Measure and Test Your Speaking Pace

Practice reading a transcript aloud at your own speed and at different paces to better understand how different speeds sound.


The pace at which you speak can have a dramatic effect on your audience. Some speakers talk way too fast, making it hard to understand what they are saying, while others speak too slowly, causing the audience to switch off.

In these exercises, you will better understand your own speaking pace and how different speaking paces sound.

Accessing the exercise

The speaking pace exercise can be accessed from your web browser, no installation or download is required.

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Speaking at set speeds

Start by selecting a speed to speak at, for example, 160 words per minute. The speech transcript will then start scrolling at this set speed. Repeat the exercise at different speeds, allowing you to compare how a change in speaking pace can dramatically alter how you sound.

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Measuring your speaking pace

Read a transcript or your rehearsed speech for 30 seconds or more. Afterwards, you will be shown a graph of your speaking pace over the length of your speech. Review the graph to see if you were talking too fast, slow, or if you need to vary your speaking pace more.

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Speaking Pace Words Per Minute Pace of Speech

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