Frequently asked questions - FAQ

This is our FAQ section. Here you can find the answer to the most frequently asked questions about typing.

  1. What is a typing test?
  2. What is a typing test for?
  3. Why practice typing?
  4. How long do I need to practice typing?
  5. What is WPM?
  6. What are net keystrokes?
  7. What are gross keystrokes?
  8. What are total keystrokes?
  9. What is accuracy and actual accuracy and what is the difference?
  10. What is touch typing?
  11. How to practice touch typing?
  12. What is muscle memory?
  13. How to type faster?
  14. What is the average typing speed in the world?
  15. How is the typing speed calculated?

What is a typing test?

A typing test is a practical test that measures a person's speed and accuracy when typing text. Therefore, anyone who wants a good result on a typing test needs to be able to type quickly and without making too many mistakes.

What is a typing test for?

A typing test is a way to check how fast someone can type and how accurately they can do it. This type of test is part of the selection process for some professions and is one of the elimination criteria. Anyone who intends to join in legal areas, for example, will need to pass such a test. This is because the speed and quality of typing of those who will perform these positions is essential for the tasks that will be assigned to them.

Why practice typing?

The first and clearest benefit of practicing typing is time savings. Let's say, for example, that someone can type a text at a speed of 30 WPM (words per minute). If this same person practices and manages to reach a speed of 60 WPM, they will be able to type the same text in half the time it took the first time. This means that this person will be able to perform their typing activities at twice their initial speed.

In this sense, by practicing typing with the right techniques, you will evolve and be able to finish your work in less time. You will also be able to communicate on the internet more quickly and efficiently. You will be able to respond faster to your customers, co-workers and friends, interact much more dynamically on social networks and communicate quickly in online games.

Another advantage of practicing typing is that it decreases physical strain and increases comfort in activities involving a computer. By applying the right typing techniques, your hands and fingers will move much less and more efficiently while typing. Also, the time you need to spend in front of the computer will be less, as your activities will be completed in less time.

How long do I need to practice typing?

The ideal is to practice 10 to 20 minutes a day. The increase in typing speed varies from person to person, but by consistently practicing with the right techniques, results can be seen within a month or three.

What is WPM?

WPM stands for “words per minute”. This abbreviation is used as a unit of measurement to represent typing speed. A person who has achieved a typing speed of 60 WPM on a typing test, for example, can type approximately 60 words per minute.

What are net keystrokes?

Net keystrokes is the number of correct characters per minute that were entered in a typing test. Saying that someone has reached 200 net keystrokes, for example, means saying that this person has typed approximately 200 correct characters every minute.

What are gross keystrokes?

Gross keystrokes is the total number of characters, correct or incorrect, entered in a typing test. Only the final content of the test is considered, that is, corrections are not counted.

What are total keystrokes?

Total keystrokes are all characters, correct or incorrect, that were entered during a typing test. Characters that have been corrected are also counted.

What is accuracy and actual accuracy and what is the difference?

Accuracy shows how much of the test content was typed correctly. Only the final typed content is taken into account, that is, corrections made during the test are not counted.

Actual accuracy also shows how much of the test content was typed correctly. However, in actual accuracy everything that was typed is taken into account, including the corrections made during the test.

What is touch typing?

Touch typing (Home Row) is a technique based on muscle memory (motion memory) in which a person types without looking at the keyboard. In this technique, the bumps on the “F” and “J” keys serve as a reference so that the keys can be found without the individual having to look at the keyboard. In the initial typing position, the four fingers of each hand are positioned on the central line of the keyboard and operate the other keys from that position, while the thumbs operate the space key.

This is one of the main techniques used for typing and is taught in many institutions and typing courses.

How to practice touch typing?

The first step in practicing touch typing (Home Row technique) is to position your fingers correctly on the keyboard. To do this, use the bumps on the “F” and “J” keys to position the index finger of the left hand on the letter “F” and the one of the right hand on the letter “J”. This should be done without you looking at the keyboard. The other fingers of the left hand should be positioned on the keys “A”, “S” and “D” while the ones on the right hand should be on the keys “K”, “L” and “;“ (or “Ç”). Finally, the thumbs should position themselves to press the “space” key. The correct positioning of the fingers can be seen in the image below.

touch typing system - initial position

Each finger is responsible for a group of keys and must always press the same keys and with the same movement. The keys “2”, “W”, “S” and “X”, for example, must always be pressed by the ring finger of the left hand. The distribution of keys between the fingers of each hand can be seen in the image below.

touch typing system - keys distribuition

The next step is to practice pressing the keys. There are many online tools that guide you through this process. To find these tools just search the internet for “touch typing course”.

However, if you prefer, you can practice on your own. To do this, open a text editor (Word or Notepad) or any other tool where you can type. Then repeat pressing each key without looking at the keyboard. Always remember to use the correct fingers to press the keys. Refer to the previous image if you need to remember which finger to use to press each key.

Start by typing the letter “F” several times, looking at the screen and not looking at the keyboard, until you feel that you've gotten used to that key. Then do the same with the letters “J”, “D”, “K”, “S”, “L”, “A”, “;” (or “Ç”) and also with the other keys. After that, try typing the same keys alternately. When you realize that you can press all the main keys on the keyboard without looking, you can practice typing your name, words, phrases and then texts.

Learning touch typing is a process that is often difficult at first and can take a few days, so be patient. Remember that while practicing, the most important thing is to type everything (or almost everything) correctly, not the speed.

With practice, your brain will learn the correct movements to press each key and your speed will naturally increase. Then your typing movements will become automatic and you will no longer need to concentrate on the details of each movement. Everything will be much easier and natural. This is possible because of a process called muscle memory. This is the same process that occurs when we learn, for example, to ride a bicycle or play a musical instrument.

What is muscle memory?

Muscle memory is also known as movement memory. When we perform a movement many times, our brain creates a memory of that movement, that is, of the sequence of actions necessary (such as muscle contractions, for example) to perform that movement. The more repetitions of that movement, the stronger the memory for it becomes and thus, it can be performed automatically in the future, without the need to concentrate on it. This is what we call muscle memory, movement memory or motor memory. This is how we learn, for example, to ride a bicycle or play musical instruments.

In addition, depending on the movements performed (as in physical exercises), new nuclei are created in muscle cells. These nuclei make the results appear much faster for those who have started exercising again after some time off. This process is also considered as muscle memory.

How to type faster?

We have created a page with tips on how to increase your typing speed. To access this page just click on the link contained in this paragraph or click on “Tips” in the navigation menu.

What is the average typing speed in the world?

According to tests conducted by various typing websites, the average typing speed using a physical keyboard is 42 WPM (words per minute). The data pointing to this speed is based on more than 14 million tests performed in over 40 languages.

The average typing speed in the English language reaches 52 WPM. This is according to a controlled study conducted by Aalto University in Finland together with the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. This study involved 168,000 volunteers from various countries, totaling 136 million keystrokes. The highest speed recorded in this test was 120 WPM.

Considering that the language, the content of the tests and the way they are conducted can interfere with the results of the statistics, we can consider that the overall average typing speed is somewhere between 42 WPM and 52 WPM.

How is the typing speed calculated?

The typing speed is obtained by dividing the total number of words typed by the total time in minutes taken to complete the test.

Let's say, for example, that someone typed 100 words in 2 minutes on a test. We can then say that the speed reached by this person in the test was 50 WPM (words per minute). This is because 100 (words) divided by 2 (minutes) is equal to 50.

However, we should note that the size of the words can affect the user's final typing speed. A test containing many large words will result in a slower speed than a test containing many small words, even if the speed used in typing is the same for both tests. Typing the word "home", for example, takes less time than typing the word "internationalization". Thus, so that the size of the words does not influence the results, we use the calculation based on the number of characters typed, where 5 characters are equivalent to one word typed. This way, the calculation will be more accurate and consistent and this is the standard used by many websites and institutions that perform typing tests. Therefore, the final calculation for typing speed looks like this:

Speed = typed characters ÷ 5 ÷ Time (in minutes)

The speed of someone taking a typing test can also vary greatly, depending on the content being typed. It is much easier to type the sentence “There are many temples in Kyoto” than the random set of characters “Yfyzx txj tjji pjzjhjx rq Fgynm”. For this reason, the content of our tests is mainly composed of common words, phrases and texts. In this way, the results of your tests will be based on real texts that are closer to what you probably type on a daily basis.

If you need to practice with different texts and want to submit your own texts, just choose the “Custom” option on the “Test” page, enter your text and click on “Start Test”.

In some of the typing tests required in exams to exercise certain professions, typing mistakes are given a higher weight than the one used on this site. As a result, the typing speed indicated in these tests may be lower than what would be displayed by this site. Example:

500 characters typed in 2 minutes with 40 mistakes

Calculation on this site -> 1x weight on mistakes:

((500 - (40 * 1)) ÷ 5) ÷ 2 = 46 WPM

Calculation with a 3x weight on mistakes:

((500 - (40 * 3)) ÷ 5) ÷ 2 = 38 WPM

If you are preparing for a test where typing mistakes are weighted 2x or more, or that uses a different calculation than the one used by this site, you can use the variables from the typing test results on this site and apply the same calculation that will be used in your exam. This way, you will be able to know if the typing speed you reached in the test on this site is enough to pass the typing test in your exam.