Re: Words per minute - reading?

Subject: Re: Words per minute - reading?
From: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: Gabrielle Kirsch <G -dot- Kirsch -at- f5 -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2011 13:15:06 -0700

Are the readers trying to retain information, or are they just skimming it
for specific data that they require?

The average college-educated person reads between 300 and 600 wpm, but the
complexity of the material and the level of retention required have a huge
effect. When attempting to learn and retain complex technical concepts and
data, useful reading may drop to well under 100 wpm.

Gene Kim-Eng


On Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 10:09 AM, Gabrielle Kirsch <G -dot- Kirsch -at- f5 -dot- com> wrote:

> How many words per minute do you think I should use for my estimates? These
> are technical materials for a technical audience (but mostly overviews, so
> they aren't too dense). A typical white paper has about 4500 words (and
> some diagrams).
>
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