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Free reading speed tests to measure your reading speed and comprehension level

Each test only takes a minute or two. Accurately measure your English reading speed (words per minute, WPM) and comprehension level with the largest free database of reading passages.

Reading is one of the best ways to consume information and learn (at least until mind reading becomes reality). Bill Gates reads 50 books a year, at about 750 WPM (words per minute) with 90% comprehension, and attributes much of his success to reading.

Reading well means being able to read as fast or as slow as you need to, while maintaining good comprehension of what you read. This is the essence of what "speed reading" helps you do, and what tools like SwiftRead help you with.

Before you start to practice to read as well as Bill Gates does, you need to measure how well you can currently read. That which can be measured, can be improved.

Take the quick and free test below to measure your reading speed and comprehension level. Note that the tests are in English.

Or, if you want to learn more about reading better, read on:

Why are some people better at reading than others?

Can you actually measure reading speed?

What is a good reading speed?

How can I increase my reading speed, while comprehending and retaining what I read?

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Reading Speed and Comprehension Test Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Test", and start reading the passage below.
  2. When you finish reading the entire passage, click "End".
  3. Answer the questions about the passage.
  4. See the results of your reading speed and comprehension for that passage.

Pro-Tip: Use SwiftRead on the reading tests to read up to 3X faster instantly.

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