In my young life, I’ve spent thousands of hours on a computer. Most of that time consisted of me typing out assignments in high school, undergraduate, and graduate school. Typing is simply the fastest, most reliable way to translate words and ideas to paper. But it is not equally fast for everyone.
One of the easiest ways to save time and energy as a student or professional whose job entails computer work, is to increase your typing speed. Say, on a given day, you need to type 3,000 words between assignments, emails, searches, and social media posts. At the average typing speed of 41 words per minute (wpm), it will take 73 minutes. At 100 wpm, on the other hand, it will take just 27 minutes. If you belong to the faster group, you saved 46 minutes (73-27) in a single day simply by being able to type faster. Even if your days are not this word-intensive, increasing your wpm can be a huge advantage over time.
In high school, touch typing (no-look, using all 10 fingers) was like a superpower. Before typing classes were offered, I took it upon myself to print out a chart, color-coded by key and finger. After several long, at times frustrating, weeks of studying the chart and practicing with the keyboard, I achieved my goal. Rule #1 of a fast wpm: Don’t look at the keyboard. If you’re still looking at the keyboard or typing with two fingers (🤦🏻♂️), you should start by memorizing the keyboard layout.
Today, I was also pleasantly surprised to discover that Free Typing Game is still operational. This is the site I used to take typing tests on and play typing games more than a decade ago. The benefits of typing fast may be serious, but that doesn’t mean the process can’t be fun.
What’s your wpm? If you don’t know where to get tested, try Typing Test. My latest result came back on “Medium Text” difficulty at an adjusted 107 wpm.