How to determine reading speed
To determine your current reading speed, take your practice book (which should lay flat
when open on a table) and count the number of words in 5 lines. Divide this number of
words by 5, and you have your average number of wordsperline.
Example: 62 words/5 lines = 12.4 ' round to 12 wordsperline
Next, count the number of text lines on 5 pages and divide by 5 to arrive at the
average number of lines per page. Multiply this by average number of wordsperline, and
you have your average number of words per page.
Example: 154 lines/5 pages = 30.8 ' round to 31 lines per page x 12 wordsperline =
372 words per page
Start with your first line and read with a timer for 1 minute exactly. Do not read faster than normal, and read for comprehension. After exactly one minute, multiply the number of lines you have read by your average wordsperline to determine your current wordsperminute (wpm) rate.
