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.

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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!

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?

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?

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.

Warning: Foreign Keyboards Strike Back

shutterstock_62052154I had been looking forward to my holiday in France for a long time, eager to experience a new culture and lifestyle.  Before leaving, I promised to write an e-mail to my family and friends everyday to share all my adventures with them.

I knew it wouldn’t take up much time thanks to the typing lessons I took in school with plenty of typing practice under my belt and the impressive 105 I scored on a wpm test recently.  As soon as my feet landed on Parisian soil, I knew why everyone raved about this city back home.  Everything was different in a nice way; the language, the food, attire and attitude.

In all my excitement of exploring the city, I had almost forgotten about my promise to send an e-mail.  Luckily, I found a cozy internet cafe not far off from where I was, and settled down to finish them off quickly.  I typed out my first mail to Dad without once looking down as I was trained to do by my typing tutor when I practiced keyboarding online.  Here is a little snippet of the gobbledygook staring back at me from the screen:

“Hi; I, ade it sqfely to Pqris: Tell, o, not to zorry qbout, e, m I q, qt q nice zo, qn|s ho, e:

Zqs it Ed|s zedding on the &(th/ Zish hi, on, y behalf: I zill, iss it qll M9″

Dad would never manage to decipher my originally intended text, which would have read like this in simple English:

“Hi, I made it safely toParis. Tell mom not to worry about me; I am at a nice woman’s home.

Was it Ed’s wedding on the 15th? Wish him luck on my behalf. I will miss it all :(

Imagine my horror to find that almost all of the words made no sense!  All my Qs and Ws were replaced with As and Zs. I had misplaced punctuation marks, and letters were interchanged with numbers; both my e-mail draft and my mind were a mighty mess.

Sitting there in that internet cafe, totally confused and frustrated with my keyboard problems, I was sure someone was playing a prank on me by switching around the keys. Little did I realize that the culprit was the standard keyboard layout in some European countries; I wasn’t even aware that something called AZERTY existed.

It took me a good hour to find the right keys and fix the mistakes in my first e-mail. This reminded me of my hunt-and-peck days before I started taking  typing lessons. I could just imagine sitting down with my friends once I got back, trying to convince them this was a true story. They just wouldn’t believe that I, the typing test wpm champ of the group, had so much trouble writing a short e-mail.

Oh, how I missed my good old QWERTY keyboard. It definitely took away some of the charm ofFranceand made me home-sick. Actually, I blame myself for not preparing properly for the foreign trip. If I was expecting these AZERTY keyboarding changes all over the country, it would have reduced some of the initial shock and saved me some precious time, which I could have used to go sightseeing and shopping instead!

Anyway, it’s just another valuable lesson in life. Now I will have to learn to type on a foreign keyboard in my spare time, especially if I plan on living abroad for a long duration. I can experience a new culture like I always wanted, and I have an interesting anecdote to narrate as a bonus.

The Zen of Touch Typing for Dyslexics

shutterstock_124777975For most people diagnosed with dyslexia, the world is an even more complicated place than ever, full of pitfalls at each turn. That exam you have to take, the interview scheduled next week or, the paper that needs to be turned in on Monday.

These are all areas of your life that can be affected by a way of processing information that many people don’t really understand.

Touch typing can help many dyslexics conquer what society deems a disability.  But before we go into the hows and whys, let’s take a look at what dyslexia is.

What Is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a language processing disorder that affects a person’s ability to read, write, spell and sometimes speak.  It’s not something that comes on suddenly, but rather a disability that some people are born with. And, although it’s been labeled a disability, it is really just a different way of processing information.

People with dyslexia might experience changes in the way they process information over time.  These changes can become quite complex and range from transposing letters while spelling to difficulty with grammar and writing on an in depth level.

To those who do not understand dyslexia, it may look like the person who is dyslexic is lazy or lacks intelligence.  However, it has nothing to do with IQ levels or motivation and the drive to learn.  Rather it is based on the way that the brain processes information.

For the dyslexic, one skill must first be committed to long term memory before learning another.  Most classroom learning focuses on learning multiple skills at once which leads to overload of the working memory in dyslexics and ultimately: frustration.

This presents a number of challenges to the person who struggles with dyslexia on a daily basis and can have a negative impact on grades, work performance and self image.

Touch typing is one of the most effective ways that people with dyslexia can function in the real world.  In fact, it can be used as a learning and communication tool in ways that traditional handwriting cannot.

How can touch typing help dyslexics?

For many young dyslexic students, touch typing helps cement other skills like reading, spelling and vocabulary to memory.  Students who learn touch typing at an early age do better on tests that involve these skills and this holds true for both dyslexic students and those who are not.

Typing offers a new way for dyslexic students to learn.  Muscle memory allows spelling to become a series of patterns on the keyboard making it much harder to inadvertently misspell or transpose words.

Handwriting is a particularly challenging skill for dyslexics.  That’s because mistakes take longer to correct, papers often end up messy with eraser marks or cross-outs and students lack the benefit of using a spell checker.  Even for people who do not suffer from dyslexia, touch typing is an easier, faster and more efficient way of getting work done.

Touch typing has been shown to actually help handwriting in dyslexics.  This might be because touch typing allows for more freedom and experimentation in writing styles.

Because of the way the dyslexic brain works, people with this disability have much more success being able to capture their thoughts on paper or through a computer screen first and formatting and structuring that information later on.

The benefits of touch typing are plentiful.  From helping dyslexic students communicate more effectively to allowing them to compete in the real world through harnessing a new skill one thing is for sure: touch typing truly is for everyone.

Does Typing Technique Really Matter?

typing-technique-edit-1With so many different gadgets today that require typing of some sort, it’s even more important than ever to hone your typing technique.  Many people think they can ace a typing wpm test or type up a document in record speed simply based on their ability to send multiple text messages or reach the high score on the latest video game with just a few clicks.  The reality is, these are the same people who are dumbfounded when they apply for a job where a wpm test is part of the hiring requirement and they fail the test!

There is a huge difference between typing correctly and pushing the keys on a cell phone, and keyboarding skills are unfortunately not something that we are all naturally born with.  The hunt and peck typing method doesn’t fare well in an office setting.  In today’s competitive job market, it is  important for anyone applying for an administrative job to learn to type.

 

Good Typing Technique Increases Speed And Accuracy

While it is a common misconception that typing in any fashion still gets the job done, the truth is that using certain techniques in your daily typing practice can actually help increase speed and accuracy. Typing lessons that are taught in junior high and high school follow a basic curriculum for touch typing.  The final typing test wpm usually consists of the keyboard being covered up so the student must use their instincts to find the keys.

This type of teaching allows for faster words per minute and less mistakes, as the typist is only looking at the screen instead of taking extra time to look down at the keyboard. Touch typing allows for optimal hand-eye coordination.  When this typing practice is utilized, many typists find that they rarely look down at the keyboard, and when they do, it is only for a few quick seconds.

 

Build Up Your Typing Skills

If you are someone who tends to practice the “hunt and peck” method, or if you have come to the realization that your current typing skills don’t match your texting or gaming ability, don’t despair.   There are a variety of ways to build your typing speed as well as learn to type in the correct fashion.  Many online tutorials teach keyboarding and offer practice typing tests as well as free typing lessons that can help you build up your skills in a short matter of time.  If you have a big job interview where a typing test is required, you may also be interested in working with a typing tutor.

 

Practice Makes Perfect

It is perfectly normal in today’s highly technological world to have a few bad habits when it comes to typing.  Everything is literally at our fingertips, and people are used to getting what they need with the push of a single button. While the typewriter has evolved into the computer keyboard, the basic techniques of typing are here to stay. All it takes is a little practice to un-learn bad typing habits, and before you know it, you will have cultivated the proper typing techniques to increase your speed and accuracy in no time.

Touch Typing Lessons in Primary Schools

touch_typing_lessonsIn most schools, language lessons for children focus on three main aspects: speaking, reading and writing. In the modern cyber-age, a fourth aspect is equally essential: touch typing. School children are being exposed to computers and taught to use Windows, PowerPoint, Excel and other useful applications, but they must also be exposed to touch typing lessons in primary school.

When do Kids Need to Type?

Kids can use mobile phones, laptops and tablet devices at a very young age. Soon they will start keyboarding online using these devices for leisure activities or to work on various projects and essays for school. If they are not given touch typing lessons right at the start, they will naturally use the two-finger style of typing. This can develop into a bad habit that is very difficult to change later in life.

At What Age Can Kids Learn Touch Typing?

Touch typing is a basic skill that needs time and practice to develop to perfection. Young kids have a great ability to learn; their minds are like sponges. When they start learning the position of characters on the keyboard at an early age, they have a much better chance of building up high accuracy and wpm test scores through typing practice. They can start this as early as the first grade, but their hand span and the length of their fingers can cover the entire keyboard area comfortably only by the time they are 7 or 8 years old. By this age, they can start building their typing test wpm speed.

Why Teach Touch Typing Lessons in School?

There are plenty of free touch typing lessons online; they are useful for adults but primary school children are too young to follow these typing tutor programs independently. They need a classroom environment and a trained primary school teacher to help them stay focused. With these programs, kids can have a lot of fun as they learn to type, although they will realize its value much later. Here are some of the main benefits that touch typing offers students:

  • When learning touch typing, the fingers develop muscle memory. This improves the child’s cognitive and motor skills, and hand-eye coordination; their minds become sharper.

 

  • It provides an alternative to students who get low grades in school due to poor or illegible handwriting.

 

  • It helps children suffering from dyslexia to perform better academically.

 

  • They do not need to concentrate on the keyboard, so they can focus on what they want to type and produce better content.

 

  • Primary school children cannot write more than 15 words per minute by hand, but if trained well in touch typing, they can manage at least double that speed in the same amount of time.

 

Benefits in Later Life:

 

  • As children graduate from school and start working, most of them will need to type as part of their job or for personal work like sending e-mails. Here are the main benefits they will experience in later life:

 

  • They will be given preference at job interviews.

 

  • They can complete computer-based tasks faster and be more productive.

 

  • They can have a real-time conversation with friends and family who live abroad as they chat on instant messenger without much delays.

 

Summary:

Parents are realizing the immense benefits of teaching touch typing to their young children. They are on the lookout for private typing tutors during the summer holidays. Schools that include touch typing in their curriculum are in high demand, and an increasing number are moving in this direction. Kids will get an all-round development that will prepare them for a better future as adults.

The 5 Benefits of Touch Typing Skills

clock1Computers, they’re everywhere and they aren’t going away anytime soon.  Many of the tasks that we used to perform with a pen and a pad of paper are now being done on our computers, laptops and PDA’s.  Everything from sending emails, writing reports, even scheduling our workdays is going digital. Do you know how touch typing could help you with these tasks?

It used to be that touch typing was a skill reserved for courtroom stenographers, transcriptionists and maybe a few writers.  But, in today’s digital age all that’s changed.  Touch typing is now a skill that anyone can learn and with regular practice can be quickly and easily mastered.  So, why learn touch typing?

Well, here’s 5 ways touch typing can benefit you:

Typing Speed

Touch typing can drastically improve your typing speed.  Maybe you have been using the hunt and peck method all of your life or some variation of placing all 10 fingers on the keyboard.  Either way, these methods are incredibly slow compared to touch typing. Using a program like TypingMaster Online can help improve your typing speed dramatically in a short period of time.  Not only does this skill make you more attractive to employers, but it will help you become more efficient and can save you time as well.

Time

Think about this: if you are currently typing 20 words per minute (wpm) that means it would take you on average about 30 minutes to type up a one page document.  Factor in time to think about what you want to say and the time it takes to start and stop if you need to look at the keyboard and you could be looking at close to an hour to get that task done.

By learning touch typing, you could boost your typing speed to 40wpm or even 60wpm and drastically cut down the amount of time it takes you to do even the most simple tasks.  Not only will you become more efficient, but you will also be able to direct your focus to where it counts.

Curious to see what your typing speed is?  Take our free typing test now

Focus

Think about every time you have to look at the keyboard to find the right key.  Or, maybe you find yourself constantly making mistakes and having to go back and make corrections as you type.

Each time this happens, it breaks your focus and become distracted.  Touch typing can teaches you to rely on motor memory rather than sight to type, freeing you up to direct your focus on the screen instead of the keyboard.

 

Health

If you spend a significant amount of time at a desk, in front of a computer then you probably know that sitting and typing can take a toll on your body.  Achy shoulders, stiff neck and sore wrists are some of the side effects of poor posture and bad computer habits.

As you learn the proper way to sit and cultivate better habits, your arms and shoulders will relax and your energy levels will stay consistent throughout the day.  Touch typing isn’t just about increasing your typing speed and reducing errors, it’s about adopting healthy computer habits to reduce the risk of injury and provide increased comfort.

 

Touch typing improves productivity

By learning the basics of touch typing, you will find your work and personal life to become much more productive.  Type emails, reports and chat at the speed of your speech and see the results as you get more done during your day.

Whether you are an educator, employee or student, TypingMaster Online an help you save time, become more productive and make typing more enjoyable.   Experience for yourself the benefits of touch typing, take TypingMaster typing test now and find out your typing speed.