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A Machine Tests the Human Speed Reader

May 25, 2012

Found this handy little speed reading test on the Powell’s Bookstore Tumblr 🙂

ereader test
Source: Staples eReader Department

SCORE: You read 605 words per minute.
That makes you 142% faster than the national average.

After reading the first paragraph I realized it was an excerpt from H.G. Wells’s ‘The War of the Worlds’!! one of the novels that I studied during a science-fiction lit. course back in college and much, much more open to meta-interpretation versus the film version from a few years ago. Other options for tests on speed reading include Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland — Lewis Carroll and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz — L. Frank Baum.

That being said, it was much easier to answer the little short questionnaire following the speed reading test based on my hazy memories of the overall story. I’m sure there’s also something to be said for speed readers who are familiar with reading text-online versus offline, and etcetera.

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