On the basis of your results, we estimate you know 81% of the English words.
You are at the top level!
— Ghent University Word Test
Well, that feels good.
It’s funny because just two days ago, I talked to Liron about how I feel my English vocabulary is lacking and how my expressiveness often feels limited to me. After some deliberation, we found out that we both struggle in similar areas – mostly social sciences, political terms, and similar domains full of technical terms. So yeah, maybe my English isn’t as bad as I think, I just pick hard topics to talk about.
If you want to test your English vocabulary and have a few minutes to spare, you can help the psycholinguists at the Ghent University by taking their Word test. Please do share your results in the comments!
Also interesting: The variance stemming from the word sampling. In three tests, I got 76%, 81% and 89%. That last run seemed like it had almost no non-words.