000 wpm. But that's not what I wanted to see. I wanted to see the "You can read {book title} in {X} minutes." Apparently at 11K+wpm, you can read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in 7 minutes, and Lord of the Rings in 41 (which is still 7 minutes per book (because despite popular belief, there were originally 6 books)).

  6. Creepy Query Girl

    Yeah, I read it fast but didn't really pay attention to anything I was reading. I'm such a cheater.

  7. Dani

    I'm going to have to take this test… but later… I'm in the middle of work and that'll take me all day.

  8. Julie Dao

    587 words a minute! Not too shabby πŸ™‚

  9. David M. Brown

    I know I'm a slow reader and am very intimidated by your score πŸ™‚

  10. Unknown

    that was loads of fun!!! 525 words per minute!!! woot! so this english teaching degree is really paying off! πŸ˜€

    going to go show this to all my friends! thanks for sharing.

  11. nutschell

    i love that test! 907 words per minute–but that means I didn't really get to remember any of the details. I retook the test and came out to 570, but got a perfect score:)

  12. Caryn Caldwell

    What a fun idea! I'm going to have to give that a try. I'm a slower reader now that I started writing, simply because I pay attention to how writers put their words together.

  13. Kathy

    That was a fun test! I got 296, and all the answers correct. I like to take my time reading and enjoying every part of a story. I had to do enough 'fast' reading when I was in nursing school. Thanks for the challenge.
    Kathy at Oak Lawn Images

  14. Jaycee DeLorenzo

    Just a FYI – I miss you! πŸ˜€

  15. Heather Day Gilbert

    What a cool test! I was over 1000, which means I could read War & Peace in like 13 hours, supposedly. This does give me hope for some of the bigger reading projects on my agenda (Anna Karenina, anyone?). I used to do speed reading drills in high school, and I totally loved them.

  16. Donna L Martin

    Hi! My mission…which I chose to accept…was to continue to visit as many A to Z Challenge participants as I could even after the challenge is over because I didn't want to miss out on any great bloggers out there! Lovely blog…good luck with the rest of the year and I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

    Donna L Martin

Who is Kimberlee Turley?

Kimberlee Turley grew up in California where she earned a degree in Fashion Design from FIDM in 2005. Soon after, she married her husband, who was neither Mr. Darcy nor Edward Cullen, but he’d read her atrocious first novel and said it was β€œgood” with a straight face.

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