How many words do we read per minute? A review and meta-analysis of reading rate

  title={How many words do we read per minute? A review and meta-analysis of reading rate},
  author={Marc Brysbaert},
  journal={Journal of Memory and Language},
  • M. Brysbaert
  • Published 12 April 2019
  • Education
  • Journal of Memory and Language
Based on the analysis of 190 studies (18,573 participants), we estimate that the average silent reading rate for adults in English is 238 words per minute (wpm) for non-fiction and 260 wpm for fiction. The difference can be predicted by taking into account the length of the words, with longer words in non-fiction than in fiction. The estimates are lower than the numbers often cited in scientific and popular writings. The reasons for the overestimates are reviewed. The average oral reading rate… 

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