Weekend Open Forum: How fast can you type?

By midian182 ยท 41 replies
Aug 18, 2017
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  1. There was a time when a fast typing speed was an attribute usually reserved for those who sat behind a keyboard all day. But in today’s connected society, it’s not just the likes of secretaries, IT workers, and professional writers that can exceed 60 words per minute.

    Thanks to the rise in the number of computer owners over the last 35 years, along with the large percentage of the earth's population who now use social media, more people than ever before know that 'QWERTY' isn’t a D&D character and can type using more than one finger.

    For this weekend open forum, we want to know how fast you can type. But before you comment with a ‘rough’ WPM guesstimate, why not get an exact measurement by testing yourself at The Typing Cat and let us know how well/awful you did.

    The site's all-time fastest score is an amazing 150 words per minute; how close to that can you get?

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,826   +1,019

    Last typing test I took a few years back was at 115 wpm.

    Years ago I was going through a mall and unbeknownst to me they were having a typing contest - the winner won an electric typewriter. My girlfriend egged me on to do it as she knew I was fast. I was the only guy in the contest and won the typewriter. There were some seriously pissed-off ladies walking away from that contest. ;)
    Reehahs, Misagt, SantistaUSA and 2 others like this.
  3. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,781   +1,057

    57 WPM.

    That's my test result (image at the top of the post) on a Das mechanic keyboard, I do somewhat worse on my laptop. I'll try to outdo myself during the weekend :)
  4. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,434   +488

    Not fast or accuryte
  5. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 940   +42

    72wpm with normal microsoft keyboard.
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 10,169   +4,112

    Probably somewhere around 30 maybe 40.
  7. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,430   +742

    46wpm, 97% accuracy. Not bad for an almost 60 year old.
    Took typing in high school in the 70's.
  8. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 5,051   +4,084

    70 to 120+ with an accuracy range of 80-97 percent. It all depends on the feel of the keyboard. Will do a test tomorrow to see how well I do with my current board.

    Edit: Looks like I am hot garbage with a blackwidow: 52 WPM.
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2017
  9. Kris95

    Kris95 TS Member

    The last time I tested it was around 80 WPM but it depends on the keyboard, that was on a Model M. I can't type worth a dime on these stupid chicklet key keyboards with their nonstandard layouts that computers are coming with these days.
  10. Typing speed 2.JPG Typing speed.JPG 1st and 2nd try.
  11. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,869   +2,218

    45. What's the rush? I only type words that matter.
    EClyde, Reehahs and Cal Jeffrey like this.
  12. Guillermo Belli

    Guillermo Belli TS Member Posts: 25   +19

    I don't know how fast I type, I only use one or two fingers from each hand, but I still your faster and more accurately than most people I know that know how to type "properly".

    I'll do the test when I get to my computer.
  13. Tgard

    Tgard TS Booster Posts: 93   +31

    A solid 45 wpm since high school almost 40 years ago.
  14. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,278

    I read this article as soon as it was posted and I've just finished typing my response now.
    Jos, EClyde, Humza and 4 others like this.
  15. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,451   +316

    74WPM, 12th in last 24 hours @ 94.98% accuracy. 23, I love on typing.
  16. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,505   +399

    42 @ 97something% the first time I tried, 52@100% the third time I tried. Reset on the second one because I got interrupted.
  17. namesrejected

    namesrejected TS Guru Posts: 398   +301

    Depends where I am. Im paid hourly, so at work I hunt for every key, but at home im probably average. 45 wpm or so.
    madboyv1 likes this.
  18. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,935   +2,423

    At my best I was up to 65 words per minute with 90% accuracy, but that was a long time ago. Now I'm more like 32 WPM and thank God for spell check!
  19. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,047   +1,361

    Just got 89WPM with 98% accuracy. New keyboard though and usually a bit faster on my laptop.
    Says im #4 in the last 24h.
  20. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,270   +101

    Tried for triple digits but it's not happening...

  21. seeprime

    seeprime TS Maniac Posts: 200   +171

    Of course. It's obvious from your post that accuracy is very important when you type..
  22. Cal Jeffrey

    Cal Jeffrey TS Guru Posts: 946   +230

    I'm about 60 wpm if I'm typing off the top of my head with about 85-90% accuracy (depending on keyboard). Transcribing I slow way down to probably about 40 wpm, but with higher accuracy. I tend to transcribe carefully which slows me down. Never have figured out if the extra time is paid off by less corrections.
  23. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,518   +3,033

    Oh gosh, I have no discipline. Sometimes I type with all my fingers, sometimes with just on, (on my dominant hand), and 3 or four on the other. Never did get the hang of the thumb for the space bar.

    Me not looking at the keyboard is sure to get the caps lock on, every time I go near the A, Q, and sometimes Z.

    I probably should take the test. I'm sure even I would be appalled at how slow I type, versus how long winded I am...:eek::oops:
  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,518   +3,033

    I think a remedial English course would be as much, or possibly more benefit to him than, "remedial typing". Or possibly, "English as a Second Language", might do the trick.
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  25. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,518   +3,033

    A quick question here. If you type with both hands, would that be called, "stereotyping"?
    seeprime, lostinlodos, Humza and 7 others like this.

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