# How fast can the average human read?

200-250 words per minute In non-technical literature, the typical reading pace is 200 to 250 words per minute, or around 2 minutes per page. In technical literature, a rate of 400 words per minute is possible but very difficult to maintain for more than a few minutes.

## How many words can the average person read in one minute?

According to several sources, the typical reading speed of most adults is between 200 and 250 words per minute. College students, presumably because they need to practice reading, speed up to roughly 300 words per minute. Even elementary school students are reported to be able to read 400 words per minute.

That means that if you wanted to read the entire New York Times article section (usually about 600 words long), you could do so in less than five minutes. Or you could read an entire book in one minute - it all depends on how much material you want to cover.

The number you're probably thinking of is the length of a sentence. The short answer is that there are about 9,000 words in a sentence, so you could read 1,875 sentences in one minute. The problem is that each sentence needs to be read completely before the next one begins, so you'd only have three seconds at a time without stopping for anything else.

This isn't quite as bad as it sounds. Human beings are capable of working with very little sleep, so we can easily stay awake for three hours or more without any problems. Also, there are things such as pauses and breaks that you can use to restore some of your energy, so even with three seconds only, you could still read over 1,000 sentences.

## How fast can a human read?

An adult can read between 200 and 300 words per minute on average. You may read significantly quicker with speed reading skillsâ€”around 1500 words per minute. That's enough to read one page of text every four minutes.

The typical reader can comprehend about 5,000 words in a single sitting. That's enough material for a short novel or story. However, many longer works are divided up into segments that are easier to process so that you can stop at any point during the narrative and still understand what is going on.

Some people are able to read more than this; others, less. It depends on several factors such as how well you learn how to concentrate, how much practice you get doing it, etc. But assuming you put in the time, you can easily read more than 5000 words per hour.

The record for fastest reading rate belongs to Japanese scientist Shin'ichi Suzuki. He was able to read a sentence letter by letter without making any errors in only 1/57 of a second! That's almost two million words per day or more than 100 books per year!

This means that if you were to spend your whole life reading, you could still never hope to reach even half of Suzuki's total output.

## How many words per minute do you read?

Adults who read for enjoyment generally read at a rate of around 300 words per minute. Technical information, such as machine manuals, service guides, or complex scientific research, on the other hand, often takes greater focus and attention for understanding, slowing reading rates to 125 words per minute. Students who read for pleasure or educational purposes are more likely to read at a rate of 400-500 words per minute.

The number of words you read in a given time is called your reading speed. Most people can read about 250 words per minute, but some readers can reach 500 words per minute or faster.

Reading speed varies from person to person, but most adults can read with ease between 200 and 300 words per minute. Slower readers may be able to comprehend what they read at 50-100 words per minute, while faster readers can read at 400-500 words per minute or more. No matter how fast or slow you read, every reader understands exactly what's being said in a book by using his or her imagination to fill in the gaps between the words on the page.

To improve your reading speed, start by choosing books that are easier to understand. Read with a friend or family member, so you can check each other's work. If you find a difficult word or phrase, look it up in a dictionary or thesaurus before moving on.

## Can you read 1200 words per minute?

Reading 1,200 words will take roughly 4 minutes for the typical reader. Reading at this rate allows time to skim and skip paragraphs when necessary, as well as give the reader a break from writing.

The speed at which you can read is limited by your eye movement system. If you move your eyes too fast, they'll have trouble keeping up with the text, so reading at a rapid pace is not advisable if you need to process what you're reading carefully. However, if you want to speed things up a bit, try using head nods or other visual cues instead of reading every word out loud.

Of course, nobody reads at the maximum speed allowed by their eye movement system, so if you want to know how fast you can really read, try recording yourself while you're doing it! The video tutorial section of this article has several examples of people reading at different speeds to help illustrate how normal humans interpret text.

Most people are able to read at a rate of about 200-250 words per minute, depending on how in-depth the reading material is. This means that it takes them around 5 minutes to read an average-length article.

## Is it possible to read 1000 pages in a day?

1,000 pages will take roughly 27.8 hours to read for the typical reader. A normal single-spaced page has 500 words. So you would have to write at least 50 pages an hour to be able to read 1,000 pages in a day.

In fact, even if you were very lucky and wrote exactly as much as your average reader could comprehend in one sitting, you would still need nearly 28 hours to finish all of the books on our list. The truth is that nobody reads that many pages in a day.

However, it is possible to read that many pages if you set out with a plan and don't quit until you've finished all the books on your list. It takes about six months to read through a standard library collection so we're not talking about something you can do in a week here. But if you start now and don't stop until you've finished, then you should be able to get through almost everything on our list by the time 2018 comes around.

Of course, there are other ways of spending your time more effectively than reading every single book that comes your way. You could try volunteering, going to concerts, taking classes, going on trips... There are so many things you can do instead of reading all the time.

##### Irene Barnhart

Irene Barnhart is a freelance writer and editor who has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, among other publications. She also has an extensive knowledge of grammar, style, and mechanics.