FOUR READING RATES

Texts are written with varying degrees of difficulty and ease that affect comprehension ability. To maximize your comprehension of a text, adjust your reading style, technique, and rate to accommodate the type of text you are reading. The following chart can be used as a guide to determine which reading rate is most suitable for the different types of texts listed.

RATE PURPOSE TYPE OF TEXT
Skimming

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to locate specific information;

OR

directory, dictionary, and any material which will yield a specific answer
_ to skim for the main idea or to find out what happened next easy, simple material, newspaper, magazine, fiction, research.

Speeded Reading (fast) _ to read rapidly for certain details or main ideas. any material on which main ideas and supporting facts are to be picked up newspapers, magazines, stories, easy texts, etc.

Study Reading _ to read with maximum understanding: Survey Raise Questions Read Recite Review textbooks, technical articles, any material which you read in detail or organize, present to others, or for which you are held responsible

Careful & reflective _ to follow directions, for example, how to make a cake or perform a chemistry experiment; to reflect on content; to evaluate; to enjoy; to read aloud to share an aesthetic experience. directions; any work which contains great thoughts; some reports of current events; editorial pages of newspapers; poetry, drama, etc.; descriptive materials; anything read orally

Strang, Ruth. Making Better Readers. C. D. Heath & Co.
College Reading Skills Program. Revised 11/99.

 

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