How many words a minute can you type?

@vicki2876 (5640)
Canada
November 16, 2007 9:49am CST
When I went to College we had to be able to type 40 words per minute in order to graduate. We weren't supposed to look at the keyboard or use backspace. In fact they disabled the backspace on our keyboards so we could cheat. But I did cheat on the looking. I was able to get the 40 words per minute but I looked the whole time. The problem was that the teacher kept giving us the same passages to type for our tests and I ended up memorizing it and typing the thing out and getting well over the 40 words. I regret doing that now as I can't not look at the board. I can do some words I use often like my name and thanks but for longer writing I need to take a peek. I am not slow but by no means an I fast. How do you type? Are you a hunt and peek? 120 wpm? Any other way?
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@wiccania (3362)
• United States
16 Nov 07
I'm able to type quickly and accurately without looking at the keyboard or even what I'm typing. When I got out of high school I was at about 40 wpm, now I'm closer to 70-80 on average. If I'm feeling the need to rush, I can hit about 100wpm. It comes from working a job where I had to enter intormation into the system fast and right.
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
16 Nov 07
That is really awesome wiccania. I wish I didn't cheat and actually learned the skill. Now I think I am a creature of habit that is unlikely to break.
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@andben (1078)
• Italy
18 Nov 07
Congratulations wiccania, you are a very very fast writer! Even if I don't my speed I can't type so quickly.
@lexus54 (3577)
• Singapore
17 Nov 07
I guess most respondents to your discussion will be ladies, since this is about typing. As a guy, let me share something relating to typing. When I was 18 years old, I was enlisted as a communicator in the Navy for a 2.5 year stint. During my course then, I learned touch typing. It is not often that guys get to learn typing, but it was a requirement for my vocation. I could type at least 40 WPM. To this day, I can still type almost as fast, after many years of typing on computer keyboards using my 10 fingers. So that typing skill I learned was a life skill that had been very useful to me all these years. Other than typing, I also had to learn morse code for communication, you know the dots and dashes that represent alphabets and numbers, eg. dot-dash = A, dash-dot-dot-dot = B, and so on. What's interesting is that after knowing how to type, and knowing morse code, I had to be able to put on a set of headphones, listen to morse code being played back at 18 WPM, and then type out the messages that I decipher (from the morse code) directly onto the typewriter as I hear the sounds. Can you imagine how difficult that was? It was crazy, and almost impossible!! But I am proud to say that in my class, I was the only one who passed the typing/morse code test, because the passing grade was 96 percent. In other words, the allowed margin of error in deciphering the morse code and typing it out correctly was only 4 percent. If you ask me now to try the same thing, I wouldn't be able to pass at all, not even at 90 percent. It is much tougher than trying to just type correctly without mistakes.
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
19 Nov 07
Wow thanks so much for sharing!
@lexus54 (3577)
• Singapore
20 Nov 07
Thanks for the vote. I wasn't pulling your leg about that morse code/typing ordeal. In practice, we didn't use it, because in radio communications, we listened to morse code and wrote out (instead of typed) what we deciphered. Where we couldn't make out some of the alphabets after hearing the sounds, we just left blanks to figure these out later when looking at the entire message. But with the introduction of cryptography, the cryptographic machine converts plain text into garbled signals and transmit them out, and vice versa. So nowadays, there isn't a need for sending and receiving morse code for communications.
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@AmbiePam (45702)
• United States
17 Nov 07
Well, I never had a typing course in high school or college, but I think being on the internet helped my speed. The last job I had, I had to go take a typing test and I was 90wpm, with 3 errors.
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
19 Nov 07
Wow that is mega fast. I couldn't do that at all. Great!
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@AmbiePam (45702)
• United States
20 Nov 07
I wasn't sure if that was above average or not.
@wolfie34 (26881)
• United Kingdom
27 Nov 07
I actually trained at college to learn to type, which was strange for a bloke to do at the time, the whole course was full of women! My first job was as a secretary! Although I never got to sit on my manager's knee to take notes! At the type my typing speed was 67wpm, now tho it has gone down to about 45wpm, good job I have got Mylot to keep my speed going, it's a great talent to have.
@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
28 Nov 07
Yeah there was only one guy in our class and he transfered to the tech class mid term cause of all the girls. I think you would be an awesome secretary at that speed! I would maybe even let you sit on my knee. LOL
• United States
24 Nov 07
I type about 55-60 wpm now. I attribute that to the massive training that I had throughout my schooling. My first encounter with typing actually had nothing to do with school. When I was about 11 my grandmother got me a computer type learning toy with cartridges, and one of them was a typing program. I practiced a lot with it, and got familiar with the home row and basics of typing. This turned out to be a good thing, because in the 7th grade I got my first typing class, Keyboarding 1. The typing program made it very easy because I already knew about half of the course. That was my first easy A. Little did I know I would be forced to exploit that again. Once I got to 9th grade they gave me Keyboarding 1 again. I immediately went to the counselor and told them that I already took this class in junior high and didn't want to take it again. She said that I had to because Keyboarding 1 was different in high school. I think she just said that to get me out of the office, because it was the same book, the same exercises, and the same easy A. I thought I had finally done away with typing in Sophmore year, but I was wrong. The first day of school I looked at my schedule and saw Keyboarding 1 yet again. I flew to the counselors office and pleaded, "Can I at least get Keyboarding 2?!?" They weren't offering that at my school, but they did take me out of the class. Thinking I would be done with typing altogether, I went to college. Nope, wrong again. I got my schecdule and there was my old friend, Keyboarding 1. I felt like throwing a three year old tantrum at this point. But I composed myself and explained to the new counselor that I wanted to test out to Keyboarding two. If I had to take keyboarding 1 again I was going to scream. But luckily I tested out with flying colors and finally got to see Keyboarding 2. So with all this training, I really have no choice but to have a high wpm, wouldn't you think?
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
24 Nov 07
Wow that is amazing. Thanks
@sacmom (14338)
• United States
18 Nov 07
I have no idea how many words I can type per minute, though I'm sure it's a lot less than 40 words per minute! :P LOL I do cheat by looking at the keyboard and yes, I even use the backspace! LOL Boy, I would have failed miserably if I would have taken a typing class! Ugh! LOL
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
19 Nov 07
I was just lucky I can memorize things well or I would have failed too. Thanks
@julianarw (1524)
• Netherlands
17 Nov 07
Hi, I am blind typist and i type English or Dutch with 55 wpm or 256 cpm, no mistake. I learn type since i was at economic high school, the teacher learned us to blind typist.
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
19 Nov 07
Wow that is fantastic. I wish I had the dedication to not look
@ayou82 (3460)
• Philippines
17 Nov 07
Nah im very slow when it comes too typing. And i create so many mistakes and whats good about this site they tell you about the spelling. and thats really cool. I can only type 60wpm or less..
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
19 Nov 07
60 is not shabby at all great! I love the spelling check too!
@raychill (6571)
• United States
16 Nov 07
I currently type 72 WPM. 70 is on my resume but sometimes I'll put 60. Even though I type more. It all depends. I forget what it's called when you type numbers per minute. I'm not as good with that but I'm still pretty good when it comes to numbers most of the time. It tried to get a job once where I needed high skills in that and I didn't have any so I was all mad. So I started practicing it.
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
19 Nov 07
That is amazing! Thanks Raychill
@diillu (5130)
16 Nov 07
I'm also not that good at typing but I don't need to look at the keyboard while typing but I can't even type faster as well lol. I'm around 38 words per minute. So, I think it is pretty good for not looking at the keyboard while typing. If I have to go more than this then I just have to make myself a peek.
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
16 Nov 07
That is very good for not looking! Great job! Vicki
@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
16 Nov 07
well i had typing in high school and i started to be ok then ya know back then i didn't really pay attention to the class my head was always in the clouds about something else like boys etc.lol so now i am luck if i can type 20 words a minute with out looking.i have to look to see what the heck i am writing or else i might type something that makes no darn sense lolmaybe if i concentrate and stare at the key board for a while then maybe i can type my name with out looking,ok i will try but if i mess up dont laugh.take care hon.pattiei
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
16 Nov 07
hehe I hear yeah there! pattiei! LOL
@rurique (116)
• Portugal
17 Nov 07
in a minute i can tipe 50 words... hmmm but just when im in my days
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@gloria777 (1678)
• India
17 Nov 07
I have done stenography course where we were required to attain speed of 40wpm. Now I works in an export firm and at present my speed is not below 45wpm. I type the formal way and do not intend to increase my speed.lol..
@chrislotz (8207)
• Canada
29 Nov 07
I used to be really good at typing because I worked for 25 years in an office enviroment. I did a lot of typing over the years. But then I stopped typing for about 5 years and so when I started typing agian it was hard. I used to have to look at the keys to be able to type but now that I am back to typing, in mylot for just over two weeks, I am getting my typing skills back. Now I don't have to look at the keys as much, but find myself doing so every once in awhile. I would like to get my typing skills even sharper and then find a typing job I could do at home. I was thinking about posting an add at the univercities here and see if I can pick up some work that way. I don't know of any sites on the internet I could find any typing work but if someone here in mylot knows of any sites I would be very interested.
@nishurs (582)
• India
20 Nov 07
well i can type around 100 wpm but i have to look into the keyboard for that
• South Korea
20 Nov 07
i can type without looking at the keyboard.
@kurtbiewald (2629)
• United States
17 Nov 07
20 maybe
@Jasmine78 (135)
• United States
17 Nov 07
I'm very slow to type. And I must keep my eye on the keyboard when typing.