How Many Words Per Minute Should My Child Be Reading?

Children readingDo a one-minute reading assessment. Count the total words read minus the errors made = words correct per minute.


  • Select a 200 word passage from a grade-level text.
  • Have your child read the passage aloud for exactly one minute.
  • Count the total number of words he/she has read.
  • Count the number of errors he/she has made.
  • Subtract the number of errors read per minute from the total number of words read per minute. The result is the average number of words correct per minute (WCPM).


The following are the number of words learners should be able to read correctly at the end of each year:

  • Grade 1: 60
  • Grade 2: 90
  • Grade 3: 115
  • Grade 4: 125
  • Grade 5: 135
  • Grade 6: 140
  • Grade 7: 150


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August 31, 2016

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