Words to Minutes - Speech and Reading Time Calculator

1Choose your reading speed

The average adult reading rate is about 200-250 words per minute.


The recommended speech rate for good comprehension is 160-180 words per minute.

However, by changing speaking speed you can emphasize your main points. A fast rate can convey such meanings as enthusiasm, urgency, or humor. A slower rate can convey respect, seriousness, or careful reasoning.

2Enter time or the number of words
3 Paste your text here (optional)
words: 0
time: 0 sec

The results are approximate.

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When preparing a presentation speech, especially if it's your first time, you might get worried about the audience's reaction to your performance. You might think that if you're confident enough, it's going to be okay. But to possess that inner confidence, you'll need to identify what exactly your listeners expect to hear and how to grab their attention.

For a successful presentation, its content is not the only element that matters; the way you present your ideas is also vital. Your presentation should be logical, succinct, and influential. We're sure that you're going to prepare a remarkable speech, but before delivering it to your listeners, ensure it's sufficiently brief not to overload your audience with unnecessary information.

Words-to-Minutes Calculator: Measure the Length of Your Presentation!

We want to present our unique calculator. It's an essential online tool when it comes to measuring the length of your Powerpoint presentation or speech. It will help you find the right balance to engage your listeners-retaining their attention as much as needed, yet not giving them any extra information that they do not need.

Harvard Business Review states that people should be able to comprehend your slides and their meanings within three seconds, and the average attention span of an audience is around twenty minutes. That being so, you should not linger on one slide and the overall speech for too long.

Luckily, our speech calculator can easily convert words into minutes of speaking time. In a moment, you can get an idea of whether or not your speech's length matches the recommended requirements, and whether or not you risk losing the attention of your listeners.

How Our Words-Minutes Tool Works

On the Educat website, in the Words to Minutes section, you can select from two modes: Reading or Speech-dependent on the purpose of your estimates. Then, you'll have to take three simple steps to convert your words into minutes:

  1. Indicate your reading or speaking speed. The average reading rate of a person is between 125-150 words in a minute. You can set the value from 100 to 200 words per minute (wpm). Practice a bit, then set the most steady reading pace for yourself.
  2. Enter the time to view the approximate amount of words that will be read at speed you specified in the first step.
  3. (Optional) You can also paste your text, and the system will display the number of words therein and provide you with the approximated time your speech will take at the specified speed.

An essential thing to note is that this word to time calculator provides a rough estimate to demonstrate the amount of time an orator needs to deliver their speech.

Benefits of Our Words-to-Minutes Converter

Take a look at all of the benefits of this useful online tool:

  1. It's free.
  2. It provides results instantaneously.
  3. It will help you create a presentation that will be optimal in terms of length.
  4. It takes your speaking or reading speed into account and suggests a word count that will be comfortable for you.
  5. You can also use our text to speech feature by pressing "play text" to listen to it at a chosen speed.

One of the best things about this tool is that it's useful for students, professionals, and even the CEOs of big corporations. Measure the optimal duration your presentation should take to guarantee that you're going to give one of the best speeches of your life!