How is The World Typing? Take Our Scientific Typing Test to Compare!

Now you can compare your typing skills to the rest of the world while contributing to science – thanks to the Scientific Typing Test developed by researchers in Helsinki and Cambridge.

Take the Scientific Typing Test now!

TypingTest.com has teamed up with researchers from Aalto University and University of Cambridge to create the first scientific online typing test. Spend 5 minutes of your time and get extensive statistics on your speed and errors based on scientifically approved methods. A better controlled test procedure allows us to estimate your performance more reliably so that you can better track your progress and compare your results to others.

But there’s more: with the Scientific Typing Test you have the opportunity to contribute to science. Why is this important? Do you know how fast an average typist is? Are women faster or more careful than men? Is young age a benefit? Are typists in California faster than those in New York? It turns out that nobody knows answers to these basic questions. Continue reading How is The World Typing? Take Our Scientific Typing Test to Compare!

Desktop, Tablet or Phone – TypingTest.com works now everywhere

typing-test-all-devices1Exciting things have been happening at TypingTest.com! We recently completed a series of updates that enhance the usefulness and usability of our website and mobile apps, and we’re excited to share them with you. You’ll quickly see that we’ve updated the look, feel and layout of the site. We’ve also completed a series of technical improvements that make the site easier and more intuitive to use across multiple devices. Learn more about these updates, and then check them out for yourself!

Technical Improvements

As the number-one typing test site, with more than four million tests taken per month, TypingTest.com is the ultimate place to test and improve your typing skills. We’re committed to delivering a first-rate experience to every visitor, and we’re confident that the following technical improvements will enhance your enjoyment of our service in many ways: Continue reading Desktop, Tablet or Phone – TypingTest.com works now everywhere

7 Ways Touch-Typing Improved My Life

shutterstock_151640570_150x230-150x150I was introduced to touch-typing at a young age and have worked to improve my skills ever since. 90 words per minute is a standard rate for my everyday typing—but I can type at 110 words per minute if I’m intensely focused, and my record here on TypingTest.com is 136 words per minute. As a professional writer, having a fast type speed is pretty important for me. I create roughly 12,000 words of new content each week, and that doesn’t even include emails, status updates, instant messaging, forums posts—and, well, you get the idea. When all my writing is tallied in, my weekly total is closer to 20,000 words.

We all type a great deal—whether it’s for work emails or Facebook chats or forum posts. My experience can give you some insights on how learning touch-typing can enhance your everyday experiences. Here are seven specific ways touch-typing has made my life more awesome. Continue reading 7 Ways Touch-Typing Improved My Life

Are Typing Skills Really Necessary for College?

shutterstock_124137598Did you know that the average college student types at about 30-35 wpm?

That might sound like a lot but, let’s consider that you are writing a 5 page term paper for one of your courses.  If you had the entire paper hand written and sitting in front of you and were able to type it out in one sitting, it would take you about an hour and a half

That’s in an ideal world of course and you probably won’t be writing your college papers that way.  Instead, you’ll probably have a rough outline and you’ll have to think about what you are going to say as you type.

That being said, at 30wpm a 5 page essay could take 3 hours or more to simply type.  If you’re like most college students and waiting until the final hour to get that essay done, you may not have 3 hours to spare. Continue reading Are Typing Skills Really Necessary for College?

Got Skills? Top 5 Jobs for Touch Typists

shutterstock_129169610It’s a competitive job market out there and employers are looking for applicants with more than just a degree these days.  They want people with experience but, more importantly, they want people with skills that they can apply to the job.

Look through any online job database and what do you see?

Companies looking for people who have computer skills, people skills and the ability to understand and implement strategies quickly and effectively.  If you’re still using the old “hunt & peck” method of typing, you’re selling yourself short.  The fact is this: touch typing is one of the easiest skills to learn and one that can also help you earn.

So, now that you’ve decided to brush up on your keyboarding skills, how can they help you in today’s job market?

Well, we’ve put together a list of five jobs that cater to someone with your high level of typing skills.  And, the best part is that any of these jobs could be done both working for an employer and at home on a freelance basis if you wished.

Who knew that learning to touch type could open the door to so many possibilities? Continue reading Got Skills? Top 5 Jobs for Touch Typists

Do Typing Games Really Increase Learning in the Classroom?

shutterstock_126234773If you’ve ever learned touch typing as a kid you might remember learning how to type on a typewriter.  There were no touch typing games where you got to catch bubbles or build towers by pressing the correct key.  Learning to type was based on plain old repetition.

As a kid, this doesn’t sound too exciting and who can blame them?

Games have taken entertainment and learning from a more passive approach to a more interactive approach.  In fact, over 60 studies conducted in the classroom by teachers and their students showed that using academic games in the classroom resulted in a 20% gain in student achievement.

Allowing students to interact in the classroom via games helps them learn in a way that they are familiar with.  And, more teachers are getting on board with offering games as a way to supplement learning in the classroom.  A recent infographic shows that 95% of teachers use video games that were made specifically for educational use.

Touch typing games have become one of the most popular ways to solidify typing skills in the classroom through the level of interaction they allow and the variety of students which they appeal to. Continue reading Do Typing Games Really Increase Learning in the Classroom?

Is It Ever Too Late to Learn to Touch Type?

shutterstock_70066432Basic typing is a skill that pretty much everyone in today’s world should possess. Most schools are teaching with computers, and there are certain schools that even allow children to use their personal laptops for homework and storing lessons. While today’s students are given the benefit of typing lessons within the classroom and typing practice through their schoolwork, this hasn’t always been the case.

In the early days, typing was taught to high school girls as it was considered a skill they would need in order to work as a secretary, and the following decades allowed for typing to be taken as an elective course, leaving many adults today lacking in the much needed keyboarding skills that are required for various areas of employment. Continue reading Is It Ever Too Late to Learn to Touch Type?

5 Shortcuts to Increase Your Typing Speed

We all know that typing speed matters.  Whether you’re applying for a job as a paralegal or an executive assistant, being able to type quickly and accurately might be the only skill that stands between you and another equally qualified applicant.

Can you type 65+ words per minute?  If you didn’t have the benefit of taking a typing course or two in school, that might not be the case.  So, how do you get those skills up to par in a short period of time so that you can compete for these high paying positions?

Here’s 5 shortcuts that will help you increase your typing speed in no time.  We don’t guarantee overnight results but, if you follow these tips you’ll definitely get a leg up on the competition. Continue reading 5 Shortcuts to Increase Your Typing Speed

Ode to the Typewriter: Not Your Mom’s Typing Lessons

shutterstock_1170045011In today’s fast paced and modern world, its hard to believe that the keyboards attached to practically every computer once originated from the typewriter.  That now almost obsolete piece of machinery that literally changed the way we communicate.

The introduction of the typewriter allowed for faster document transcription, letter writing and it opened up an abundance of job opportunities for women.  While computer word processing is still quite similar to that of the typewriter era, a variety of differences have developed, as well.  Today, it is imperative for nearly every job applicant to have keyboarding skills. In fact, many positions require that the applicant take a wpm test as part of the application process.

Starting around the 1950′s, typing lessons were often a requirement for high school girls.  For women, learning to type allowed them a skill that could assist in landing a job.  Fast forward to the 21st century and typing lessons are still taught in schools.

Now, keyboarding techniques have been implemented into the curriculum and are a requirement for both girls and boys.  The difference between now and then however, is that many schools offer typing lessons as an elective.   As crazy as it may sound, many adults do not know how to type even in our modern world.

Typing Skills Are a Must in Today’s World

The global job market is extremely competitive, which means that typing and keyboarding skills are very important. The good news is that there are plenty of easy ways for people with little to no typing skills to learn to type, many of which are free of charge.

Free typing lessons allow students to learn the very basics of typing, similar to what our mothers and their mothers may have learned in school.  Some programs even teach students the various keyboarding online techniques required for many office jobs.

For those in need of more intense training, working with a typing tutor, practicing your wpm skills with an online typing test, or online tutorials may be of great benefit.

You Can Always Improve Your Typing Skills

While our technology continues to evolve, the basics of typing will always remain the same.  Executive assistants of today’s world still use the same fingering techniques as the secretaries of yesterday; all that has changed is the basic technology.  Online typing tests and tutorials are very similar to those of past decades. The main differences being the implementation of keyboard features that are not part of a standard old-style typewriter. People of today are not only able learn to type the way their mothers were taught, they are given the added benefit of learning new and innovative techniques that can assist them with speed and accuracy.

Typing Is Easy and Fun

For anyone looking to brush up on or improve their typing skills, there are a variety of online typing tests and tutorials that are easy to follow and fun to complete. Individuals can keep track of their speed, learn to avoid common mistakes, and take practice tests when they feel ready.  Online typing tutorials are a great way for individuals to learn to type, sharpen their existing skills, and ace the job application process.

Ergonomics and the Dark Side of Touch Typing

touch_typing_ergonomics_carpal_tunnelTouch typing: it makes our lives easier, our performance on the job more efficient and our work, accurate.  Students use it to write papers in record time, employees compete for high paying jobs with a secure future and entrepreneurs make their living with this one seemingly simple skill.

But even with all of these benefits, touch typing has a dark side.  A side which many new typists are unaware of until it is too late. It starts out with a little stiffness between the shoulder blades one day.  Maybe a sore wrist or stiff neck the next and before long, you find it difficult to keep up with your work.  You try shifting in your seat or purchasing a wrist rest to take the pressure off, yet nothing seems to work.

“Is touch typing supposed to hurt,” you ask yourself?

Well, the short answer is, “no”.

You see, it’s all about ergonomics, that’s the key.  Many of us never learn the proper way of sitting while typing.  Even if we do, we might find ourselves in working in an environment that forces us to adopt bad typing habits.

Poor posture, keyboards placed up too high, chairs with no lumbar support and computer screens too far away or at an awkward angle all create a recipe for touch typing disaster.

The symptoms of touch typing in a poorly designed office space go far beyond carpal tunnel syndrome.  In fact, that’s only one of the many aches and pains typists suffer from.  Others include shoulder, neck and even upper arm and forearm pain.

So, how do you make sure that you don’t meet touch typing’s painful dark side?

There is no one size fits all solution but, here are a few suggestions that can help prevent and even ease existing pain:

Streeeetch!

When sitting in one position for too long muscles and joints become stiff and achy.  The solution is to get up and stretch periodically.  The key is to stretch the minute that you begin to feel tension or weakness – waiting until the muscles are completely fatigued means it’s too late.

Make sure to not only focus on the areas where you feel tension but, the connecting areas as well.  Stretch out your chest, shoulders, arms – even your legs.  Our muscles work in harmony with each other and stiffness in one area can affect your posture, causing pain in another.

Use the Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro technique is based off of the idea of having short bursts of productivity with short periods of rest and relaxation.

Here’s how it works: using the Pomodoro technique, you work straight through your task for a full 25 minutes then, take a 5 minute break.  During your break, try sitting back and relaxing, laying down and meditating, stretching, doing jumping jacks or anything that gets you to relax and give your muscles and eyes a rest.

To make your life easier, try using an egg timer to time your productivity and rest periods or, you can also use the Tomato Timer right on your computer.

Position Yourself Just Right

Some people swear by using a laptop to get the best positioning of their body while typing.  Though laptops are useful and versatile for switching up your posture, many times they aren’t an option.

If you are working in an office with a desktop or using laptop but have limited seating options, experiment with making some adjustments.  Try adjusting the angle of your screen, the position of your keyboard and mouse.

One factor people often overlook: seat height.  Adjusting the height of your seat can make a world of difference in reducing upper back, shoulder and neck strain.  Try positioning your seat so that your arms hang naturally and comfortably in a bent position.  If you look like a t-rex sitting at your computer, your chair is too low!

These are just a few of the techniques available to help you create a comfortable and safe touch typing experience.  Remember, touch typing doesn’t have to be painful.  Avoid the darkside and enjoy the benefits of touch typing for years to come.