What is a good touch typing speed

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  1. macgrl
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    Hi, I was wondering what is a good touch typing speed? I would like to use my mbp to take notes in class this coming year and was wanting to know what people think is a good speed. I want to be able to keep up and take notes faster than I can write. What speed do most people that use their macs in class type at? Thanks
     
  2. Iscariot
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    Average handwriting speed is between 20 and 30 WPM depending on the material and how it's presented, so anything faster than that would be sufficient.
     
  3. PkennethV
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    haha thought the OP meant (iPod) touch typing speed when I saw thread name:D
     
  4. mkrishnan
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    I think 70-90 WPM is considered good for amateurs like us. :p I type right around 80. I think people who are paid for just typing are expected to do more like 120-140 WPM.

    But usually for typing in class, touch typing speed isn't the limiting factor. Touch typing is loud. I wouldn't type 80WPM in class -- it would make way too much racket....
     
  5. Plymouthbreezer
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    Depends on your keyboard and how loud you're willing to be - if you don't mind causing a racket, you can get your speed way way up.
     
  6. Leareth
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    50 WPM with high degree of accuracy is considered 'good'.

    though I find I type much faster when taking notes or writing essays than I do on typing exams, and my accuracy is higher.
     

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