Enter the bits per second and the bits per symbol into the Symbol Rate Calculator. The calculator will evaluate the Symbol Rate. 

Symbol Rate Formula

The following two example problems outline the steps and information needed to calculate the Symbol Rate.

SYR = (BPS*204)/(188*BPSY)

  • Where SRY is the Symbol Rate (symbols/second)
  • BPS is the bits per second 
  • BPSY is the bits per symbol 

How to Calculate Symbol Rate?

The following example problems outline how to calculate Symbol Rate.

Example Problem #1:

  1. First, determine the bits per second. 
    • The bits per second is given as: 15.
  2. Next, determine the bits per symbol. 
    • The bits per symbol is provided as: 20.
  3. Finally, calculate the Symbol Rate using the equation above: 

SYR = (BPS*204)/(188*BPSY)

The values provided above are inserted into the equation below and computed.

SYR = (15*204)/(188*20) = .813 (symbols/second)


Example Problem #2: 

For this problem, the variables required are provided below:

bits per second = 5

bits per symbol = 6

Test your knowledge using the equation and check your answer with the calculator..

SYR = (BPS*204)/(188*BPSY) = ?