How Many Words Can You type Per Minute?

@Chevee (5915)
United States
December 10, 2008 8:53am CST
December 12, is my last day of employment. I have a form to fill out and take back to my present employer today, a representative from the Labor Department is there to assist us in applying for our unemployment compensations. On this form is a question how many words can you type per minute/typing speed? If you can type how many words can you type per minute?
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
10 Dec 08
I useta could type 130 words per minute! Honest! I was tested and all! I was a typesetter/proofreader for 20+ years. Most of that time I worked from home as a sub-contractor for publishing and printing companies so I could work as many hours as I wanted. At times, I'd be working 14 hours a day! So, I got really fast simply by typing so much. But, I haven't done that kind of work for awhile now and have slowed down tremendously! I'm now typing about 80 words per minute. The connection between my brain and fingers keeps shorting out so I have to keep backing up and fixing errors I make. I remember when I first started typesetting. My computer was MUCH slower than this one (we're talking 20 years or so ago, remember) and it would yell at me to slow down! BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP!!!! Okay, okay! Now that computers are so much faster now, I'm not doing that work anymore. Figures, huh?
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
10 Dec 08
Fast fingers Mar*** . Your fingers was faster than your computer WOW.
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
11 Dec 08
Funny you should call me that! Waaaay back, before marriage and kids, I won a radio contest, an all-expense-paid trip to the Caribbean and sailing around for 7 days. We could be entered into this contest as many times as we could by being certain number callers, like they'd enter caller 1, 2 and 3 or callers 7, 8 and 9... like that. They were doing this every hour for two weeks. I got something like 140 entries! I was so fast at dialing the phone (okay, pushing the buttons) that I'd sometimes be caller 1 AND 3 or 7 AND 9. LOL They called me 'Fast Fingers Marti'.
• United States
10 Dec 08
I hate typing tests. I always get nervous and mess up, lol. I can score about 70 wpm on a typing test. I probably type closer to 80 wpm without the "test" presure. How many do you type per minute? Sorry about you having to look for another job. That seems to be happening alot these days.
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
10 Dec 08
I didn't answer the question I haven't been tested in a long time.
@winman (235)
• United States
11 Dec 08
Me personally I can type an easy 60-80 WPM just thinking off the top of my head, But being read what I have to type or reading it my self I have hit speeds of 100-120 WPM. My friends at school always loved to have me type for them cause I could type out a 2 page paper in like 10 Min, with a 90% correct Word Spelled Margin. The only reason I ever got this good at typing was that before I ever owned a computer I owned an old Computer type Typewriter. One that was a typewrite and a base word program. It was an awesome machine I used to just sit there and type for hours on it. I never got bored of typing also I have an odd skill it can type at those speeds with only 2 fingers both my forefinger I used my other fingers sometimes but most of the time its just my pointer fingers.
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@riyasam (16583)
• India
11 Dec 08
i am very bad in typing.i have to look at each and every letter on keyboard.i hardly n-manage to type one response in a minute.
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@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
11 Dec 08
Hey chevee! Wow, that is a really good question! I haven't been time in a very long while! I never did well on those timed writing tests though. I always was able to type very fast, but as soon as they put those timers on then I had a problem! They test you for speed and accuracy so that does take alot away from your typing speed! I used to type at least 60wpm. Now I think I might type more because I have been doing so much typing, but I'm really not sure. There is a few websites where you can practice your typing for speed and accuracy. I can't remember what they are, but if you want I can find out. I'm sure someone will know, but if they don't I will find out. I actually need to practice myself.
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@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
11 Dec 08
When I went to night school, (I have a certificate in Medical Transcribing), I could get no higher than 40 WPM and that was hard to do without 40 mistakes per minute.. I did finally get the required amount to graduate, but it wasn't easy at all.. When I started working on ebay, and doing other things on the net and realized how easy it was to correct my mistakes, I am now able to type about 50 WPM without that many mistakes.. I can at least watch the screen when typing and know when I make a mistake although I don't always do that and end up submitting a response with many mistakes..
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10 Dec 08
Hi Chevee, I didn't know they still ask that sort of questions these day, as most people use the computer, I sure the typeing speed is pretty good but is it still that important? I have only just learned how to use my computer last six months and i know my typeing speed has come to leaps and bounds and it is fairley fast but I don't know what speed though as I have never timed myself. Good luck and hugs. Tamara
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@lilybug (21184)
• United States
10 Dec 08
If I am taking one of those online typing test I mess up all the time and it makes my WPM go down. According to those tests I only type around 35 words per minute, but it is probably closer to 40 or 45 depending on what I am typing. If I am typing straight from my head it is the faster end of that.
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10 Dec 08
To be honest, I've never timed myself but I do like to think I can do at least around 50-75 words/minute. It depends on whether or not I know what I'm writing or I'm thinking it up as I go.
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@idcoder (382)
• India
11 Dec 08
i read your discussion and tried to check my speed on an online testing software and found out that my typing speed is just 36wpm..lol..yeah, made a lot of mistakes... haha.. hey cheeve tell me why is it your last day of employment...?? did nt get you there?? thanks happy mylotting
• India
11 Dec 08
Hi! Most of my time is consumed during word or sentence or topic changeover than other persons. Otherwise I have good speed 70-80 words per minute. When it comes to regional language it sinks to 30-40 only. Also I am mastering in the Keyboard shortcuts. I open the windows at a pace that the observer can not judge where I am working exactly.
@linsond (33)
• China
11 Dec 08
I'v never timed too,but I think my typing speed is fast!heihei
• China
11 Dec 08
By the way,I type Chinese. If I type English,the speed will be very low. That depends on what language you are using and how familar you are with the words. However,nowadays,typing is becoming less important and I think it is unfair to fire a employer who's typing is bad!
• United States
22 Jun 09
wow you guys are kinda slow to me i can type around 80-95 not even kidding but i like how you guys tell the truth i hate how i go on youtube to see if anyone is really fast and there all fake and say they are like 300 per minute.
@camomom (7537)
• United States
12 Dec 08
I have no idea but not many
@vanonas (950)
• United States
12 Dec 08
I love typing! I can type about 70-80 words per minute. I've been typing for years. LOL
@j47lee (743)
• Canada
11 Dec 08
The pressure of typing tests make me type all wrong lol.. and then i try to correct it and mess up my test lol..... hmm maybe i should try giving one online and see wat my speed is... i think i'm pretty fast in typing though...
@koalatbs (2233)
• United States
11 Dec 08
I can type about 70+ words per minute. I like to type and always have so I guess it just came easy to me. Most of the prior jobs that I have had involved a lot of typing too, so I've improved as time has gone by. I hope you find a new job soon that you like. What is the job that you have now?
• India
11 Dec 08
I have never really taken any typing tests, but I think I can comfortably type around 50 words per minute, typos included. I have to say that my typing speeds increased after i joined mylot when I have to type and since i have a time constraint usually, I type as fast as possible and make the most of the time that I have. I do not know typing properly but I can still manage with a fast speed somehow. bourne
• United States
11 Dec 08
Well i dont really know how much words i can type in a minute but i think i can type a lot!! because i type fast ( i think ) lol and maybe 70 or more i dont really know and i dont have an idea!! :| but whats your answer? you dont tell us.... well have a nice day and hope you will hae a very good week. see you soon and bye bye.
• United States
11 Dec 08
I am not fast at all, i only type like 14WPM I really do try to get faster and it does not come......
• India
11 Dec 08
I dont think i would get a constant answer for every minute i try but on an average i think aroud 70...