How is Typing Speed Measured?

How is Typing Speed Measured

How is Typing Speed Measured?

If you’re trying to increase your productivity by improving the speed at which you type, this is probably one of the first questions that you’re going to ask yourself.

Typing speed is measured in words per minute (WPM).

Basically, you measure how fast you can type by measuring how many words you can accurately type in a 60 second time frame.

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Obviously, different words have different amounts of letters and some may be more difficult to type than others.

In order to handle this difficulty in measuring typing speed, users are often asked to type a couple paragraphs of text that contain a variety of words with different lengths and difficulties.

Once the user feels as though their typing speed has improved, they attempt to type the same set of paragraphs and can compare their previous speed to their new speed.

There are a number of online tools available for you to try out to measure your typing speed and gain a baseline of where you’re at.

The typing speed test that I recommend is at

It is important to note that when you’re taking a typing test, you will be penalized for misspelled words or “typos”. The trick is to find a good balance between accuracy and speed.

Anson Alexander

About Anson Alexander

Anson has been publishing to since early 2011 and has recently opened an headquarters office to focus on the brand full time.

Anson specializes in providing software and technology tutorials in both print and video format. With hundreds of tutorials published on, Anson has also authored and recorded a course for as well as other media companies.

Anson has a degree in International Business and Information Systems from the University of Tampa and also enjoys enjoys traveling and gaming.

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One Response to "How is Typing Speed Measured?"

  1. Michael Muryn says:

    Anson, you might like that game:

    Good Typing test is interesting but it always bug when I use the backspace and if I begin to care about it that slow down my typing as when I type very fast I use almost instinctively the backspace (it can be faster to allow some errors and correct them fast if you care, than worry about them, and typing is probably a good example for this).

    At some speed however (e.g. 100+ wpm), it is usually not that that will slow down your productivity as a blog writer, programmer, etc. (it takes more time thinking, editing, etc. than that). Still being able to be good and fast in that part of the job can be seen as an indicator of skill, throughput capability, etc. Especially if you use a computer daily and write a lot thorough your day, it is common sense to get efficient at that.

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