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How fast can you type?

Asked by ANef_is_Enuf (23298 points ) November 2nd, 2011

According to the typing test on this web page, I type 96WPM with 100% accuracy. I was surprised to see that number, because I used to type considerably faster. Even though I know that is good, I’m kind of disappointed to learn that I don’t type as well as I did at one point.
Is that even considered a useful skill anymore?

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

It’s useful for hosting K parties.

bobbinhood's avatar

Your link brings me back to this question, not another site. I think you still have time to edit and fix it.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Huh?
@bobbinhood, that’s strange.. the url is correct. I changed the wording a bit, try now?

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@Brian1946 I saw that, too, but in the actual question it was just “www.typingtest.com” Weird.

bobbinhood's avatar

@ANef_is_Enuf It’s better now. :)

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

That’s really odd. I only changed the words in quotations from “site” to “web page.”

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@ANef_is_Enuf Typing fast is good for beating the other jellies when posting the questions when someone reaches 10K, 20K, etc.

Brian1946's avatar

I think the fastest I’ve ever typed is about 30 WPM.

Wow, that was when I started a typing class in high school, but now it’s up 36 WPM. I credit my now being able to touch locate the backspace key with that Himalayan improvement. ;-p

bobbinhood's avatar

I tested at about 85 wpm and 98% accuracy.

thorninmud's avatar

Very slowly (better timed with a sundial than a stopwatch). But it’s all good, since that’s about the pace at which I think.

Seaofclouds's avatar

My speed was 67 wpm with 98% accuracy and a 5-month-old baby on my lap. :)

Brian1946's avatar

@ANef_is_Enuf

“I saw that, too, but in the actual question it was just “www.typingtest.com” Weird.”

Oo-WEE-oo! ;-0

Perhaps you were editing the link at about the same time I was using Firefox to copy its location.

wundayatta's avatar

Not quite fast enough to keep up with my thinking. According to that test, I’m 58 words a minute. I find this curious because when I am typing answers here, I seem to be able to put up a five paragraph answer in the time it takes most people to put up a once paragraph answer. In the case of @thorninmud, it’s in the time it takes him to put up a one sentence answer.

@thorninmud How can you stand it? Don’t you lose one hundred thoughts for every thought you capture? I lose a number of thoughts, and sometimes I can recapture them, but usually they are gone forever. My mind doesn’t seem to like thinking anything more than once.

So if I type close to 60 words a minute and I feel like I’m losing a third of my thoughts, then I guess I must be thinking around 90 words a minute. That seems pretty slow to me.

@ANef_is_Enuf Do you ever go in the chat room? I hardly ever do. When I go there, I feel like I chase everyone away—maybe because I type faster than other people. Or maybe because I’m just so annoying. Do you find that when you type 100 words a minute you fill up the space with no room for anyone else?

thorninmud's avatar

@wundayatta Ha! No, I’m really a low-gear thinker. I’ve always been amazed at the speed with which all that material gushes out of you.

My wife thinks faster than she can even speak; hardly ever finishes a sentence because a new thought cuts off the old one in the prime of life. My thoughts have an extraordinarily long gestation period, and then I brood them longer yet before I release them into the wild.

bobbinhood's avatar

@wundayatta I find this curious because when I am typing answers here, I seem to be able to put up a five paragraph answer in the time it takes most people to put up a once paragraph answer.

I don’t think the speed at which we type is a fair indication of how quickly people should answer. Personally, I usually take quite a while to craft an answer, even if it’s just a few sentences. I work hard to make sure what I’m trying to say is actually what comes across. That involves rereading and editing multiple times. Thus, the process of answering takes significantly longer than it takes to type the words.

Even with this simple response, I reworded things at least 10 times before I decided to submit, and I’m still not certain that I’m communicating effectively.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Just did it. 28 WPM – 6 errors = adjusted 22 WPM. I’m such a slug. No wonder I don’t chat.

LuckyGuy's avatar

OK, I just did it again with the Aesop’s fables example. The previous test was with Astronauts – lots of symbols.

Results: 39 WPM – 1 error = 38 WPM Much better. However, I’m sure I cannot keep that pace up for long..

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( well, apparently, it looks like eight or ten BS words a minute, and there’s no looking at the keyboard! )

ucme's avatar

Okay, i’m actually timing my answer as I type. In one minute I shall hit the answer button & see how I got on. There will be no corrections, so hopefully it won’t be too bad, although my hopes aren’t high, bec…...
That genuinely took a minute to do, i’m quite pleased with myself.

muppetish's avatar

98 words per minute with 100% accuracy. I think I can type a little faster, but I had to delete a few words to keep it clean of errors. Unless I’m typing a copy of a text from a physical copy to the computer screen, I don’t think typing fast helps me too much. I still write my essays as slowly as the next person because unless I have ideas flowing, they aren’t going to get written.

john65pennington's avatar

42 words a minute. I guess this puts me in the Senior Division for old typists.

42 is okay with me. It keeps me from making too many mistakes.

Coloma's avatar

Haha…do you really think I’m going to humiliate myself with a typing test? I think not.

As long as I’m clear, and my spelling and grammar is of decent quality, well..I’m not looking to win any contests. lol

NinjaBiscuit's avatar

88 wpm at 95% accuracy (4 errors), adjusted to 84 wpm. Woohoo! I did better than I thought I would.

DominicX's avatar

110 WPM is the fastest I’ve scored recently. Usually I get somewhere around 90–95 WPM with 100% accuracy.

downtide's avatar

45 WPM with 100% accuracy. It’s fast enough for the typing I do at work.

rebbel's avatar

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filmfann's avatar

I would guess 45–50 WPM with 100% accuracy.

dannyc's avatar

Slow. Thus my answers are short.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@wundayatta I don’t really care for chatrooms, but I do feel that way in IMs, sometimes.

Ron_C's avatar

Not so fast, there were too many ” marks in the sample. Without them I could have done better. I also notice that I type faster than I think. 24 WPM with 100% accuracy. Not too good, I’d never become a secretary.

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