Reading Passage 15 A Brief History of Chocolate
Reading Passage 16 Morse Code
Reading Passage 17 Torch Relay
Reading Passage 18 The Voynich Manuscript
Reading Passage 19 Bondi Beach
Reading Passage 20 The Dutch Tulip Mania
Reading Passage 21 The Benefits of Bamboo
You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 1–13 which are based on Reading Passage 1 below.
Improving Reading Speed
It is safe to say that almost anyone can double his speed of reading while maintaining equal or even higher comprehension. In other words, anyone can improve the speed with which he gets what he wants from his reading.
The average college student reads between 250 and 350 words per minute on fiction and non-technical materials. A “good” reading speed is around 500 to 700 words per minute, but some people can read 1,000 words per minute or even faster on these materials. What makes the difference? There are three main factors involved in improving reading speed: (1) the desire to improve, (2) the willingness to try new techniques and (3) the motivation to practice.
Learning to read rapidly and well presupposes that you have the necessary vocabulary and comprehension skills. When you have advanced on the reading comprehension materials to a level at which you can understand college-level materials, you will be ready to begin speed reading practice in earnest.