What irks ME, is that the more companies can get, the more they want. Smh
the advanced degree requirement is usually for very specific jobs, like STEM jobs, which would require the degrees. The most annoying part about stem degrees, is that in undergrad you are never advised on job search after college. after you get a degree, these jobs expect you to pull 2-5 years experience, for an entry level position.
I give a side eye when regular office jobs like a secretary or receptionist or clerk ask for 85 wpm and up. Makes me wonder what they will have you doing. Maybe a secretary will be doing dictation or taking minutes or something, but still you don't need to type that fast for that. I always feel like they assume the faster you can type the more work they can pile on you and expect it done in the half the time. Even if I could type that fast I don't want to be typing like some maniac for 8-9 hours a day.
You can easily find the consensus on the "AVERAGE" typing speed which is between 38 to 41wpm. But the "average" person in the world doesn't have a high-school equivalent education and nearly half the population of the world doesn't even have their own computer. PS: A 6th grader in north American schools is required to hit 30wpm. So, the average means you're only 25% better than a 6th grader?! Common... no. Don't judge yourself by the average or by 6th graders!
For nearly every other job that requires sitting at a desk but isn't strictly data entry, people aren't asked to take typing tests because frankly it's assumed you can type faster than a 6th grader by a wide margin, not because it doesn't matter. Also, if you can't type fast, it's likely you have other issues that will weed you out for jobs in the Finance, IT, Accounting and a dozen other areas. ie. No need for a test. Again, not because it doesn't matter so don't assume it doesn't.
I have only worked with one person who couldn't type worth a crap in the IT industry. Happened to be my boss and I remember one day a VP watching him type, openly giving him crap about it in a room of a people. Not sure what he did to fix it, but a few months later he was banging away at a normal 60-70wpm or more.
Still though, I average around 80-85 words per minute and just yesterday was able to hit 112. I think that your typing speed by the time you are graduating and looking for a job should be around at lest 85, so to be honest I am surprised that people who have to type much more than others in their job are worried about typing that fast.
Also, multiple factors like someone said previously in this forum do affect your typing. The type of keyboard, computer, laptop, posture, time of day, your attitude, and much more are all factors of what you input. Some days I get a little sluggish and find myself running at around 90-95 wpm, but it keeps improving from the amount of time you take interest in typing.
Also, no I don't stalk this website. I just randomly found it when looking up things about typing.
85 WPM for me is nothing. XD
My own way is a mixture of the proper way and chicken pecking. It also helps if I'm interested in what I have to type out.
I actually wanted to take typing in middle school, but my dad wouldn’t let me. He insisted that I take something more “intellectual." Not the greatest advice. I may have a lot of knowledge, but I don’t know about my skills.
I’m surprised to hear that 6th graders have to type 30 wpm! Times have changed, if that’s true. When I was in 6th grade, nobody in my class knew how to type. Nobody had computers back then, so that’s probably why.
How can a person improve their typing speed? Are there any online exercises out there that are free?
We were told it would be useful for typing class papers.
Even the boys took the class.
My speed increased with a "Mavis Beacon" typing tutor program on my computer. My very old computer went out last year, so now I have a cheap, new one. I have to look into getting another typing tutor for this computer.
I think 85wpm is unrealistic--are they also wanting someone who knows shorthand??
I'm in 8th grade and I am currently struggling to do it the normal way 😕 I would like to know if you need to pass the 8th grade typing test to graduate? I have had way to much anxiety about it.
Typing is a skill that can be worked upon just like shooting a basketball and if you want to play at a certain level, you will have to make sure your abilities are up to par. The good thing with typing is that with consistent practice, you'll gradually improve. There are a wide variety of options online that can assist you in your training, regardless of any budget. Integrating more methods of typing, along with answering emails, is a good strategy towards developing your skill further. Good luck!
great tip @AML_TX
I learned to type in High School and while i've never had a job that asked about my typing skills, I do think the best thing to do is to learn the keyboard shortcuts and to practice! practice! practice! It's really about repetition.
There are several types of jobs that require you to type quickly, which can land anywhere above 60wpm. The preference of 85+ wpm means you're likely doing some very heavy typing and that speed is of the essence. Additionally, depending on the type of job, some companies pay will pay by audio minute or per word so it would be in your best interest to type as quickly and accurately as possible. Below are some jobs you may want to consider according to Typing Lounge.
1. Typist or Word Processor
3. Legal Transcriber
4. Data Entry Specialist
5. Closed Captioning and Subtitling Typing
6. Court Reporter
8. Secretary/Personal Assistant
9. Virtual Assistant
11. Web Designer/Developer
12. Chat Agent
To Your Success!
~ Coach Chantél, Job Search Guide
Hello @Eva14, it’s been reported that music, white noise, and ambient noise can assist in improving your focus, while simultaneously helping to increase your typing speed. During your practice time, try listening to different genres while typing to see what works best for you. Good luck! ~ Coach WKiser
To tag on to what @WKiser mentioned, you might want to start with classical! Classical has been proven to be one of the most helpful music genres for concentration. In general, music without lyrics will help the most (most likely).
You could also practice with typing games like Mavis Beacon. There are all sorts of free typing games that make sharpening your typing skills fun!
There are jobs that require a type speed of 85 wpm or even higher, this is dependent on the type of job of course. For jobs such as data entry, dispatch, medical transcripts, legal assistants etc. it is important that the employee responsible for reporting is able to capture important information accurately. For example, it is reported that a court reporter needs to be able to type incredibly fast, about 225 wpm, although they use special machines that are designed to help them achieve this numerical and additional training. Again, wpm requirements is dependent on the type of job so you may find jobs like, CNAs or phlebotomists, for example, only need to be able to type between 25 wpm and 40wpm. Regardless, a higher wpm speed is always an advantage in the workplace. 😊 Hope this information is helpful.
Best of luck,
During these times of uncertainty, the idea of playfulness while learning is ideal. In fact, this is also a great time to catch up on your reading, purge closets, take some online classes, and get organized. ~ Coach WKiser
Be sure to use all ten fingers: No finger should be idle unless you are typing an article that does not have specific letters assigned to specific fingers. It is recommended that the fingers are anchored on the home keys so they can easily reach the rest of the keys. The left pinky, ring, middle, and index fingers are anchored to the A, S, D, and F keys respectively. The right set of fingers, on the other hand, are for the letters J, K, L, and ;. Some keyboards provide small but easily felt bumps for the letters F and J so you can quickly locate these keys by simply touching them. Once you position your index fingers on their respective home keys, you can easily position the rest of your fingers to their respective home keys. This becomes much more intuitive the more you practice.
If you're starting off at 60 wpm, I say you're in a good place. Jobs that announce the desired typing speed are more than likely going to be typing intensive, so you should think to yourself "Is this the job for me" especially if you are not at the speed yet.
If you are still interested in applying to the job, and you get the job, your typing speed will surely improve over time after churning out 1000 emails and more in shorter periods of time.
The job description is setting an expectation before you consider that job. If you are not there yet, I say you can still apply, however you'll want to leverage a few online resources that are free and will help improve your typing speed in a short period of time with practice.
Over time, you may consider positions that require 100 wpm or more!
Monique Davis, Career Coach
For anyone looking to improve their typing speed during this time. Take advantage of online courses that allow you to practice using all ten fingers as mentioned above. Perhaps you want to partner with someone who has the same goal of increasing their typing speed. You can play typing games to add a little competition to the mix. Lastly, the best way to practice everything is just to do it. Forming actual thoughts rather than just completing computer-generated phrases will help you build this competency. Type out a few paragraphs a day about anything you can think of. Take every opportunity to practice, when you're typing an email and when you're chatting online. Test your self periodically to see how your speed has improved. This could certainly be a fun project to conquer.
-Monique Davis, Career Coach
If I am around 69 wpm how can I boost it up to 80 wpm I mean I practice all of the time but I seems to be taking so long to get faster but my accuracy is increasing how is it taking me so long to bring it up to 80 wpm+
I love this thread. I can relate to you all, I want to type faster. Practice, Practice, Practice.