Typing Tests

United States
January 2, 2007 8:19pm CST
Under normal circumstances I can probably type at least 50-60 wpm with good accuracy. But, when taking a typing test I get fumble fingers and make multiple errors and my wpm goes down significantly. This has been a problem for me since I began typing in my teens using a keyboard. I tense up from the word "begin". I know that many jobs prefer to hire people with good keyboard skills. This could be a problem for me.
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58 responses
• United States
3 Jan 07
I do the EXACT same thing! It's like I have a complete brain fart! I can type, on a good clean keyboard (and I cite this reason because the keys stick on this nasty thing that I type on at work and it slows me down a lot) aproximately 68 - 80 WPM. When I sit down to take a typing test at an employement agency or something along those lines, I find myself reverting to my hunt and peck days, making mistakes that I generally don't. I think it's pressure, pure and simply. I believe that typing test should be audio to text. That would be a true test of how quickly we can type. I can type almost as quickly as I can think when it's coming from my own mind, but forget reading much and trying to translate it. I get lost in the text!
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• United States
3 Jan 07
I try not to look when I am feeling that I cannot find the keys without the help of my eyes. But, when I use the one-handed method when I only have one hand free, it is worse. I forget where the keys are. Funny. I can type to my own voices. When I translate from recorded text I am better. But often stop and start to repeat a line or word. If it is a word that is not often heard I really mess up.
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• United States
3 Jan 07
There is a website: www.typingtest.com it just has a paragraph and you have to type it out. perhaps if you practice it will become easier to not freak out, and you will know exactly how fast you are typing.
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@melanie652 (2525)
• United States
5 Jan 07
Deep breath, focus and do your best! That's all you can do? I get nervous too, but just try to do the best I can. That's all you can do too? :)
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• United States
5 Jan 07
I believe in the breathing thing. I do it before I begin, but tense up! GRRRR
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@missyd79 (3438)
• United States
4 Jan 07
i think i type fairly well, but i do look at the keyboard sometimes. I took 4 courses of typing in college and i sucked at it because I too am like you I froze up as soon as that buzzer started.
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@vicky19810 (1601)
• China
4 Jan 07
I think it is not a problem for you ,as your keyboard skills is not bad .You can type words at least 50-60 wpm,that is so good.I think you are so tense to decrease your rate,not because your bad skill.You should adjust your sense for peaceful and you will do it better!
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@lulylove (1561)
• Brazil
4 Jan 07
I have easiness in typing, however this is much more easy in my language does not obtain to write pereitamente in English, therefore necessary of the aid of a translator who is not 100% perfect one. I believe that when to invent an excellent translator I will know to well also type in English.
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@sonix007 (275)
• Indonesia
4 Jan 07
yeah...u right. please dont be sad with that problem. U must more practice using typewriter.
• India
4 Jan 07
I think this is the problem of majority of people.
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• United States
4 Jan 07
I do the same thing and I can type 120 on a good day. The best thing I recommend is practice, which I am sure you heard but do practice on the simple words not the difficult ones, this limbers your fingers up and be sure to eat a good breakfast, don't go on a empty stomach, actually it makes it worse. I was a legal secretary for years and could not even be considered for employment in firms if I could not type at least 80 wpm, wow, what stress that was. Believe me it was hard and sometimes I would blow myself away with my test scores but I always did the best on the first test I did for the day, if that helps at all. Good luck!!
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@mariam74 (555)
• Egypt
3 Jan 07
Ok don't worry just try to take more tests at short periods and maybe everything will be good with you.
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@gifana (4834)
• Portugal
3 Jan 07
I don't get fumbley fingers.....I just type too fast for my own good. The problem is I sometimes type faster than I think and I leave out lots of things. However, if I take my time thinking I can usually get up to well over 100 wpm. But I have had over 50 years practice and as you know practice makes perfect. However, when I left Secretarial School my speed was 120 wpm (minimum required for my group) and would you believe it when I took the test for my govt job I flunked 80 wpm. Had to take it again and I passed it. I was ashamed to tell a couple of classmates who also took the test and would you believe it....they flunked it too. So it just shows to go ya....ya never know.
• United States
3 Jan 07
I do practice. But I guess that if a test is necessary I will advise that I do not type well under pressure. Or,maybe I will pass the job by completely.
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@gifana (4834)
• Portugal
4 Jan 07
In this day and age you youngsters have it made with electric typewriters. When I was starting out they were few and far between. Only the big bosses' secretaries had the electric. I had to take my tests on a standard typewriter and still got 120 wpm.
• United States
4 Jan 07
I remember using a manual typewriter and typing quite well with it. When I took my courses at the local college,I sat with my feet firmly placed at the electric typewriter. The instructor had to do a lot of coaxing to get me to move to the computer keyboard.
• India
3 Jan 07
MY TYPING SPEED IS MORE THAN 40 WPM AND ACCURACY IS MORE THAN 90% I WANT TO ACHIEVE MORE SPEED.
• Hong Kong
3 Jan 07
i second that. :)
@2bepink (126)
• United States
3 Jan 07
I can type very fast - almost 80 words per minute, but I find that when I'm nervous I tend to make mistakes. I've found that if I just type and not think about it, them I'm okay.
@katprice (807)
• United States
3 Jan 07
This happens to me as well, so don't feel bad. I think it's all the pressure of knowing you're being timed, plus the text they give you to type is often a bit complex and confusing and that makes it all the more difficult. I used to work in the Maintenance deparrment of a large company, so I can type the word maintenance very quickly because I was so used to typing that word.
• United States
3 Jan 07
That is a problematic word for many to spell. I often have to think about a word if I am doing dictation and need to go back to figure it out. But, with spell check it is easy.
@GardenGerty (128680)
• United States
3 Jan 07
Find a typing game and play it on a regular basis, that is what I do. I have not had to take a job typing test, but I can tell that I do better. The scores, etc. give me a confidence boost. I go to miniclip.com and play alphaattack. It has numeric challenges as well. That is what I have done to improve my typing skills.
• United States
3 Jan 07
forget about it if it uses numerical. I would be doomed. My numerical typing ability is okay, but needs to be brushed up. I use the numerical pad when doing data entry.
@sunsham68 (1377)
• India
3 Jan 07
Why don't you have someone work with you and practice with different scenarios? Maybe that would help! There are some tests that you can do on your computer which time you and provide a passage in a parallel frame, that could help too! One site I know is www.typingtest.com, hope that helps!
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• United States
3 Jan 07
thank you for the information.
@forfein (2507)
3 Jan 07
Hi I sometimes do the same thing I was taught to touch type whilst in the Army, as a Telgraphist! But.... if I do a test, my fingers are flying about all over the keyboard!!!
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• United States
3 Jan 07
The seem to get a mind of their own. The brain loses the ability to connect to the fingers to get them to do what is necessary.
@SpitFire179 (2536)
• Canada
3 Jan 07
A lot of people have problems like this, I on the other hand am more worried about missing things or forgetting a letter. There's places on line where you can take a test over and over again to calm yourself, I'll include a site in here for you. It's all about anxiety, test anxiety to be exact, i would take a cup of Camomile tea before you go to settel yourself so that this is a lesser possibility Here's some sites www.TypingTest.com www.learn2type.com/TypingTest www.typeonline.co.uk/typingspeed.php www.powertyping.com/typing_test/typing_test.shtml Try one or more of these and see if you can hit the same every time even under pressure. I hope this helps you, practice usually helps with typing tests. Peace and love be with you Blessed Be.
• United States
3 Jan 07
Thank you for the information. I will utilize them to give me an edge. : )
@harsh1985 (593)
• India
3 Jan 07
i think you need lot of practice because i meet with some people which can type at speed of 70-80 wpm without looking to keyboard. mylot gives you great practice of typing and increase your typing speed!! so just make posts as most as possible without copy and paste..you will get success!!
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• United States
3 Jan 07
I type without looking at the keyboard. MyLot and other blogs I do allow me to practice my skills both in creative writing and in typing speed.
@Willowlady (10665)
• United States
3 Jan 07
taking a typing test - taking such tests is not a current need
Nice to know I am not the only one. It happens to me too. Thought that it was just my problem. Too bad we can't go in and show them what we can do and then qualify for the job since we need the money to pay our bills. Understanding would really be a great thing for us to find in a potential job. Also why do we need speed when there is spellcheck on the computers now.
@lulylove (1561)
• Brazil
4 Jan 07
Yes, I think as you. To know to type in the Mylot gives it easiness well here to you to gain more without losing time and losing the quality. I think that much people here speak very in girias, what harms the agreement of many people whom they do not know perfectly English, but also exists others that they write very well.
• United States
6 Jan 07
Keyboard - keyboard
That happens to most people. I type about 102 wpm but when tested can go as low as 70 sometimes, depending on nerves! Luckily I've tested at 102 wpm and can use that as my basis but otherwise, it is very dependent upon what others get when they test me! Most want accuracy over speed anyways. It's of no use to type gargle at 200wpm!!! lol
@sunita64 (6469)
• India
4 Jan 07
It seems you become nervous while giving the test. Just when it is time to give test, think it is just a routine prctice and nothing more, You have to trick your mind like this then only you can pass test with flying colors.
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