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How To Type Faster

When I was first learning how to use the computer my grandmother would constantly lecture me about the importance of typing fast. It's a skill that most of us take for granted nowadays - primarily because we type so much we don't pay attention to speed and also because computer use and typing is an integral part of most people's early education. Still, many employers ask for your "words per minute" (or "wpm" for short) score when you are looking for a new job. If you're wondering what your score is, take a free typing test. If you're not satisfied with the results, heed the tips below.

  • Graze over the keys, don't tap. The more force you use, the longer your fingers will rest on each key. To type faster use minimal force.
  • Focus on typing fast, but don't rush - you'll just make mistakes. You can focus on accuracy by spelling words out while you type.
  • Keyboard and monitor positioning is key. Your wrist, elbows and keyboard should be on the same horizontal plane and at a 90-degree angle to your upper arms.
  • The top of your screen should be near eye level. Do not set your monitor too high, or too low. It will cause neck problems.

Want to type faster but hate linear tests? Try a couple games that boost your typing speed.

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Tall-Face Tall-Face 8 years
yeah, REtyping something as I'm reading it is way more difficult than just typing something out of my head i was never taught how to type, so my hands are constantly floating around the keyboard, hahaha...that might have something to do with my crappy score as well
Tall-Face Tall-Face 8 years
yeah, REtyping something as I'm reading it is way more difficult than just typing something out of my headi was never taught how to type, so my hands are constantly floating around the keyboard, hahaha...that might have something to do with my crappy score as well
potc-crazyy potc-crazyy 8 years
Whoa, I tried taking it again and I got a worse score than before... I guess it depends on the one you do.
Liz4aker Liz4aker 8 years
Wow I feel really bad after seeing everyone else's score
potc-crazyy potc-crazyy 8 years
I got a 120, is that pretty good?
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 8 years
I've improved since last time I did this. I took it today and got 88!
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 8 years
I've improved since last time I did this. I took it today and got 88!
dyskrasia dyskrasia 8 years
I really think it depends on what you are typing. My score varied, with the lowest being 83, and the highest 133.
theavalanches theavalanches 8 years
this is really funny. in holland we don't get typing lessons at school, but i guess people learn it with windows live messenger!!
DASO DASO 8 years
thnx for the tips and for the test site :3 I am so so so bad in typing :D
DASO DASO 8 years
thnx for the tips and for the test site :3I am so so so bad in typing :D
pinky8486 pinky8486 8 years
I took a computer class in school where we had to use typing aids. Those didn't help me. I think accurate and fast typing comes from time. The more you type the better you will become.
lintacious lintacious 8 years
60 is about average for an office job. i remember being the best typer in a typing class in 6th grade and the teacher always said, "you'll be able to make good money one day with that skill." LOL! Don't even worry about typing faster, seriously. if you have 70+ that's enough for emailing and leaving sugar comments. i can type about 115wpm and everyone just complains that i type loud.
lintacious lintacious 8 years
60 is about average for an office job. i remember being the best typer in a typing class in 6th grade and the teacher always said, "you'll be able to make good money one day with that skill."LOL! Don't even worry about typing faster, seriously. if you have 70+ that's enough for emailing and leaving sugar comments. i can type about 115wpm and everyone just complains that i type loud.
silentstorm silentstorm 8 years
@millarci - get a job involving lots of typing (e.g. computer programming :p), and also spend a LOT of time on IRC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IRC, think multi-person chat before AOL/MSN/Yahoo came along) talking to people. If you're helping someone else, or you're just talking to friends this way, you'd have an incentive to type more. In fact, I think IRC is why I can type that fast, because when there's a bunch of people that need to be helped..or there's a fiery argument going on..it helps to type fast. Otherwise things would take forever to do :)
silentstorm silentstorm 8 years
@millarci - get a job involving lots of typing (e.g. computer programming :p), and also spend a LOT of time on IRC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IRC, think multi-person chat before AOL/MSN/Yahoo came along) talking to people. If you're helping someone else, or you're just talking to friends this way, you'd have an incentive to type more.In fact, I think IRC is why I can type that fast, because when there's a bunch of people that need to be helped..or there's a fiery argument going on..it helps to type fast. Otherwise things would take forever to do :)
haydee haydee 8 years
Still on 75! When I was in highschool (sometime in the 90s), we were required to learn typing with the old style typewriters. I appreciated that class so much since I pretty much learned how to type fast back then.
AbSugar AbSugar 8 years
71...and good thing there is spell check, because I made a ton of mistakes!!randijeanw - I had to type with a box over my hands in elementary school too!
AbSugar AbSugar 8 years
71...and good thing there is spell check, because I made a ton of mistakes!! randijeanw - I had to type with a box over my hands in elementary school too!
mellafe mellafe 8 years
90! And I had no idea before, so that's cool. I've been around computers my whole life, so I type really fast by now.
mellafe mellafe 8 years
90! And I had no idea before, so that's cool. I've been around computers my whole life, so I type really fast by now.
ddene5713 ddene5713 8 years
84 on my second try. my first was 91.
ddene5713 ddene5713 8 years
84 on my second try.my first was 91.
Green Green 8 years
I am scared to try seeing all of those huge numbers that you others have gotten. I am getting nervous and correcting mistakes while I type this. It's been a while since I sat and typed for a test though so I am going to warm up and give it a go.
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