Did you know that simply 50 words make up 60% of everything that we say? That’s not a whole lot of words considering there are thousands upon thousands of words that are available to use. Even Shakespeare used about 22,000 different words in his published works! According to the PowerTyping site, most of us have a working vocabulary of about 2,000 words which means there are probably about that many words that you could regularly be typing if you use your computer for communicating with others. Being able to accurately type, and the ability to type fast is one of those invaluable skills these days. Today we’re taking a look at four different sites that will test your typing ability and give you the opportunity to improve your skills.
Typing skills turns competitive with a fairly new site called TypeRacer. TypeRacer is a “game” in which you’re competing against others to see who the fastest typer is. Each person participating will have a car that moves across the screen as they type. The first person/car to the end of the road wins. What you end up typing are lines from different books and movies that are sold on Amazon.com. As you’re typing, they tell you which book the excerpt came from, and then an affiliate ad is shown which helps explain how this site is making money.
For those of you who thrive off of competition, go checkout TypeRacer.
TypingTest.com isn’t quite as fun as TypeRacer, but it does exactly what it says it does, and tests how fast you can type. The only requirement is that you must have Java. When you click to start the test, you get to choose if you want a 1 minute, 2 minute, or 3 minute test. You can also choose between a handful of different text options, and then you can choose whether you want the speed unit to be WPM (words per minute) or CPM (characters per minute).
After the time is up, no matter how much of the passage you have completed, they’ll display your test results. They take into consideration your accuracy to determine a Net Speed. So if you made a few mistakes, your Gross Speed would be higher than what it displayed for your Net Speed, make sense? Below is an example of the results that you’d see after taking a test:
Notice that TypingTest even has a Facebook Ap? You can add the typing test to your Facebook profile and then once you complete a test, it will show you who are the best typists in your network. They also keep an average speed of all Facebook users which happens to be 50 WPM. Results from your typing test will show up in your mini-feed.
At the PowerTyping site, they give you a paragraph to type so that you can test your speed. There are several different tests that you can choose from. Some of the tests are designed so that you only leave one space after a period (if you put two, it’ll be counted as a mistake), while others are designed so that you should put a double space after a period. I am used to putting two spaces after a period so I made sure to choose a test under the “double space” category.
Once you complete the test, a box will pop-up in your browser with your results. They tell you what your typing rate is, how many words you typed, and how many mistakes you made.
iPhone Typing Test (link)
Own an iPhone and want to know how fast you type? Here’s how you can do that. On your iPhone go to www.iphonetypingtest.com. There you’ll find a typing test designed just for those using an iPhone. After clicking start you’ll be taken to a new page and the test starts when you click inside the blue field. Once you’re done with the test, press “Done” on the screen and then you’ll see your results.
Unlike typing on a keyboard where I’m able to type about 100 WPM, typing on an iPhone is much more difficult for me and I found that I could type about 32 words per minute using my fingers.