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Speed Reading Test Online Preparation & Free Practice Questions – 2024

Personality Test Prep

What Is the Speed Reading Test?

The speed reading test is a type of a verbal reasoning aptitude test  that measures your reading speed in alignment with your comprehension. In other words, it measures your aptitude for reading quickly while maintaining an understanding of what you’re reading. You may be able to read quickly, but being able to comprehend texts at a decent speed is a valuable skill to potential employers. The speed reading test essentially measures how effective you are when it comes to reviewing job-related documents in terms of how quickly and accurately you can ingest information that is given to you.


What Should I Expect From the Speed Reading Test?

While this exam can come in varying formats, you can gain a general idea of what to expect. Typically, you will be given an online passage and asked to click a button when you’ve finished reading the passage. Once you’ve done this, the passage will disappear and a series of comprehension questions will be presented to you.

The test is graded on the scale of your reading speed (measured in WPM, or words per minute) in approximation to your comprehension level (how many questions you got correct). For example, let’s say you’re given a 400 word passage. You finish reading the passage in 90 seconds, then answer 4 out of the 5 comprehension questions correctly. This means you read the passage at 266 WPM with a comprehension rate of 80%. 250-300 WPM is the average reading rate for fluent English speakers, so you would’ve scored average with a high comprehension rate. Now, this hypothetical score is based on one passage–in the actual speed reading test, you will complete several passages. Both your WPM and comprehension rate scores will be averaged amongst all of your completed passages to result in a final score. The table below gives an example scorecard for a person who completed 4 passages (scores are typically rounded).

Passage Number WPM Comprehension Rate
Passage 1 266 80%
Passage 2 320 80%
Passage 3 400 50%
Passage 4 300 75%
Final scores: 322 71%


If we take a closer look at our example scorecard, we can see that the test taker consistently had a high comprehension rate when their WPM stayed around 300. They did read Passage 3 at a rate of 400 WPM, but their comprehension rate suffered. While reading quickly is a great skill, you don’t want to read so quickly that you don’t comprehend what you just read.


How to Prepare for the Speed Reading Test?

To reiterate, the speed reading test measures how well you can comprehend a text while reading quickly. Habitual reading (without comprehension questions) is a great way to passively increase your reading skills, but here are some tips you can follow while reading to improve your comprehension skills.

One of the things you can do is called annotation, or the process of taking notes while you read. It may sound silly, but pausing while you’re reading even to take simple notes can go a long way in aiding your comprehension due to the annotations forcing you to really think about what you’re reading. While you can use fictional texts for practice, using nonfiction articles that include numerical data is better. The speed reading test usually presents you with the same types of articles! Below are some questions you can use to help guide your practice annotations:

  • What data being presented to me is crucial to understanding what this article is trying to say?
  • What’s a general summary of this article?
  • Is there an argument being given, or is it informative?
  • If there is an argument, what is the argument and how is it being supported?

Try coming up with some of your own questions to use as guides in your personal annotations. This tip will help you prepare to answer the comprehension questions! Also keep in mind that speed reading tests may ask you to identify numerical values given in the source text, such as years, percentages, and other forms of number-based data in the questions. Be sure to take note of important numbers and create a habit of recognizing them as well as their significance when reading.

Another thing you can do to aid in your preparation for the speed reading test is to time yourself while reading. To do this, find a few online articles and select passages from them. Try to keep your selections between 200-1000 words. Then, set a timer and see how quickly you can read through your selections while maintaining comprehension! To keep an eye on how well you’re retaining the information you’re reading, answer the above annotation questions for each passage you read without looking at the source material. When you’re finished answering the questions, look back at your passage to test yourself and ask yourself the following questions:

  • Did I get all of the questions right?
  • If you missed any, which ones did you miss and why was your answer wrong?
  • Which questions did I struggle to answer without looking at the source material?

It’s important to remember that when you get to the comprehension questions portions of the speed reading test, you won’t be allowed to reference the source text. Practicing reading passages quickly alongside annotations/practice questions will help you adequately prepare to do well on the test!

If you’d like to keep track of your scores, the math is fairly easy. Simply record the time you spent reading a passage, and divide that value (in minutes) by the amount of words in the passage. For example:

If you read 450 words in 1.3 minutes (approximately 78 seconds), you would calculate 450 ÷ 1.3, which equals out to 346 WPM rounded. A good goal to set would be to consistently hit above 300 WPM while maintaining a high comprehension rate (70% correct answers or more).


Speed Reading Sample Test Questions and Answers


Sample Passage One (108 words):

Below you will find eight free sample questions that exemplify those you might see on the speed reading test. An answer key can be found at the bottom to check your work. To get the most out of these samples, a suggestion would be to time yourself reading each passage, then hide it from yourself while you answer the questions. The word count for each passage is included to help in your scoring. See how many you get correct!

Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is the first national park in the United States. The park was established on March 1st, 1872. The park is massive, covering around 3,500 square miles. The park is known for having a temperamental weather pattern with highly variable temperatures and rainfall, but that doesn’t stop millions of tourists from visiting the park annually. The park is home to an old volcano, which some scientists speculate is due to erupt at any time. Yellowstone is also home to many bison. These bison are known to cause traffic jams as they cross roads. These regular jams are lovingly referred to as “bison jams.”

  1. It can be inferred that the intended audience for this article is most likely . . .
    1. Scientists who study volcanic activity.
    2. Potential tourists who are interested in visiting Yellowstone.
    3. News anchors who want to write a thrilling story about rainfall patterns.
    4. Bison enthusiasts.
  2. How big is Yellowstone National Park?
    1. 4,500 sq mi
    2. 4,500 sq ft
    3. 3,500 sq ft
    4. 3,500 sq mi
  3. According to the article, Yellowstone can be found in which U.S. state?
    1. Rhode Island
    2. Virginia
    3. Michigan
    4. Wyoming
  4. According to the article, what is a potential danger that Yellowstone poses?
    1. Volcano eruption
    2. Flash flooding
    3. Hurricanes
    4. Avalanches


Sample Passage Two (109 words):

Many people who frequent American grocery stores have noticed that prices of varying foods have skyrocketed in frequent years. Vegetables, fruits, and even hot dogs in stores have seen price increases upwards of 10% in the past year alone. One way to combat grocery inflation is to start an at-home garden. While establishing a garden is initially expensive, growing your own produce will pay for itself in due time as your reliance on store-bought produce decreases. If you’d like to venture into home gardening, consider starting with low-maintenance crops such as squash, zucchini, and potatoes. These crops boast a high yield and don’t require much attention once they’re established.

  1. One could expect to find this article within which type of medium?
    1. A magazine targeted towards middle-class adults.
    2. A children’s book.
    3. A farmer’s almanac for seasoned gardeners.
    4. A celebrity magazine.
  2. According to the article, prices of groceries have increased by what percentage?
    1. Downwards of 10%
    2. Upwards of 20%
    3. Upwards of 10%
    4. Downwards of 20%
  3. Which of the following was not a crop that the author recommends for beginner gardeners?
    1. Squash
    2. Corn
    3. Zucchini
    4. Potatoes
  4. What is the main idea of the selection?
    1. American gardeners should fight grocery prices by boycotting big-name grocery stores.
    2. Grocery stores are pushing for Americans to plant their own vegetables instead of purchasing them at a store.
    3. Gardening is a cost-effective way to combat grocery inflation in America.
    4. Americans should replace all store-bought goods with holistic equivalents.



  1. B
  2. D
  3. D
  4. A
  5. A
  6. C
  7. B
  8. D