Speed Typing Test Review (How Fast Can YOU Type?)

December 29, 2015 discussion, fun, miscellaneous, writing 15

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.

typingtest.com

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.

You know I had to use this gif.



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.

keyhero.com

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.

typing.com/typingtest

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.

Final Thoughts

  • 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?

15 Responses to “Speed Typing Test Review (How Fast Can YOU Type?)”

  1. Kristen Burns

    Hahaha I’m dying. I love that you made a whole post based on my comment. I am so much better at speed typing than speed reading. I got 95wpm as my corrected speed on Aesop’s. I’m not sure I trust the accuracy on that second test though because it said I typed 120wpm with 98.98% accuracy on my first try, but I’m like 98.98% sure that I did not. Especially since my other tries were all in the 90s. I learned to type when I was ten though, and I used to do a lot of typing even before I had a blog, so I’ve had a lot of practice. But the tests are so confusing! Can I go back and fix errors? Will I still be penalized if I do?? Will it throw off the whole test if I don’t?! Am I overthinking this?!?! And you’re right, that red box is seriously distracting! I get super competitive about these tests too lol.

    It’s definitely easier to type from your mind. And it makes me uncomfortable to not look at the text as I’m typing it. I get lost and anxious if I can’t see what word I’m on or fix errors as I go.

    But how do you type so fast without using ten fingers??? I cannot comprehend this! But haha, yes to that whole 500 words in 12 hours thing. I’m not one of those people who can “just write.”
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      I was overthinking it too, but they really were confusing at some points! Err… lots of practice? :D I was just too impatient to learn the whole 10 finger thing,but it’s not like I use simply two fingers either… I just tried to pay attention to how many fingers I use and when, because I never consciously noticed before, but I can’t quite figure it out. I think I just developed some sort of subconscious system!

      Yeah well, never underestimate the power of comments! With great commenting power comes great responsibility. :D
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  2. Mara @ Mara Was Here

    THOSE TYPING TESTS ARE GETTING ADDICTING.

    I definitely love typing on a keyboard, and those typing tests you mentioned got me hooked. The best one I got with Key Hero is 105 words per minute with an accuracy of 99.76%.

    I do think this doesn’t seem relevant when it comes to my writing, too. I tend to take too long thinking up words and end up making around 1,500 words a day only if I’m in a good mood. Although it might be a different matter when I know what I’ll be typing…
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      I know, right? It’s kind of scary how much fun they are, because… why? :’D Wow, that’s really fast! Yeah, I’m right there with you. If I already know what I’m going to type it’s faster, but 2k is a good writing day for me.
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  3. Alyssa

    Haha I love this entire post! My typing speed four years ago was 50-ish words a minute, but I’m sure I’m much faster now because I spend all my time writing novels and typing blog comments. I think the reason that there are still typos in your post are because there aren’t typos in your fingers … there are typos in your MIND. *nods sagely* 80+ words a minute sounds VERY pro indeed, great job! :D

    PS: That Angelfall quote is SO GORGEOUS.
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      I’m not sure whether typos in my mind are an insult or a justification, but I’ll take it haha. Well, to be fair, I don’t think I usually type 80 words a minute, but who knows. :D It is! I knew that it was from Angelfall immediately, because I distinctly remember the “like a teenager in the presence of overwhelming lameness” :’D
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  4. Lola

    I don’t even dare do the test, I am a slow typer. I type with only two fingers. I really should leanr typing with my whole hand, but it’s so difficult. I think I type as fast as I can with two fingers, but typing with two fingers seriously limits my speeds compared to those who do type with all their fingers. I have the feeling I probably make a lot of errors as I always find typo’s in old blog posts.

    I do wonder how those tests test what’s average. And indeed typing the words from your head goes faster than typing what you see on the screen.
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      I thought I type with two fingers, because I never learned the ten finger system properly either, but I just tried to pay attention and I’m doing some weird mix between them? Like, I’ll type with more than two fingers, but I can’t actually figure out if there’s any rhyme or reason to it. I think they probably just determine average by the people who take the test on their site? IDK, just my guess, maybe there’s some sort of secret database for average values.
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  5. Cait @ Paper Fury

    I did the first one just now aaaand I got 108!! WOO gO ME. When I did school, we used to have a (frustratingly irritating) tying program and we had to have like 35 words per minute to “pass”. Pfft. I got like 80. I am definitely a fast typer….accuracy?! BAHAH NOT SO MUCH. (Although I did better in the test?! Because I think I was actually trying. :P) And I often type so fast I hit the space at the wrong time. -_- Oh the agony. aHEM.
    THIS WAS REALLY FUN! :D
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      I thought I was super fast, but a lot of people are getting much higher results! Like, I’m not jealous, because there’s absolutely no need for me to type faster than I already do, because I can’t keep up with my thoughts as it is, but… how??? Like, just physically how? :D Ooooh interesting! We never had any typing classes in school; we just all sort of taught ourselves, I guess. Oh yeah, I constantly have to go back and correct myself. I tried leaving everything as it was when I first typed it once and it was a complete disaster. :D
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  6. Valerie

    I have 77 words per minute! And I had one error, but that’s because I corrected most of my mistakes! I think I was much faster than how I usually type because during the test, I’m just copying whatever is on the screen. And I don’t have to look at the keyboard when I type (do people do that nowadays? As bloggers?) so it was easy to just type away.

    Now that I think about it, maybe that is what messed me up? Maybe I am a faster typer when I am typing out my own words? (Unless it is for a school paper, yes hahahah). If I am typing out my thoughts directly as I think them, then I am much faster.

    I think this post made me think more than I should be thinking. Oh well! I enjoyed myself!

    I think there are typos in posts because it is LATE AT NIGHT AND I SHOULD BE SLEEPING but instead I am writing a post and I don’t pay attention to any of my mistakes until days later. Maybe this is it? Hahahha!

    Awesome post as usual Vlora! What else can we test? THINKING SPEED? INTELLIGENCE? REACTION TIMES?
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      I also had to go back and correct mistakes a lot of the time! I have to do it when I usually type as well. And I always painstakingly delete every word and write it again instead of just clicking where the typo is for no particular reason at all. :D Hm I don’t know re: looking at the keyboard. I definitely don’t look at the keyboard when I type, but I do have troubles when it’s dark and I try to type (I can still sort of do it, but I’m slower), so I guess I must sort of peek somehow even though I never look at the letters and I couldn’t tell you where they are by heart? IDEK. I’m faster when I type my own thoughts too I think, but I suppose that’d go for everyone who takes the test, so the average they determine is probably still somewhat correct.

      Haha yeah, I’m overthinking this too. I mean I literally wrote a REVIEW FOR TYPING TESTS what is wrong with me. Yes, that might be the reason there are typos. Then again, it is always late at night when I do anything, so maybe not. :D VALERIE YOU ARE AN EVIL DEMON OF EVILNESS BECAUSE NOW I’M THINKING ABOUT MAKING THIS A SERIES. Vlora write unconventional reviews on weird tests. Maybe I shouldn’t have been so quick to delete the emails from those spammers who asked me to review meds for amazon…
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      I’m sorry your day requires beer (unless it was celebratory beer, than I’m not sorry, but it didn’t sound like it), but that’s quite impressive in a tipsy condition. :D I once (or maybe twice, who really knows) participated in this challenge where you’d get drunk and then type up stories and post them. They… were expectedly weird.
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