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Random Ways to Test Computer Typing Speed By Erin McManaway, eHow Contributor
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With computers becoming more a part of our lives in academics, work, social networking and entertainment, there is an increased value in knowing how to type both quickly and accurately. Through practice and everyday application, you can hone your typing skills as you become more familiar with your keyboard's layout. Typing speed is usually measured in the number of words per minute that you can type. If you are working to boost your typing speed through drills or just curious to know how fast you type, there are a number of ways you can determine your typing speed.
Online Speed Tests
Websites such as Learn2Type, Typing Test or Keybr offer free online typing tests built into their webpages. Online tests are often flash-based applications that challenge you with a passage to type while timing your progress with an on-screen timer. Most tests will run for a minute and report your scores in a words per minute style. Online speed tests are a way to quickly measure your progress over a period of time.
Typing software such as Typing Instructor, Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing or Typing Pal often includes speed tests as part of the typing program. The program may also include games and drills that have typing speed calculations integrated into the normal exercises. You can purchase these typing programs from online retailers or from most retailers who carry computer software.
If you do not want to use a program or software to calculate your typing speed, you can always choose to run a manual self-test. Use a watch or clock with an alarm, set to sound the alarm in a minute. Paste a passage of text into your word processing program at the top of a blank document and time yourself as you attempt to retype the passage below. After the minute has passed, count the number of words you have typed to calculate your words per minute.
Erin McManaway holds a B.A. in professional writing from Francis Marion University, where she earned the Richard B. Larsen Memorial Award for Business and Technical Writing. She has worked in materials development, media and information technology in the nonprofit sector since 2006. McManaway has also been a writer and editor since 2008.
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