Smart is the new sexy. A sharp and healthy mind is always necessary, be it work or general social interactions it’s all about speed. How fast you are able to think, process information and how spontaneous is your presence of mind ? all of them matters.
Afraid you might not have been working-out your brain muscle enough? You can always start training by cultivating good memory habits, regularly teasing your brain with activities to make it active. But before we do that, how about we check the speed of our thinking, reading and reflexes?
1. MathRun Sprint (Web): Basic Math
Let’s start of with something simple like maths. Daily life would be extremely difficult without mathematics. You need to be able to quickly calculate simple equations, or spot bad math. A fast reaction time can be the difference between good and great.
For some jobs, it’s crucial that you’re able to type fast. Whether it’s taking notes from your boss or writing a lot of articles every day, speed is what will get you past the finish line first.
Generally speaking, professional typists clack away on their keyboards at speeds upwards of 100 words per minute. If you are some ways off from that, 10 Fast Fingers’ several practice tests should help you speed up.
The Wall Street Journal put together a little test to check your reading speed. The app will give you a WSJ article to read, and calculate how your speed in words per minute. At the end of it, you will be asked a few questions about what you just read. That’s crucial, since comprehension is critical to reading. WSJ’s app then tells you to try a basic speed-reading technique (like humming out loud while reading) and rechecks your speed and comprehension.
It should be noted that WSJ doesn’t give as much importance to comprehension as we’d like. That’s probably because it’s also a speed-reading learner app. If you want a more accurate calculation of your reading speed with comprehension, try Turbo Read’s tests.
5. Reaction Time (Web): Check Your Reflexes
Dr. Eric Chudler of the University of Washington has spent years explaining neuroscience to children, including hosting a TV show. Most of his experiments are available online, and they can give you a decent insight into your reaction times.
The Red-Green test is perhaps the best of the lot. It’s pretty simple. You’re presented with a traffic signal. Click a button and it’ll turn red. Then you wait for the light to turn green. As soon as it does, click the button again. After doing this five times, it calculates your average reaction time in milliseconds.
5. Cognitive Speed Test (Web): Think Fast!
Data suggests that smart people think faster than others. How do you fare when compared to other people? The Cognitive Speed test at Test My Brain pits you against 1,500 other brains to find out.
It’s a series of four tests that task different aspects of your brain. All of them are related to speed though, so this will give you a good idea of how fast you think. More importantly, there is comparative data at the end.