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what's your typing speed?

what is your typing speed?
I was test by recruiter this week and my typing speed is 43 words per minute with 5% error rate.
Is my typing speed fast or slow?
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depends what industry you're in...I haven't tested it recently but i wouldn't be suprised if I'm somewhere within 75-85 wpm range...
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I know in the areas where I have seen them do tests for typing there is a need. The ones I know of have been somewhere in the range of a 50 - 60 WPM Corrected (after errors have been removed/-accounted for). Did they tell you what the minimum was or what kind of job is it?

I recently did a test for fun, and I was between 90+ corrected or 110+ with errors. I don't know what they use for typing tests.
On a 'smart' device that isn't always so smart. So please forgive the autocorrects and typos. If it brothers you, then don't read my posts, but don't waste my time correcting me. If you can get past the typos, then my posts generally have some value.
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I just applied for call center job. It pays lower than my regular job that I was lay off
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90 wpm, interestingly i did a typing test half hour ago before seeing this thread.
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I have a computer engineering degree and I never formally learned to type. I also have a Cherry MX Brown keyboard on my work desk right now.
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120 wpm - on a desktop computer or a laptop with a separate "real" keyboard. On a laptop keyboard - zip.
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picard12 wrote:
May 18th, 2017 4:19 pm
I was test by recruiter this week and my typing speed is 43 words per minute with 5% error rate.
Is my typing speed fast or slow?
Unless you are trying to be some kind of court reporter or secretarial position or something, anything above 30wpm should get you above whatever bar they have set.
My friend applied to enter the military and he said they required a minimum typing speed of 25wpm or something.
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very soon voice-typing will take-over on many places for common wording, so this skill will become obsolete.... this is before considering any automated error/grammar correction.
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Last I checked I was between 90WPM and 100WPM.
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Octavius wrote:
May 22nd, 2017 12:49 am
Last I checked I was between 90WPM and 100WPM.
how did you achieve this speed?
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picard12 wrote:
May 23rd, 2017 5:06 pm
how did you achieve this speed?
http://play.typeracer.com/

I regularly hit 140 wpm. There are people that consistently hit 200+ wpm. Much of your typing speed has to do with muscle memory of typing more frequently occurring words in the English language. As such, your typing speed may not be limited by your finger dexterity or hand-eye coordination, but rather your expertise in reading and processing text.
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ohnabatko wrote:
May 20th, 2017 11:12 am
very soon voice-typing will take-over on many places for common wording, so this skill will become obsolete.... this is before considering any automated error/grammar correction.
Unlikely. That is like saying GUI will take over CLI. Just because its easier doesn't make it more effective or efficient. Though I have no doubt voice-typing will improve and further aid in a lot of office related tasks.
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It's been a very long time ~10 years since I tested my typing speed.

Just tried now out of curiosity and got 80wpm (~2% error rate).

For background: -early millennial, -comp eng degree, -works in IT, -no formal typing training.
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Tried this morning on my laptop, averaged about 110-120 WPM. Now at work on lunch with my natural USB keyboard and averaging between 120-140 WPM. Cool website, I can't even imagine what kind of practice and discipline it would take to achieve 180+ WPM

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