Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

What speed do you read?

speed-read.jpg
speed-read-2.jpg
spped-read-3.jpg

How long does it take you to a read a book? Are you a speedy reader who can skim paragraphs effortlessly whilst still taking in the story, boasting that you finished the latest best-seller "in a few hours"? Or can you only devour a book properly by devoting plenty of time to every line?

Well now you can find out whether you really are a quick reader, thanks to this interesting test by American office supplies giant (and e-book seller) Staples.

The online test asks you to read a paragraph on a mock-up of an e-book, and then answer a few questions on the text (so just skimming won't get you very far), then compares your results to the US National Average to give you a speed-reading score.

We tried the test on Monday morning pre-coffee, and felt quite pleased with our result of 94% higher than the national average. Until we looked at the graph and saw we were still below 'High Level Executives', 'College Professors' and 'High Scoring College Students' (guess our skills has slipped somewhat since we graduated many years ago). Our efforts also looked feeble compared to the World Speed Reading champion (she's Anne Jones, six times winner of the World Speed Reading Championship, in case you're wondering), who can digest an impressive 4700 words per minute. We're blaming the lack of coffee on our result. And will be trying again to get a better score.

Want to try the test for yourself? Simply click on the link below - and comment or tweet us with your scores @StylistMagazine.

Related

rexfeatures_1535831a.jpg

40 must-see erotic films and books

maybookhero.jpg

Hot new books of May

book.jpg

Re-reading books is good for your health

More

St. Vincent is giving this iconic novel a feminist film makeover

The musician is giving an Oscar Wilde project a major twist

by Amy Swales
17 Aug 2017

Erm, so that Hunger Games theme park is actually happening

And we volunteer as tribute

by Susan Devaney
17 Aug 2017

Scientists reveal why we really love the smell of old books

The groaning book towers taking over the flat are definitely not our fault

by Amy Swales
14 Aug 2017

The life lessons we learned reading Jacqueline Wilson books

Because yes, they're still incredibly relevant to us as adults

by Megan Murray
11 Aug 2017

Step into your favourite book at one of these UK literary locations

If you're a book worm with a penchant for weekend breaks, steady yourself

by Megan Murray
10 Aug 2017

Pride and Prejudice is getting a dark, sexy and twisted TV makeover

And, yes, this TV adaptation is in excellent hands…

by Kayleigh Dray
08 Aug 2017

The 20 books that everyone’s obsessing over this summer

They’ve been selling out on Amazon all summer long

by Moya Crockett
07 Aug 2017

JK Rowling’s heartfelt tribute to Harry Potter’s Robert Hardy

Farewell, Cornelius Fudge

by Sarah Biddlecombe
04 Aug 2017

A Sweet Valley High film is coming and it’s in excellent hands

Your childhood self is pleading with mum for a ticket right about now

by Amy Swales
31 Jul 2017

10 blistering summer reads you need to read this August

Say hello to this summer’s best beach books

by Sarah Shaffi
28 Jul 2017