Script Timer - Words to Time Calculator

Convert the length of your script to the time it will take to read it

How long for a professional to read your script? Performances vary, but this handy converter will get you in the ballpark. You can even adjust it for reading speed. So stop guessing! Give accurate estimates and invoices to your customers!

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PLEASE USE THE CHART BELOW ONLY AS A GUIDE – Rates vary greatly, due to context, vocal delivery, audience, etc. THIS CHART IS BASED ON: 12-point Arial (Helvetica), double-spaced, margin-to-margin.

Average Reading Speeds

If you read 1 word per second, then you will read:

  • 30 words per half-minute
  • 60 words per minute
  • 3,600 words per hour
  • 13 seconds per line (assuming 13 words per line)
  • 273 seconds per page (assuming 13 words per line and 21 lines per page)

If you read 2 words per second, then you will read:

  • 60 words per half-minute
  • 120 words per minute
  • 7,200 words per hour
  • 6.5 seconds per line (assuming 13 words per line)
  • 136 seconds per page (assuming 13 words per line and 21 lines per page)

If you read 3 words per second, then you will read:

  • 90 words per half-minute
  • 180 words per minute
  • 10,800 words per hour
  • 4 seconds per line (assuming 13 words per line)
  • 91 seconds per page (assuming 13 words per line and 21 lines per page)

If you read 4 words per second, then you will read:

  • 120 words per half-minute
  • 240 words per minute
  • 14,400 words per hour
  • 3.2 seconds per line (assuming 13 words per line)
  • 68 seconds per page (assuming 13 words per line and 21 lines per page)

If you read 5 words per second, then you will read:

  • 150 words per half-minute
  • 300 words per minute
  • 18,000 words per hour
  • 2.6 seconds per line (assuming 13 words per line)
  • 54 seconds per page (assuming 13 words per line and 21 lines per page)
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Line Count

  • Average number of lines per page: 21
  • Average number of lines per 30-second spot: 7.5
  • Average number of lines per 60-second spot: 15

Word Count

  • Average words per line: 13 (range is 8 to 18)
  • Average words per page: 273 (range is 168 to 378)

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