Do you know how fast you can type? In an age where more and more communications are made via text, we’ve been pushing our fingers to go as fast as they can across the keyboard. Learning how fast you can type, therefore, can be useful; improving it even more so.
There’s a multitude of tools across the internet that can tell you how fast you can type. From simple websites that give you a test without bells and whistles, to tests in the form of games and writing out passages, there’s websites out there for all kinds of people who want to check, and maybe challenge, their typing speed.
Typing Speed Test
If you want a no-hassle, no-strings typing test, Typing Speed Test is a particularly good one to use. It’s a very basic challenge that gives you an endless list of words to type and one minute to try to type as many as you can.
Typing Speed Test also comes with a little feature not many other tests have — a character per minute count. Instead of just counting the words, this test will also track how quickly you can type each character, for a little more in-depth analysis of your typing speed. Otherwise, it’s a very basic and to-the-point tool for finding out what your typing speed is; sometimes, that’s all you need!
10 Fast Fingers
When you first visit 10 Fast Fingers, you’re presented with a very standard-looking typing test. These contain the 200 more commonly used words, so if you just want to dig in and check what your WPM is, this is probably the best place to do it.
If you’re a little sick of the lack of variance in the 200 version, you can instead opt in for the second option: the top 1000 words used. This gives a lot more variance in what words get used, so you’ll see repeats much less often in this test format.
The real fun, however, is found when the other options come into play: Typing competition, Text practice, and Top 1000.
Typing competition is a fun way to compete with other typists. Everyone in competition receives the exact same typing prompt. Users then compete with one another to see who can type the passage the fastest. The person who can top the leaderboards wins that lobby, and a permanent win is associated to their account. Make sure you come with only your finest typing skills; winners often total 130-140 WPM in the English lobbies!
Text practice is a little different. In this area, people set their own passages for people to type, and others can test their skills on it. Unfortunately, given the user-submitted nature of this area, sometimes some inappropriate content is posted! For a better experience, click the ‘TOP’ filter at the top of the window for some of the higher-rated passages to help get better quality challenges.
Top 1000 is an interesting mode for those looking for a more personal challenge. In this game, you’re given a set pool of 50 words to test your WPM against. If you beat 50 WPM, the next level will unlock, which covers 40 of the previous words plus 10 new ones. Once you’ve covered 100 different words in this system, you unlock a ‘boss level’ where you tackle all 100 at once. If this proves too easy, you can even unlock ‘hardcore’ mode, where one mistyped word ends the entire challenge.
Tomorrow in part 2 of this article, we’ll look at more great typing speed sites.