The average reading speed differs across different ages. It is measured in the number of words you can read in one minute. For a child taking primary education, the average speed is recorded at 200 words per minute. Among adults, the average speed is 250 words per minute, just a few notches higher than the speed considered basic and average among children. Although this speed is still noted for its high corresponding comprehension and understanding level, reading at this space will require a long period of time to read large amounts of information.
Nevertheless, speeds slower than the 200 words per minute average speed have also been noted. A speed of below 100 words per minute is considered a manifestation of basic reading ability. This poor ability may be caused by low level of reading experience, and maximum levels of regression, sub-vocalization, and mind drift. For readers between 6 to 12 years old, the average reading speed is 100 to 200 words per minute. Adults who avoid reading may also manifest this reading speed.
After graduating from high school, the expected average reading speed is between 250 to 350 words per minute. In this rate, occasional regressions may be observed and comprehension is above 50%. If your performance is 350 to 500 words per minute, you are considered as an above average reader. Your interest in reading may have helped you achieve this speed. Above 75% comprehension and understanding is noted for a performance of 500 to 800 words per minute. If your average reading speed is 800 to 1000 words per minute, you are an excellent reader. Individuals who reach this speed have usually undertaken comprehensive reading performance interventions and manifests minimal sub-vocalization. The habits of regressions have also been eliminated among these excellent readers. Comprehension and word recognition are high.
Having a speed of above 1000 words per minute imply that an individual has devoted attention, concentration and efforts to regular and deliberate practice on drills and exercises for speed reading.