How Many Words Per Minute Can You Type?

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  1. PeterG

    PeterG Argle-Bargle-ist

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  2. Andora

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    Last time I tested, I was at 85% with high accuracy; 95 (and sometimes 100+) with less accuracy. I used to be a transcriptionist. :p
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  3. Dr.Siouxs

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    I scored a zero because I quit midway through. I'll just hire a secretary. :2faced:

    But really, my typing skills are horrendous. I have to go back and edit about 90% of my posts. :yikes: (ETA: See? :rolleyes:)

    Amazing. :eek: Your nickname must be Speedy Petey! :D:psoty: :2faced:
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  4. falling_dance

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    I just assumed you relied quills, inkwells, and magical hipster conversion technology.

    60 words per minute is beyond my capabilities.
  5. Dr.Siouxs

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    Nah, out of budget.
  6. michiruwater

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    I got 98 words per minute with 0 errors. I think the last time I did this it was slightly lower though, but it may have been with a different website.
  7. VIETgrlTerifa

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    95 words per minute with no errors, but I believe I had to back space like 3 times.
  8. Aussie Willy

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    Haven't done a typing test for ages. Got 62wpm with no errors, but I did go back and correct quite a bit.
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  10. BaileyCatts

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    95 words with 0 errors. But I did backspace to correct an error. That's a fun test. But I want to read the rest of the story! :lol:
  11. Kasey

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    83 words per minute, no errors (but I slow down significantly if I have to include numbers)
  12. Spareoom

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    117, adjusted with 112. That's a bit faster than I thought; but I type a lot. My composing speed is more around 50 wpm or so; transcribing (especially with the words right there; which is easy) is a lot faster.
  13. milanessa

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    :rofl: at my score. I took typing in high school and it was the only class I've ever flunked. Took an adult community college class and was asked to leave (they gave me my money back) and the only way I managed 25 words a minute when I joined the Air Force was that they let me practice the paragraph over and over before they actually timed me. Its sad.
  14. Really

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    72 wpm, no errors. I used to get that on a manual typewriter when I was in Grade 10! But I couldn't backspace to correct my mistakes back then either. I stuttered a few times while I was doing the test so I'm sure that cost me some words too.
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  15. quartz

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    Wow, you are all amazing!!
    I won't even attempt such a test.....I flunked typing in grade 9 cuz I thought the teacher was a bitch, and so now I'm the two finger, hunt and peck type of typer! :lol:
    This just took me like 2 minutes to type.....:p
    I am a doofus.
  16. moebius

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    I took a typing test on a typewriter, and it was 35wpm, barely enough for a secretary job.
  17. Anita18

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    My father still pecks with two index fingers, and he's been a computer programmer longer than I've been alive. :lol: He got a computer science PhD back when there were only 50 or so in the entire country.

    He says he spends most of his time thinking. ;) Typing speed only matters if you're doing secretary work or transcribing work.

    My sister used to hunt and peck, until AIM came out and she'd be chatting with 5 friends while writing a paper. Her typing improved to lightning speed very shortly after. :rofl: She types faster than me, and I just got 87wpm on that test.
  18. Jenny

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    Way back in the dark ages when my high school offered "secretarial skills" course, I took typing for the simple reason that I wanted at least one class with no homework. I did only average in it, so it dragged down my grade average, but I was happy to take it for two years just for the break.

    Boy oh boy am I glad I did, even if for the wrong reasons at the time - I had no idea then, and I don't think many did, that typing skills would become so important for just about everyone in the near future.

    Glad I didn't choose shorthand classes instead!
  19. JeffClair1979

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    Just got 89 WPM with 1 error. A lot better than I thought it would be!!
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    70 wpm. I'm slipping :fragile:
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  21. Prancer

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    Geez. 40 wpm is average. Y'all are speed demons.
  22. Scrufflet

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    Woah! This takes me back! When I was in high school, we used manual typewriters (think very slow) and getting 35 wpm was basic level, 60 wpm was what you aimed for to get a job. If you had 80 wpm, you were stellar and executive secretary material. My mother was a national typing champion who did about 120 wpm and they wouldn't let her compete at the Canadian National Exhibition because they said she was too fast! When she applied for jobs in our town, she would have to take a typing test (to see if she could do 60 wpm) and she would always leave them gasping when she'd do 100 wpm. "I used to be much faster" was her comment afterwards. All that on manual typewriters!
  23. LilJen

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    I dispute that test. I clocked in at 87 wpm (0 errors)??? I typed 40-45 in high school & college, and I can't believe that I've improved THAT much since then. I'll have to find another test.

    Typingtest.com got me at (adjusted) 56 wpm.

    I think the difficulty of the material makes a big difference. Typingtest.com had some actual, y'know, punctuation, capitalization, dashes, quotation marks, etc.
  24. IceAlisa

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    52 wpm, 1 error. Must be all the practice on FSU during pbp threads. :D
  25. michiruwater

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    I got 98 on the test offered here and 91 on typingtest.com. Typingtest.com is definitely harder, but I think part of that is that the first place highlights the text as you type it and typingtest.com shows it below, so if you make an error it can take longer to catch it and fix it.
  26. Gazpacho

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    On typeracer.com, my best is 140wpm. But honestly, I do not recommend it. Sometimes I regret having the ability to type so fast because it's caused RSI. Yeah I try to type more slowly, but inevitably I end up typing fast because I often don't feel the pain until I stop.

    Will try the test on this thread soon.
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  27. modern_muslimah

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    I got 44 wpm on typingtest.com. That sounds about right. I applied for a secretary position a few years back and typed 48 wpm. I'm amazed so many of you type so fast!
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  28. skateycat

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    Wow, no wonder I only have 1300ish posts here after more than a decade. I type at a sluggish 40 words per minute on a good day. Thank goodness I took typing in high school, or I would be hopeless.

    Little skateycat struggles with printing so much that we have investigated typing as a different way of writing. We got him Typing Instructor for Kids, and I will sit with him or near him to help him get through the lesson. He's up to 10 words a minute, up from 13 characters a minute (I counted one day!). This year he did parts of his spelling assignments in Microsoft Word, and he actually said that it made him happy to do his homework that way.
  29. screech

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    100 words with 3 errors. I don't really count errors though, because of autocorrect. Plus, I was taught to leave 2 spaces after a period, and the program that tests only has one.
  30. VIETgrlTerifa

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    There's an option to have two spaces after the period.
  31. Gazpacho

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    Which tests are you guy doing on the websites?
  32. Nomad

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    24 on a good day. But I only use two fingers on each hand, so...
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    56 wpm 0 errors
  34. myhoneyhoney

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    Did it! 1st time was HORRENDOUS, I didn't see that little box regarding 2 spaces after a period. When did it become customary to start using just one space? Anywhoo, I went back and checked the square, started over, and got 81 with 0 errors.
  35. VIETgrlTerifa

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    The two space after the period only happened when people used manual typewriters in the 20th century and the typeface was courier where every letter and punctuation mark and symbol occupied equal space. This created a sort of aesthetic choice for two spaces after the period. However, with modern word processing and different style fonts, we don't need two spaces after the period anymore. Think about it. When you type on this forum, do you use two spaces after the period? I think even if people use two spaces here, it automatically reverts it to one space. That sort of shows what the "norm" is.

    http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2011/01/space_invaders.html

    The APA manual may still recommend two spaces after the period, but those usually only apply to drafts. For publication, one space after the period is standard.
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  36. skateboy

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    I had the exact same experience! (But I dropped the class before I flunked.)

    Re this test: I got 50 words with one error (hunting and pecking, of course!).
  37. skateboy

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    Yep, but once I hit "post" all the sentences are changed to just one space after the period. Not sure why.

    For my masters thesis and doctoral dissertation (both within this last decade), it was required to use two spaces after periods. So now it's just a force of habit for me, even in e-mails. (I do think it makes for easier reading.)
  38. VIETgrlTerifa

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    I think people stick with what they were forced to learn. In college and graduate schools, we have certain habits hammered into our head and I think we end up learning to be loyal to those habits.

    I know for many APA-style submissions, the person you're submitting it to would prefer two spaces after the period, but I think those get edited to one space after the period for publication purposes. For legal writing, we only use one space after the period. When we're learning how to write submissions to the court, we realize that there are stringent requirements about how many characters are allowed to fit in an inch, etc. I think that's because when our Bluebook is silent on something (like spacing after the period), we refer to the Chicago-style manual which says one space.

    http://abovethelaw.com/2011/08/a-random-friday-poll-one-space-or-two-between-sentences/

    I, for one, first learned to do two spaces when I was in high school, but was taught that it was no longer needed with modern word processing technology. With the bulk of my undergraduate writing using MLA style (even though I was a social science major), I just got used to using one space. I think that's where the norm is with the younger generation hence everything being automatically reverted to one space even if the poster on the forum types two spaces.
  39. myhoneyhoney

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    I was taught to use 2 spaces in my high-school typing class (circa early 1990's). I just watched myself type up that sentence and I still use 2 spaces after the period. I never really noticed that it was changed to just 1 space after!
  40. screech

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    I was taught 2 spaces after a period and 1 space after a comma or other punctuation.

    I did better on the typingtest website, actually. I got 104wpm with no mistakes. I think I did better because I wasn't looking for mistakes. I wasn't looking at what I had typed, I was l was typing.

    I learned to type well in grade 7. We all thought our computers teacher was an evil evil man. To make sure we were using the right keys, he made us put towels over our hands and tested our proficiency at typing without looking at the keyboard. And this was in the early-mid 90s, so not everyone was all that computer savvy at that time, so it was especially evil.

    Now I love that he made us do that. I'm one of those people who can carry on a conversation while typing something else.