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Ask the Readers: How Fast Do You Type?

This week we’re curious to hear about your keyboard-fu. How fast do you type? What are your keyboarding tips and tricks?

The keyboard is the primary input tool for computer work. How quickly and accurately you can type has a significant impact on the volume of work you can produce. This week we’re curious to see how your typing skills stack up and what you’ve done over the years to improve them. Years of practice? Switched to a Dvorak keyboard layout? Committed yourself to telling every person on the internet just how wrong they are? Whatever your tricks for increasing your skills we want to hear about them and how fast you type now.

No idea how fast you type? Pay a visit to Typing Test to put yourself through the paces. Make sure to check back on Friday to see the What You Said roundup and score some tips to increase your Words Per Minute (WPM).

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/27/11

Comments (168)

  1. MrMikeM513

    Last time I tested I made 74 wpm, 6 errors.

    Posture and hand placement is everything. Getting the biomechanics in line is half the battle.

  2. Aaron

    So the typing test doesn’t like UK keyboards…

  3. Chris van Marle

    I like ‘Finger Frenzy’ typing test. It’s not as serious as this one, but it’s fun.
    10 fingers: around 2.6 seconds quite consistently.
    1 finger: around 4.9 seconds.

  4. Jeremy L.

    52

  5. Jason

    54wpm with 100% accuracy. Probably would have been faster, but I kept going back to correct mistakes.

  6. Bubby4j

    I get about 48 WPM, and I can’t touch type. I’ve just learned with years and years of experience.

  7. Kevin Cummings

    Clocked in a 73 and 7 errors for a net of 66. Have been clocked at higher speeds…must be getting old.

  8. Hotmann

    57 wpm

  9. KB Prez

    29 WPM with 0 errors. I always knew I was VERY SLOW, but at least I can say I’m accurate…LOL.

  10. cheeser83

    Net 63

  11. Tom

    59 wpm according to the typing test. (63wpm with 9 errors in 2 minutes)

  12. amgadelsaiegh

    14 wpm :(

  13. Bruno

    90 wpm, with 4 errors. Much more than I expected. I guess programming and touch typing really pays off.

  14. bemymonkey

    75 with no errors. Finally, the Thinkpad keyboard pays off, lol.

    Haven’t done that since 6th grade… :)

  15. failure

    43, with 3 errors, I fail.

  16. Jay

    My typing is really bad, 52 WPM, i thought it was way better, but in think is fine since i only use like three fingers to type

  17. Iszi

    64 WPM with 1 error. Though I corrected other errors myself, as I went.

  18. Gypsy

    63 with 3 errors over 3 minutes using the Aesop Fable story..

    Having to type a lot of papers as a History/Sociology Major.. but really, I lay the cause on SC2 and mainly WoW. Having to communicate sometimes quickly and effectively about a lot of information with lots of people between multiple channels and conversations in addition to also using hotkeys for abilities, really boosted my finger speed and accuracy.

  19. Wayne

    Fast enough to get my stuff done. Other than that it doesn’t really matter.

  20. preston

    81 with 0 errors.

  21. Colleen

    70 with 3 errors, net 67

  22. Hatryst

    I need to get my keyboard changed. 24 WPM with 4 errors :(

  23. Road Dog777

    Urrr….Are answers with a negative (-) entry acceptable?
    Or how about words per hour. after I spill-chack the post of course :-)

    R D

    Paws, w/o opposable thumbs, on a QWERTY keyboard =’s canine prejudice!

  24. Brad

    1st attempt, 65wpm, 97% accuracy.

  25. Rachel

    69 with 2 errors, so 67 overall. Thank you computer engineering!

  26. Adam

    Rather surprised I’m the fastest so far — 100 WPM with 1 error resulting in 99 WPM (adjusted) on first/only attempt. http://i52.tinypic.com/2vskt37.png

  27. Kristin

    60 wpm with 1 error.

  28. Silversuperman

    50wpm w/ 0 errors. i am a horrible speller though so i’ve learned to slow down and double check the spelling before moving on to the next word when there is a word i’m unfamiliar w/ the spelling. It’s prolly much faster but when again words i don’t know take me the time to slow down and verify the spelling before moving on.

  29. Partin

    Typing Speed: 82 wpm
    Errors: 2 (Accuracy 97%)

    Adjusted Speed: 80 wpm

  30. Kodess

    64 but thats with error deduction :(
    Though I did fix some errors myself.

  31. Chronno S. Trigger

    52 (53, but I forgot to capitalize Greek). I got threw the first paragraph in one minute, so I’m happy.

  32. Callum Booth

    82WPM with 7 errors, so about 75WPM

  33. Cliff

    87 WPM, 0 Errors. Backspace key ftw!!

  34. dima

    That test is not accurate. You waste half of the time reading the text you need to type. I can type twice as fast if I’m typing something our of my head, like writing an essay.

  35. aaronjaye

    Just took this exact test for work – 91 words, 0 errors. Haters to the left.

  36. fakeforme123

    102 WPM. But I got 139 Errors. So Net WPM = 0 :)

  37. Mitchell

    88 WPM, 1 error. Otherwise I would have gotten 89 damn keyboard.

  38. koiphish

    64 WPM, 1 Error, to average 63 WPM. http://bit.ly/ncZUOQ

  39. Josh B.

    Using colemak, I get 46 wpm. I just switched a few months ago and already my wrists feel a lot better.
    Using standard qwerty, I was 83 wpm before. I’m still learning though.

  40. trendless

    85wpm – 3errors = 82wpm

  41. Santiago Q.

    62 WPM, with no errors

  42. Aaron

    64wpm w/ 1 error. This is on a dvorak keyboard.

  43. Cameron

    64 WPM with 3 errors = 61 WPM

  44. Sam

    83WPM – 1 error = 82WPM
    Occupation: Programmer

  45. Ryan

    I go on typingtest.com sometimes. High score: 111wpm with 0 errors.

  46. Handalaan

    I can’t transcribe text for the life of me but if I type from memory or I am coming up with things on the spot, it’s significantly faster.

  47. Andrew James

    I seem to avg about 55wpm with about 1-2 mistakes.

  48. infmom

    I type about 110 wpm. But then I’ve been doing it since 1967. :)

  49. Joe

    88 wpm with 3 errors

  50. HumanDude

    79 WPM – 4 errors = 74 WPM
    Oh, I and use Dvorak.

  51. Glymmar

    10 WPM with a wind at my back.
    No errors.
    As a professional programmer, I get paid to think. lol

  52. anseio

    horrible accuracy and get between 53 and 79wpm.

  53. bob

    ehh… 93, 1 error.
    Not fast enough. :P

  54. Mike

    I am sad at typing, 30 wpm or less, I make up for it by having a keyboard ninja for a girlfriend. She can switch back and forth between qwerty and dvorak at 100 wpm virtually error free. Trying to watch the fingers is kinda hypnotic.

  55. Bob

    71 with 15 errors (66 adjusted). If I am copying like I had to do in the test, generally I type quickly, forget about errors, and then go back and spell-check.

  56. Dan

    75wpm with 12 errors on my netbook (tiny keyboard). 87wpm with 2 errors on my full size keyboard.

  57. MiezeKater33

    German text, one minute, qwertz MS comfort curve keyboard:
    101 wpm – four errors = 97 wpm.

  58. gunter

    193 WPM 0 errors. My work requires me to write a lot of research reports.

  59. Road Dog777

    Voice recognition trained progs in W-7, linked to a hi-end head mike wrap-around are available for dictation into many documents, once trained, they work 4 me at good speeds, with predictive spell-cheching macros, Tried some humor earlier, uber-censor kill-filed it off. I guess harmless humor is forboten. His site so I doubt this will B posted, so now I revert to geek-speech and maybe get into this thread,

    ROAD_DOG777

  60. eleazar

    87wpm – 2 errors = 85wpm adjusted

  61. Jeffrey

    72wpm – 2 errors = 70wpm adjusted.

  62. Luciano Vercetti

    106 WPM – 2 errors = 104 WPM

  63. Laxaria

    101-4 errors = 97 wpm

    I’m curious as to exactly what basis they define a “word” though. If it’s a word in its loose sense then it’s perhaps not a very accurate measurement since I can generally push closer to 110-120 on TypeRacer, which, IIRC, utilises the concept that 5 characters on average = 1 word. Naturally, this average is a bit arbitrary, but the exploration of this thought trail has some merit.

  64. Tyler

    71 adjusted. Awlright :)

  65. DiAnne

    When I took typing in high school (on electric typewriter…but not computer), I was accurate at about 75 w.p.m.

    I’ve spent the past 25 years as a medical transcriptionist and my speed has soared. My last official typing test was over 110 for a 5-minute timed test with two errors. BUT…my attention to accuracy has dropped simply because it is faster to let “auto correct” fix the small typo and fly through the document.

  66. DiAnne

    Well…I’ve slowed down a bit. I just took the test (via the hyperlink in the post above) and I was down to 93 w.p.m. but it was 0 errors. I think it was slower because I found myself correcting a few mistakes out of habit. With a true typing test, you can’t fix errors. However, I find this a much better reflection on the quality (and speed, of course) you will produce.

    Now I want to keep practicing! But it’s midnight and that means time to get more work done. :(

  67. Abhigyan

    64 wpm @ 0 errors. No corrections made.

  68. cgt

    57 wpm, 2 errors. Could probably type faster on the keyboard I’m used to, rather than the laptop keyboard I am currently using.

  69. Wency

    57 with 3 errors

  70. Will

    103 wpm with 1 error. :)

  71. opera

    I don’t use java (cuts chances of infections) so unable to do the test.

    Probably the first time I’ve been asked to install java on a site.

    However I typed this with two fingers while drinking coffee and eating toast if that counts!!

  72. Umang Kedia

    Only 44 wpm.. But learned the touch typing few days before only.. loving it

  73. Ben Arnold

    84 wpm with 3 errors in a german Text (I’m swiss, therefore german is a little easier for me to write than english)

  74. Swinders

    Adjusted speed of 42 wpm with 5 errors deducted. [1minute test with Test Instructions in English]

  75. Ammar

    56 :( it could be higher but im not native english speaker and i think that has some effect. Bear in mind that words you dont know how to spell will take most of time, for example when you’re typing “car” you’re not actually looking at screen and typing C then A then R, you just read the word and typed it quickly because you already know how to spell it.

  76. F11

    Got 74 wpm with 4 errors so my adjusted was 70 wpm.

  77. Sachin

    85 wpm with 0 errors

  78. Jonas

    78-3=75, third try.
    In bed on bad laptop keyboard.

    I learned to touch type by sanding off the symbols on the keys a number of years ago. When looking down doesn’t help, you stop doing it and learn to feel your way around instead.

    Something most of you are leaving out is how many times you practiced the specific text.
    10-15 years ago I played a lot with writing the alphabet on time. You start out at ~10s but end up at ~3 after repeating it enough.

  79. Antriksh

    61 WPM, adjusted to 58 for 3 errors.

  80. Daryl

    Net Avg 50 but errors aplenty. This was my fourth go but apart from the first go, which was significantly better, they all averaged around 50wpm net.

    Not a good as I would have liked to think!

  81. mg207

    I got 84 WPM and 0 errors. I rushed, but my natural one is 55.

  82. AbbaDabba

    I did about 80 wpm… that test was harder than some because of all the capitalizations and punctuation characters. I’ve had bursts of up to 120-130 on some tests, but those were with just the main letters.

  83. zenchaos

    68 WPM with 0 errors.

  84. grabegrabe

    1 minute test, Astronauts: 93 – 3 errors = 90.

    2 minute test, Aesop: 99 – 4 errors = 97.

    3 minute test, Zebras: 93 – 7 errors = 90.

    Would surely be nice if we had a consistent way to compare our results …

  85. J000

    80 WPM with 3 errors – adjusted to 77 WPM.
    I am on my computer about 100 hours a week, if not more being in IT.
    I have had this typing speed since I was in typing class in middle school, but I’ve never ever been able to use my left pinky for any key so that slows me down a bit!

  86. Aaron Pace

    85 WPM with approximately 20 errors. :) I didn’t even get through that first sentence without making a mistake. Or the second one. I did get through the third one without a mistake. But not the fourth one.

  87. Jenn

    I got asked that question during an interview once. I told them that as a technical writer, I have never been tested on my typing speed… But when I do type it sounds like, “Tappity, tappity, tappity, tappity.”

    I made them laugh and got the job.

  88. CodeHxr

    78 WPM, 0 errors. As with most others, I would’ve been faster if it weren’t for the typos I had to go back and correct.

  89. Peter

    I clocked in at 82 after 3 errors. Whenever I type something that I am familiar with (which is not an accurate benchmark, I know . . .) I can achieve up to 150 words per minute.

  90. John

    54 WPM Average. However, I can type much faster when I’m typing my own thought and not trying to take dictation. That is mainly because I’m not a touch typer and I’m terrible when it come to taking dictation. If there was a free style test that still check grammar and spelling my average would probably be in the 80-90 WPM range. Ironically, the only C I have ever had (college included) was in typing. I’m now the CTO of my company :)

  91. tommy2rs

    I type like an eagle, circling above the keyboard then making a quick strike down at the key I want. I wish could teach the other 6 fingers and my thumbs to type instead of having them milling about aimlessly getting in the way.

    I’ll get back to you on my speed next week after I finish the test.

  92. Caroline

    I managed 86wpm after 1 error doing the Tiger test. The first test I tried was the Astronauts test and I only got 71-odd because of all the stoopid quotation marks. And I thought I’d get a score up in the 100wpm region LOL!

  93. Jake

    94 WPM after errors.

  94. Ark

    36 wpm and 3 errors, adjusted to 33 wpm. Didn’t know I was so bad lol

    Perhaps you guys can recommend some online(free ofc) sites to learn how to type faster and properly, I just use like 3 fingers haha

  95. Tom

    These typing scores are pretty awesome. Regrettably, never really learned how to type. Can anyone recommend a good typing tutorial? And, which is better, straight or curved keyboard? Thanks.

  96. Andrew

    75, 4 errors = 73 net on test instructions…we actually use this website to test the typing speed of potential employees when we test their computer skills.

  97. jeffs3rd

    net 62wpm, much better than I expected.

  98. Paulo Cezar

    67 wpm, 6 erros, adjusted to 61 wpm. Not that bad, but I used to be faster than this when using real typewriters!!

  99. OotenAboot

    18 wpm with 1 error. In 1961 my high school principal advised me, along with others, that our ninth grade marks were good enough to carry an extra option in tenth grade. For years, that extra option had been typing, but – Good News – for 1961-62 we would be offered German instead. Who knew that 20 years later although called an accountant and financial planner, I would effectively become a full-time typist for the next 20 years, and the foreseeable future?

  100. Jean

    87 adjusted speed – Raw score of 92 with 5 errors.

    I did NOT like the interface – the way each word is underlined and disappears as you type it was very disorienting. I know I had some errors because of that.

    Years ago I took a typing test for one job and scored in the mid 30’s for adjusted WPM. Then, through all the routine typing (primarily commands, etc.) over several years, my speed increased and increased. I was doing help desk work (before we had that term) and supporting over 80 PCs in an early Novell network. But hey! Look how well I can type now. ;-)

  101. tyagee

    24 with 4 errors

  102. DiAnne

    Tom – I’m a firm believer that curved (at the least) or ergonomic (the kind that separate the left side from the right) keyboards are far better than straight ones. I type about 12 hours a day 7 days a week and I have no carpal tunnel problems, which I attribute to a good keyboard. Right now, my favorite affordable one is a Microsoft Ergonomic 4000 (wired) or 7000 (wireless).

    There are a myriad of typing tutorial CDs and probably just as many internet tutorials. I had my kids learn two different kids’ programs. First, it was a Disney Timon and Pumbaa learn to type CD, then it was a Spongebob Typing Teacher. (Those aren’t the real names, but they are close.)

    The difference between those and “adult” tutorials is that they make it fun enough that you’ll actually enjoy the lessons. They use games where you have to type things or hit certain keys. The games generally cost less than $10.

  103. mkirizarry

    I type about 55 wpm.

    You should always sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor. Also your wrist should be kept up, not resting on the desk. When you strive to not look at your hands and really learn the feel of the keyboard your typing speed will increase, and, practice, practice, practice.

  104. Steve in Georgia

    47 with no errors. I guess it would have been faster if I hadn’t gone back and changed all of the mistakes as I go along. That’s always been my problem, fix the error first.

  105. Edward Allen Weissbard

    65 wpm with 4 errors…I know I can do better :)

  106. 1sys

    Well, I never had any formal training, I never cared to type fast, and my right side of the brain is not as fast, so my left hand is realy not functioning the way it should be, LOL
    I think I get at about 25, maybe.. pathetic. hahah

  107. Michael Williams

    105 wpm with 6 wpm; adjusted rate 99 wpm.

    i typed more accurately when I used typewriters (a looooong time ago, of course). computer typing has made me lazy, since it’s easy in a word processing program to catch and correct the errors, or even autocorrect them.

    i had taken piano lessons for years before learning how to type, and I think that had something to do with being able to type faster than the average person.

  108. elo

    I got 27WPM
    8 Errors
    Adjusted speed
    19WPM :'( slow typer

  109. Matt

    97 wpm with 1 error. I teach so I type a lot… PowerPoints, emails, masters’ papers… And, due to some crazy changes in courses when I was in school, I had to take typing class 3 times.

  110. Juan Manuel

    ADJUSTED SPEED: 84 wmp
    ERRORS: 6
    TYPING SPEED: 90 wpm

    should be noted that spanish text are a bit inconsistent.

  111. Old Gnome

    A typewriter typing test (which the linked test is) will not be a fair judgment of real document creation speed. In the old days (I learned to type on a manual typewriter), accuracy was more important than speed, though both counted.

    Once typed on a typewriter, a document was extremely difficult to change without obvious correction marks, mis-spaced words, etc.

    I believe a computer-based typing test would have to test the ability to recreate a document, including tables, headings, headers and footers to really qualify as a usable test. Such a critter cannot be easily measured by a typewriter typing test.

    64 wpm w/17 errors. I never said I was fast *or* accurate…. :)

  112. TsarNikky

    Between 50-55wpm with 2-3 errors.
    This is why keyboards will be around for a very long time for serious data entry–notwithstanding all the hoopla about tablets and how Windows 8 seems to have abandoned the keyboard/mouse data entry format.

  113. Diana

    70 net. Used to do more than this–I’ve gotten lazy!

  114. Bonnie Schupp

    77 wpm, 0 errors … on the test

    Why, then, do I have so many typos when I post online?

  115. Baradoch

    60 wpm, 0 errors.

  116. GKI

    43 net. Better than I thought.

  117. Michael Shaw

    I refuse to take any stinking typing test. I never type faster than I can think. And that, depending on one day to the next, is usually very very slow.

  118. Donotalo

    657 chars in 2 minutes, 65 words/min (without considering error), error in 2 words (98% accuracy), 64 words/min (with error adjustment).

  119. Shemli

    my tip – when typing numbers I just punch any proximal key. This for locating myself on the number line. Let’s say I want to type a series of numbers beginning with 7. So I stab anywhere in and around 7. If I hit 6 – big deal. At least I know where the 7 is (now). Delete, bang!

    Great if you’re in low light or you don’t have your reading glasses on. No significant stoppage in production just cuz you’re faced with a phone number or a serial number.

    Limitation: if you’re typing a concealed password. There’s no “feedback”.

    Trust this as somewhat reasonable. Have a pleasant day!
    Geek on! < 8 )

  120. David Jones

    After the first practice run, I took two different tests. The first one had me clocked at 53 wpm w/2 errors (adjusted = 51 wpm). Test 2 was 56 wpm w/ zero errors.

  121. Starkiller

    43 with 5 errors, so 38. The problem for me was reading the text and typing it at the same time. I NEVER do that since you can copy-paste everything. Writing a mail or this comment for example should be much faster for most, since the text is already in your head :-)

  122. Furryface

    I learned how to “type” back in the main frame and mini-computer days when you just had to type in commands and so on so I just used two fingers. Any articles we hand wrote, with corrections and cross-outs all over the place and gave to a secretary who would type it for us. Now along comes the micro-computer age and I STILL type with two fingers. I got fairly good at it and type fast enough for what I need to do. I tried “touch typing” and got frustrated and just went back to two finger typing.

    I am retired now and do quite a bit of writing and am even working on my first novel.

    Oh yeah, my speed on the typing test was an abysmal 20 words a minute :( and that was with going back making the odd correction here and there.

  123. A

    50 WPM zero errors

  124. Antonia Beck

    I type 120 errorless; however, like infomom, I have been doing it since 1967. Started on a manual typewriter and worked up to a selectric. Computers ruined my speed — too easy to make corrections. Of course, my keyboard of choice is the “clickey” keyboard from the old, old IBM PC’s. More like a Selectric. Geez, just typing this message (and being nudged by my greyhound), I have made several errors — and corrected them. Sheesh!

  125. Miss.Andrea Borman.

    I can only type looking at the keyboard and then only two finger typing,like I am typing this now. So it would not pass in an office where you have to type fast and without looking at the keyboard.Andrea Borman.

  126. Sanchit Goyal

    54 WPM Accurate. And I thought I was fast!

  127. outRIAAge

    61 – 2 errors = 59, which is definitely faster than I type in real life: would be exhausting to keep it up.

    Tips/Techniques: Never look at the keyboard. Use a wrist-rest AND use a chair with enough flexibility to rest your elbows in the optimal position. MOST IMPORTANT: Use a proper, typewriter-loud “clicky” keyboard like the Das Keyboard, a 1980’s vintage IBM Model M (eBay $50-$130), or its $80 modern variant made by Unicomp.

  128. Shahneel

    not more 59 with no errors….for a 1 minute trialll

  129. princemooch

    On the test i got 32, but in real life I type much faster, like I typed this message in less than 20 seconds!

  130. sillisa

    72 wpm. I tend to keep typing and after I’m through with my train of thought, go back and correct errors. Not too bad for an old secretary who’s been out of the work force for 10 years. Used to be much higher, of course, when I was working.

  131. Mandi

    1 minute test – 81 wpm; 2 minute test – 90 wpm; 3 minute test – 98 wpm

    What I think is so funny is how competitive everyone is over something so trivial! LOL

  132. Gregg DesElms

    I’m 54 years old, and have been typing since my sophomore year in high school (so that would have been… what… 1972 or 1973 or something… pushing 40 years ago). My mother knew that I would need to know how to type, in life; but she wanted to make sure that I bygod knew how to REALLY type. She made me take the first typing course, which pretty much every high school student who was college-bound — regardless whether male or female — took. So I was comfortable in that class. But then she made me take the second typing class, which pretty much only females took… I guess because they figured they’d be secretaries or something. I was not so comfortable in that second class (er… you know… that is, until my father pointed-out what target-rich environment it was for, to use his exact words, “pickin’-up chicks”… but I digress. Sorry).

    I came out of that second class typing better than 60 words per minute, with no errors (the requirement was only 40 wpm, error free, to pass). And we’re talking full-on touch-typing, without looking, even once, at the keyboard. In fact, the typewriters in the second class had all blank keys, so one either touch-typed, or one floundererd.

    And we’re talking MANUAL typewriters, here… old-fashioned, clickety-clack machines with cloth ribbons and lower-case e’s, o’s, p’s, d’s and b’s filled-in so they looked like dots, and the occasional character out of alignment. Mostly old “Royal” brand machines, like this one.

    Then on to college where there was lots of typing, and my skill/speed increased… using, in those days, an old Smith Corona (manual) portable.

    Then I worked for a newspaper, where I refined my typing skills and speed to a fine art. That’s also where I finally typed on an electric typewriter for the first time; and we were also beginning to use computer terminals which were directly connected to the typesetting system. I could REALLY fly on those things after a while.

    Then came the Apple and Apple-II (and II+) computers, then the old CP/M-based computers, and, finally, the original IBM PC.

    By then, I could almost cause smoke to rise off the keyboards.

    Then all the IBM PC clones. The first Mac, then the next. The first Windows machine, then the next. And the rest, of course, machine-wise, is well-known history.

    Through it all I just got faster and better while typing everything from reports, to articles, to newsgroup and/or forum postings, to emails, to computer programming code, to business proposals, to RFPs, etc., etc., etc. It’s simply not possible to get through years of business without knowing how to type… and, if one’s to be successful, to type WELL.

    Today, I can manage better than 90 wpm without errors (or with but one, perhaps, per hundreds of words) for hours and hours at a time… never once looking at my fingers.

    Believe it or not, though, I know at least one woman who could put me to shame on that score. Years ago, after the West Coast Computer Faire (in San Francisco) of either ’77 or ’78 (I can no longer remember exactly which), I met with a programmer whose software product my company had discovered at the Faire, and to which my company wished to have the exclusive marketing rights. As a Chicago company, we had no lawyer in San Francisco; and he was just a young and up-and-coming genius who never had the need for a lawyer. And we wanted to hammer-out the contract fast, before he changed his mind.

    I suggested he get his own attorney; after consulting with my partner, I even offered to pay for his for him. He, instead, insisted that if we could find an attorney who was really ethical, we could ask him/her to make sure that both sides were fairly represented in the agreement; and I decided that that made some sense. So I found such a lawyer, and we met in his conference room and we had a marathon session of hammering-out each clause of the agreement.

    The lawyer had his secretary in the room, too… sitting at an IBM Selectric typewriter. He’d take notes on what we were agreeing to, and so would she… in shorthand. For each clause, the lawyer would hand his notes to her, and she, using both sets of notes, and her years of experience typing contracts and whatnot for him, would type, on sheets of paper colored yellow to indicate that it contained only draft copy, some seriously high-quality legalese, in triplicate (using carbon paper) which we would all review and mark-up when she was done.

    And here’s the thing: She typed so fast — so smokingly, unbelievably fast — that I, for one, could not take my eyes off of it. It was a sight to see. She typed so fast that we didn’t even bother moving on to the next clause. We used the minutes (and it was just minutes, she typed so fast) to refill our coffees, sit back and take a breath, crack a joke, whatever. In no time she was placing a copy of what she had just types — not an error in it — on the table in front of us, double-spaced (so there’d be room for our mark-ups), and then she sit back down with her shorthand pad at the ready.

    This, I thought to myself, is how it’s done. She was magnificent; and after so many years working for this lawyer, they were an unbelievable team.

    She’d take copious notes on our mark-ups, allowing only what the attorney told her should become the final copy to make it to her notes; and then, when we were finally done with those mark-ups, she’d retype the net result (from her notes) onto blue paper to indicate that it was final wording, but only one clause worth of it.

    Then we’d move on to the next clause.

    At the end of the day, she simply put all the blue paper clauses in proper order, and typed a finished multi-page contract from them. Even THAT she did in no longer than it took us to sit around the table and congratulate ourselves for a job well done, then maybe run to the rest room, stretch our legs. She was done in no time.

    Then we each read through it one last time, approved it, shook hands, signed it, paid the lawyer, and left. It was an amazing day…

    …and more than three decades later, I’ve never forgotten that amazing woman. I probably should have looked at my watch and timed her… counted the words, and figured out how fast she typed. I asked her, and she just smiled and said, jokingly, that she didn’t want me to faint or anything, so she’d not tell me. I’m serious… it HAD to be around a hundred (or more) words per minute. It was blazingly fast; fingers blurred, and everything. It was unbelievable.

    I could not, as I watched her re-type that which she had already typed, help but think about the irony of how the very product we were negotiating was a word processor; and how if she were using it, she’d not have to do all that re-typing. She’d simply edit what she had already typed; and she be building the clauses into a single document all along so there’d be no final typing of the multi-page finished contract at the end. She’d simply print it and that’d be it.

    The word processor, by the way, was a little gem called “EasyWriter,” of which, at the time, we were becoming (pursuant to the aforementioned contract0 the exclusive worldwide marketer for use on Apple-II+ computers, effectively unseating Michael Shrayer’s “Electric Pencil” as the then-leading word processor for that computer. We later convinced the IBM folks in Hollywood, Florida (who were kinda’ almost secretly developing the IBM PC) to include in the very first software library that came with the very first IBM PC. So, we were making a little computer history that day, in that lawyer’s office, with the help of that amazing woman. None of us knew it yet, of course. I want to say that I remember that day so well because of THAT obvious reason; but I’m serious when I say that the blazing speed of the typist, with NO ERRORS, I tell you, is what sticks-out in MY memory!

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg@greggdeselms.com

  133. rroberto

    up until recently i could type 60 wpm with great accuracy

    since a disabling accident, the test shows i now type 27 wpm with 100 percent accuracy.

    wish i could find a one-handed typing site that truly delivered on what it promised

  134. iMineTech

    I got 79 wpm, no errors…

  135. Jack

    Well I have a 65-70 wpm usually with no errors, but the typing test provided on this page was very laggy causing errors to occur. xD I don’t really have any tips or tricks except that the more time you spend typing the faster you get. It helps to play instruments that require finger coordination.

  136. nonny mouse

    70 wpm with two errors.

    Like sillisa above, I used to be a LOT faster when I worked as a medical transcriptionist, back in the days when there was no auto-correct. I can remember how exciting it was going from a manual typewriter (we had to have very strong fingers back then!) to an IBM Selectric with a correcting backspace! Sad how that dates me…

    And Mandi? Back in those bad old days, how fast you typed wasn’t ‘trivial’ – 75 wpm was the minimum for qualifying for the better jobs, or all too often any at all, with accuracy on non-corrective keyboards being paramount. And in those bad old days, I can remember that that was the minimum requirement for women – men were allowed to type a lot slower to qualify for any jobs that required typing skills.

    My ex, a novelist, types far slower than I do, has to look at the keyboard and only uses four fingers, the first and middle of both hands (not counting a thumb for spacing), He’s still managed to write nearly 30 novels that way. (I’ve only written seven and a Master’s thesis, how’s that for competitive?)

  137. Lori

    Somewhere between 60-80 wpm. I used to be a solid 80-90 wpm. Now that I’m a geek, I’ve slowed down.

  138. J Glenn

    I took typing in college and was doing about 45WPM. Now I forgot how to type and use the two finger method. Too lazy to take it again. Two fingers gets me by for emails.

  139. Larry Singleton

    28 wpm. on non-military keyboard
    60 wpm. on military keyboard ( all caps)
    71 years old.
    God Bless America

  140. Abraham

    104 WPM and 3 errrors =)

  141. Russell

    93 WPM with 1 error -> 92 WPM. On the computer all day…and my coworkers wonder how I get work done so fast…

  142. Dawnski

    I used a pc program to teach me typing 85 wpm, 5 errors. When touch typing always ensure your index fingers are on the keyboard (home position) F and J, to stop typos. To help speed up general productivity, combine with keyboard shortcuts and use macros………Greased Lightning!

  143. astral_cyborg

    4 wpm with 3 errors, but I think that I’m lot faster in my language (Greek).

  144. astral_cyborg

    I meant 44 wpm with 3 errors, lol. (count +1 error for that :b)

  145. Oofles

    81 WPM – 0 errors. I’ve been touch typing for 9 years, and working on computers definitely hasn’t hurt that.

  146. Roshnal

    47wpm with 2 errors. A 30wpm increase in 1 year.

  147. aifreadXIV

    55wpm

  148. Michael

    40wpm and 11 errors however I am English so am not used to the American spelling and dyslexic so can’t spell anyway.

  149. Arun

    61 WPM with 1 error gives me 60 WPM

  150. Anonymous

    38wpm. I only use 2 fingers to type xD…

  151. i542

    Made 93 wpm with 0 errors. I am so good.

  152. Douglas

    34 wpm 6 errors, I only use 2 fingers :)

  153. Carlos

    52 WPM with 1 Error – 51 WPM in adjusted speedy.

  154. Connor

    62WPM after 4 errors deducted. Not bad considering I’m laying down typing on my laptop

  155. Zushauque

    97wpm , 0 errors is the normal in English, Highest reached 103wpm with 5 errors (damn punctuations…;`) , Tested it on TypingMaster and TyperShark.
    Above is in English
    Arabic is approximately 70~72wpm ; Tested on a typing ‘ancient’ program called SAKHR.

  156. Zushauque

    Just retested it now , 83wpm with 1 error.

  157. Tom

    Thanks to DiAnne and mkirizarry for their help.

  158. Bob Downs

    75 WPM, no errors

  159. A Belcher

    87 WPM, 1 error.

  160. judy

    Found out I type like Columbus…”hunt and land!”

  161. J.L.Fernandez

    106 wpm, 3 errors.

    I use a Microsoft ergonomic keyboard

  162. colo

    Nice test, but the way it is programmed realy slows me down. I use VS international layout with “dead” keys. Lots of words are within quotes and in this kb layout I always start with to quotes, arrow left and type the text inside the quotes. That’s just not possible in this test.

  163. Michael

    45 with 3 errors. Not as high as I hoped, but still can say instant messaging with 10 people at once really builds your speeds.

  164. Khan777

    I type around 101wpm on a keyboard and an average of 55 wpm on my iPhone.

  165. oneahamd

    43

  166. shyam sharma

    48 with 0 error

  167. msriflegirl

    78 wpm, 2 errors for a net of 76 wpm

  168. Deana Hurley

    I got 48wpm. I don’t do touch typing, instead I just know where the keys are without having to look at the keyboard. I think that is a pretty good score :D

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