Wednesday, May 30, 2012

How Long Would It Take You to Read "War and Peace?"

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I just stumbled across this reading test that assesses how fast you read at your normal pace. (My score was 369 WPM - 48% faster than the national average.) The free test includes a just a few comprehension questions and in all will only take a few minutes. 

The most interesting part comes after you get your results. You are then presented with a list of books (Harry Potter, War and Peace, etc.) and info on how long it would take you to complete these books. It also tells you how many books you can read on a variety of devices before losing battery life. This is a great resource for reluctant readers to get the idea that some books really are not out of their league. 

What do you think?


Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing this, Lee. I want to have my 8th graders try it. Although I think rate at which you read is overrated, I think this could help reluctant readers. Plus, it's kind of fun.

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Shaniqua Washington said...

Hello! My name is Shaniqua Washington and I attend the University of South Alabama. The course that I am currently enrolled in is EDM-310 with Dr. Strange. After reading your blog, I decided to try the test myself and I was surprised to see that my speed was 221 wpm in 50 seconds. It is really funny because I thought that my reading speed was pretty average, but the test says that I am 12% slower than the national level. Overall this test was fun to take and it is quite helpful. It encourages me to read more books on my own time since I can average at 2.9 books before recharging. Thanks for the blog. If you would like to contact me, I can be reached at Twitter @ShanWashington7 or on Blogger at

Unknown said...

Thanks for posting this. I took the test and, as I suspected, I read slower than the national average. This has always been a difficulty of mine and it's nice to have my suspicions confirmed. I'm in an education graduate school program and I think think would be a great, quick, and easy resource for students to test themselves. It may even give them the kick in the butt they need to speed up their reading skills!


Angelia Gafford said...

Hello Ms. Kolbert. My name is Angelia Gafford and I attend, The University of South Alabama. I am currently taking a class this summer called, EDM310. This is a class to help teach us how to incorporate technology in the classroom. I decided to test myself and found out, that I can read 220 WPM which makes me 12% slower than the national average and I can read 2.9 books before recharging. This was a fun activity to test your reading skills and has encouraged me to read more. I also, hope my classmates will test themselves to find out their score. If you would like to contact me, I can be reached at Twitter @angeliagafford and my class blog at Angelia Gafford's Blog. Thanks.

Big Reg said...

This is pretty cool. Sadly I find I am 16% slower than average. But the good news is I am at 100% retention.

I'm in my 70s and a bit slower in my old age. Well, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

Thanks, it was fun.

Anonymous said...

Fun, but totally inaccurate! How long it takes to read something is extremely variant on what you are reading and how interesting it is to you. It will obviously be faster to read Harry Potter (a children's novel) vs say War and Peace (a philosophical novel translated from a different language).