Reading Rate

To easily determine the number of words per minute (rate) you are reading, count the number of pages, multiply by the number of lines per page, and add the number of lines read on the last page you were reading. Multiply the total lines read by the average number of words per line, then add the number of words read on the last line you were reading.

NOTE: (Number of pages)x(number of lines per page) + (number of lines read on last page)x(number of words per line)+(number of words read on last Iine)=Words Per Minute.

Get the Rate Chart and refer to it as you are instructed. DO IT NOW!

RATE CHART 1 - 30-Second Reading

When you take 30-second reading tests, this chart is ready-made to help you quickly determine your rate in words per minute (wpm).

In the left column is the number of lines you read in 30 seconds. Across the top of the chart is the average number of words per line.

You should know the average number of words per line. Go down the left column to the number of lines you read in the 30-second test. Go right across the line to the column headed by the average number of words per line. If you read 40 lines in 30 seconds and there are an average of 9 words per line:

Find 40 in the left-hand column. Go right across the line to column 9. You read 720 wpm. The chart compensates for the fact you only read for 30 seconds. It doubles the actual figure read to arrive at the wpm total.

RATE CHART 2 - Metronome Tape (One line per beat)

This chart was designed to be used when you are practicing with the Metronome Practice Tape. You cover one line with every beat from the Metronome. You already know the average words per line. When you have finished the practice, find the number of words per minute:

In the left-hand column, go down to the beats per minute. From there, move right along the line to the column headed by the average words per line. If you were reading at 100 beats per minute and there are an average of 10 words per line, go right to column 10. You are reading 1000 wpm.

RATE CHART 3 - (2-Minute Timed Practice Reading)

This chart takes the number of words you read in 2-minutes and automatically converts it to wpm. As you are working with 2-minute timed practice periods, you again know the words per line. At the end of the practice, determine the number of lines you read in the 2-minute period. To find the actual words per minute:

In the left-hand column, go down to the number of lines read. From that number, go right across the line to the column headed by the average number of words per line. That is your wpm. If you read 200 lines and there are 11 words per line, go right from 200 to column 11. You are reading 1100 wpm.

The number of lines read will probably be different from the actual number in the columns on charts 1 and 3. When you have a number that is not on the chart, go to the closest number to the actual number of lines read. Use this as a rule to determine your actual numbers. There will not be a significant difference in your final wpm and the number the chart gives you if you justify to the nearest number.

EXAMPLE: Chart 1 - If you actually read 58 lines, you should go to 60 to determine your rate. Chart 3 - If you actually read 229, you should go to 220 to determine your rate.

It is much easier to be motivated to do something if you know your efforts are being rewarded. It is much easier to see where help is needed in the development of your reading skills if progress is recorded. It is much easier to set honest, lofty goals if you know exactly what your progress has been, and exactly where you are and what you have had to do to get where you are.

Keeping proper records makes it easier to be motivated because the growth of your skills is documented. You know what the return from your efforts is. The weak areas in the development of your skills will stand out if you record your regular practice results. Knowing what you had to do to accomplish what you have accomplished makes it easy to evaluate what you must do to reach higher levels of skill development. It is easy to evaluate. To assist you and make proper record-keeping easy, two charts have been prepared for you to keep records of your practice and progress.

One Chart (WI) is a daily report. On this chart, you will record your practice with speed, understanding, remembering and your own personal feelings about what you are experiencing. You will keep a record of using the Relaxation Practice Tape and the Programmation Tape. You should do some practicing without these tapes. You record your practice time with or without the tapes, but make note of which you are doing.

The second chart is the large master chart. Keep this chart easily accessible. This is a record of whether you practiced or not, and how much. On this chart, you can list all your reading rates and chart your positive growth. Look at this chart often. Use it to set performance goals. Challenge yourself.

Continue reading here: Words Per Minute

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