Typing Speeds

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by komseban, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. komseban macrumors member

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    The average typing speed for "non-professional typists" is around 30 WPM (words per minute). While professional typists, who may type long documents, like pleadings, average speeds that can range from 80 - 100+ WPM, average computer users don't type much over 40 WPM.


    What is your average/best typing speed?

    Right now, I'm at:

    625.0 Strokes/Min
    125.0 wpm.
    0.0% error ratio
     
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  3. Ann P macrumors 68020

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    That is lightning fast. Mine is usually about 60-70wpm, with few errors.
     
  4. komseban thread starter macrumors member

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    LOL.
    I can see why you'd think it's ********.
    I happen to type A LOT.
    I spend close to 7 hours a day at least on the computer every day typing stuff.
    OTL....
     
  5. torbjoern macrumors 65816

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    I'm around 95 WPM, but the test excluded words shorter than 3 letters (such as I, so, the, a, an, am, at, etc). Besides, the words came in arbitrary order - if I were to write something that made sense, it might have gone faster. Between two different keyboards, there was a variation of 15-20 % in typing speed, too. 125 WPM is certainly not impossible, but it requires optimal conditions.
     
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  7. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    just fyi WPM is calculated by total chars typed divided by 5. This is because the average length of a word is 4 letters long plus 1 space hence 5 chars.

    It does not matter what the words are or how long they are it is still 5 chars per word in terms of figuring out typing speed.
     
  8. komseban thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm pretty sure that my wpm would vary depending on how my fingers are along with the temperature of the room.
    LOL.
    My fingers are really sensitive to the cold; they numb up pretty fast.

    A sidenote: Does anyone know how a dvorak keyboard works?
     
  9. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    DVORAK is just a different keyboard layout. It is based on where they letters are.

    The standard keyboard most of us use is QWERT.
     
  10. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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    125 WPM? ... you should take up the Piano while you are at it :cool:
     
  11. komseban thread starter macrumors member

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    I actually tried piano but apparently my hands don't have enough strength in them.
    I can't even hold like a dish in my hand without it shaking.
    OTL....


    Is Dvorak easier to type on?
    Ehh.. easier is a really bad word. LOL
     
  12. andalusia macrumors 68030

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    125wpm isn't totally unreal. I just did one race on typeracer now to check my current speeds:

    [​IMG]
     
  13. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a

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    I could maybe manage 625 "strokes" per minute.
    Wait? we`re talking about typing?
    Forget it then...:D
     
  14. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    QWERTY was designed to slow typists down. The keys on a mechanical typewriter kept jamming.

    If we went to DVORAK things would speed up, but I guess QWERTY is now entrenched?
     
  15. maflynn Moderator

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    I haven't tested in a while, but depending on what I type, will dictate how fast I go.

    If I'm writing code, and have the code in my brain, I can usually average about 80-90wpms, but if I'm typing emails, or posts on MR, it goes down significantly, because of spelling and thinking
     
  16. ender land macrumors 6502a

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    I have averaged 105 on typeracer. That's over something like 1600 races now, and includes a begininning period of making a TON of mistakes.

    The difference of course is that it is relatively easy to keep a fast typing pace when you are copying something and only typing out a few sentences.

    It is far more difficult to actually type that speed over the course of, say, typing a paper freehand or coding other things of that nature where you are more likely to be slowed down by having to think, and not just type.

    I find my typing speed increases incredibly though when I slow down slightly - I make probably 90% less mistakes when I concentrate on going just a bit slower.

    On the other hand, I can type really fast in IM conversations where it does not matter hah. I've started to not correct mistakes just to make me more aware of when I do make them to increase my speed.
     
  17. .JahJahwarrior. macrumors 6502

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    80wpm first rate, 97wpm second race.

    My parents had a rule: you get a computer when you can type 35wpm. We had to spend time every day during summers working on Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing...

    I have hit 125wpm with no errors before on Mavis Beacon tests in a later typing class at school, wowing the ladies...but that was just luck. I tend to type around 85-100wpm depending on what I'm typing and how I'm typing it. I tend to make the same mistakes time after time, but don't really see the point in spending too much time trying to get a lot better, because I'm still pretty fast.

    I spend quite a bit of time on a computer as a student working on papers and things, and I do worry about carpal tunnel.
     
  18. YS2003 macrumors 68020

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    Does it really matter how fast you type as long as you can type fast enough? I need to think and edit my messages, when I compose them at my work. Fast typing / messaging does not equal effective communication.

    I use Skype chat for my work to talk with my boss and I have no issue typing up quick messages. But, I have to admit the typing classes I took at college are one of the best things I learned to be productive at my work. It would be frustrating if your hands are not typing fast enough while your thoughts are racing through your brain.

    If you are getting paid by WPM, that could be a tough job because your hands could be shot in several years.
     
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    Are there any secretaries here? Wait, do any job descriptions these days actually require you to have a certain typing speed anymore?

    No?

    Then let's all just collectively put our dicks back in our pants and not worry about how much faster we can type than the next guy.
     
  21. millerj123 macrumors 6502a

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    Spoken like a "hunt-n-peck"er. :D
     
  22. OutThere macrumors 603

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    While my read-and-copy typing speed is between 90-100 wpm, I absolutely never type like that outside of a speed test. My average over the course of writing my entire 35,000ish word undergrad thesis came to somewhere around 5-10 wpm, including time spent searching for citations, staring out the window and cursing at the world. I have managed to average as much as 15 wpm while writing less involved essays. Word keeps statistics on 'editing time' as you work on a file, so that's how I calculated these, I don't have a stopwatch running while I write! ;)
     
  23. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    I can actually type around 60-70 wpm on a good day, but I usually type much slower. I'm not in that big a hurry. You don't worry about my peck'er. :cool:
     
  24. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    That is false. Qwert was more made to spread out the letters so common letters were not right next to eachother. This prevented jamming as often because two letters right next to eachother commonly in English either were spear out or requid to be hit by same finger.
     
  25. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    And this did not lower output?? He said, she said.
     

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