Human WPM (words per minute) Fun Facts:
"The definition of each word is often standardized to be five characters or keystrokes long in English, including spaces and punctuation."Typing (33wpm)
"in 1998, the average rate for transcription was 33 wpm
, and 19 wpm
So 300 wpm (mentioned above) at first sounds like somebody might be cheating. Unless you're a professional using a stenotype.
"Guinness World Records gives 360 wpm
with 97.23% accuracy as the highest achieved speed using a stenotype." Handwriting (13wpm)
"approximately 13 wpm
"Speech and Listening (155wpm)
"Audiobooks are recommended to be 150–160 wpm
, which is the range that people comfortably hear and vocalize words."
"...Steve Woodmore, who achieved a rate of 637 wpm
."Reading for comprehension (215wpm)
"normal reading for comprehension (around 200–230 wpm
The World Championship Speed Reading Competition stresses reading comprehension as critical. The top contestants typically read around 1,000 to 2,000 wpm
with approximately 50% comprehension or above. The six time world champion Anne Jones is recorded for 4200 wpm
with previous exposure to the material and 67% comprehension.