Help. There are so many more productive things I could be doing. But Kristen asked me whether I’ve ever done any typing tests in the comments of my speed reading test review, so you know what I’m doing for the next hour. I’m much more confident about my speed typing abilities than my speed reading abilities, but we’ll see how it goes. Please no one link me to anything that looks like a test, survey or buzzfeed quiz in the comments after this though, because I will have to forward my university expulsion letter and a bucket full of my tears to you.
If you know me, you’ll know I did my research and totally didn’t pick out the very first test that came up when I Googled “typing test”. This test prides itself on being able to tell your “true” typing speed in 60 seconds (I wonder what a false typing speed would be) and is preset to give you a text from Aesop’s fables, but you can choose different texts to copy. I chose Space Cowboys, because that sounded a lot more fun.
I got 64 words/minute with 1 error, so 63 words per minute. I wasn’t sure if quotation marks and such counted as errors and the fact that the test always colored the next word I had to type blue distracted me a little even though it was supposed to be helpful (my brain is weird and confused but loveable, like Kirk from Gilmore Girls). The test says between 60 and 80 words per minute is fast, but the next level is “pro”, so you know I had to try it again. I left it on Aesop’s fables this time and got 77 words/minute with 2 errors, so still fast, but 5 missing to be a pro. I, um, got competitive with myself then. I chose Baseball Rules and typed 85 words with one mistyped word, so an adjusted speed of 84 words per minute, which officially makes me a PRO. YES, MY LIFE GOALS ARE COMPLETED.
I also switched to German once and got a science-y text on musk deer (WTF) and typed 68 words/minute with 51 mistyped words and an adjusted speed of 0 words per minute. Um. I don’t quite know what happened there.
This was definitely not the second test that came up in my search. You can’t choose what you’re typing here, but you can skip quotes with Esc. It also doesn’t tell you how long it will take, but you basically just type out the short quote that’s there and then it calculates your score. I started typing without really comprehending the words at first, but then I was all I KNOW THIS I LOVE THIS QUOTE. It was this quote from Susan Ee’s Angelfall, which is cool, because for once in all the reading and typing tests it’s not just classics or newspaper articles.
In the long second before everyone absorbs what just happened, I see the angel rolling his eyes heaven ward, like a teenager in the presence of overwhelming lameness. Some people just have no sense of gratitude.
Angelfall has some seriously hilarious, cringeworthy moments (and also lots of gore and horror), but hey this isn’t a review, so let me tell you my score instead: 82.53 words per minute with an accuracy of 96.77%. That’s well above the average speed of 58.76 words per minute, so I’m fine with it. I got less when I did the next quote, but psssht I’m sticking with this one. I wonder how I even could make any mistakes, because the whole quote box turns red when you make a typo, which is quite distracting.
After the first two Google search entries it got harder to find good tests, but then I found this one. It warns you to use proper finger placement, which I take means the ten finger typing system. Yeah, no chance. My grandma tried to teach me and my cousin, but then we got laptops and weren’t patient enough. I think I’m doing okay as is though. It also says not to look down at the keyboard, which I don’t do very often, so we should be good on that front. The third thing it tells you is that you can print a beautiful typing certificate when you’re done. I…will not be doing that, but good to know. You can choose between one minute, three minutes and five minutes, but I chose one, because all the other ones were one minute as well.
I got 62 words/minute with an accuracy of 97%. It doesn’t tell me how that compares to average, but I think by this point we have established that I’m a pro, so that’s okay. I actually found this typing layout the best and least distracting, and the site is aesthetically pleasing.
- It’s the same as with the reading tests – how do they even determine average?
- I’m not sure how accurate this actually is, because you always have to read and semi-comprehend the words you’re typing. I’d say that’s quite different to when I already have them in my head and only need to type them out
- Based on these results (presuming I type about 65 words a minute), I should be able to write 3.900 words an hour
- This is all completely irrelevant, because when I’m trying to write stories, it takes me approximately 12.903 hours to type 500 words, because I never know what to type and overthink everything
- If my accuracy is so high WHY ARE THERE ALWAYS SO MANY TYPOS IN MY BLOG POSTS WHEN I ACCIDENTALLY READ THEM THREE MONTHS LATER???
In conclusion, it is now past midnight and I haven’t started the uni assignment I wanted to finish today. Someone give me a medal. And tell me how you did below! Do you remember how and when you learned typing?