Average typing speed

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Holly in Chicago, Illinois

27 months ago

Today I came across a posting that requires a minimum type speed of 85 wpm. How many people can type that fast? Responding to daily emails gives everyone typing practice, but If I can type 60 wpm I am lucky, is this setting the bar too high?

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Jobseeker1927 in Anytown

27 months ago

I'm on your side. I've done 70, but have seen 100 in a job posting. Made me wonder how it was humanly possible. Apparently, there ARE folks that can do it.

What irks ME, is that the more companies can get, the more they want. Smh

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Robeve in Atlanta, Georgia

27 months ago

I've taken typing tests where I've gotten up to 110 wpm. My normal speed is usually between 90-100. I credit all those typing exercises I had to do in middle school as being the reason. I did always find these job requirements related to typing speed to be bizarre since you do get typing practice from a lot of these jobs anyway.

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Cameron 520 in New York, New York

27 months ago

The only people that really can type that fast are people who have to type of all those legal document and do a ton of typing on the job. Many jobs don't send letters by mail anymore, and you don't have to type that fast to send off a quick email reply. Some employers want advanced degrees, and 10 years experience and willing to pay peanuts for it. How is a new college grad going to get a start in the working world with the bar set that high?

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sefsdfge5t5e in San Francisco, California

27 months ago

Cameron 520 in New York, New York said: The only people that really can type that fast are people who have to type of all those legal document and do a ton of typing on the job. Many jobs don't send letters by mail anymore, and you don't have to type that fast to send off a quick email reply. Some employers want advanced degrees, and 10 years experience and willing to pay peanuts for it. How is a new college grad going to get a start in the working world with the bar set that high?

i recently saw a job that wants 100+wpm, wonder whats the point of it.
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.

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Warren in Skokie, Illinois

27 months ago

I don't think that they should require a typing speed when considering candidates for a job. The documents that they will be typing, can the candidate do them? Letters, accurately, emails don't require 100 wpm skills as many are not that long. How many jobs are people typing all day long? You begin to wonder is this a real job with the requirements so high? I have not had a single company test my typing speed to be considered for the job. Yes temp agencies sometimes do, but I will not work with them as they will send you on something that you might not be the perfect match, but they have to beat the other agencies that might also be sending candidates for that opening. Same thing goes for Word, Excel & Outlook, yes they are part of the job I do, but never once was I tested and was hired. If they did test me on them I know enough to do the job that I am applying for.

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Alowely in United Kingdom

16 months ago

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Shingami in Chicago, Illinois

16 months ago

I recently got a job in data entry where we have to fill in forms from one form into another (split screen) I saw a guy who had to be at 100+ wpm. I dont' know how he was doing it without mistakes because how you can you even read the document and fill it in at the same time? It's crazy. That is where I would think someone would want every one of their workers at 100+ because if you had 100 people in a center all typing like him work would be flying out the door.

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.

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Ms Doppelganger in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

16 months ago

Only jobs I can think of are straight up, high volume, data entry jobs, especially 10 key, that might really require such a high KSPH or WPM. I've heard that 911 dispatchers need high typing speed, 80+, but I would think a lot of that information can be obtained by tracing the call.

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Jonathan in United Kingdom

16 months ago

Typing speed is something that depends on a huge number of different factors. A type of a keyboard, an experience gained, a frequency of typing and so on and so forth - everything of that is important. And, in addition to this, a typing speed could be proved without any difficulties and in the short time. The only way to do that is to practice, practice and practice. The average typing speed could be different: from 38 to 42 words per minute, and for professional typists that is from 65 to 75 words per minutes. Oh, also it is a good idea to use typing speed test for proving skills.

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knottydev in Newport, Oregon

16 months ago

I find many of these opinions rather shocking! 85wpm is a problem to someone applying to be a secretary or receptionist!? WELL... I guess that's why a lot of these companies require tests!

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.

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Lucas in Banner Elk, North Carolina

9 months ago

I guess I'll add my 2 cents. I just landed my first data entry job, as all my other positions in life have been teaching at various universities in China/Property Management/Restaurant Management. Whenever my students saw me type, they always were in awe at how fast I typed. Anyways, I type over 100 WPM. How? Some of you may have heard of the game--Everquest. When I was in high school, I spent every night running an online MMORPG guild in the game. It required me to be able to type fast, because I would be bombarded by questions constantly. Thats the way I learned to type fast. I was also taking a typing class at the time and was hitting 90 WPM. I've managed to increase it 20 WPM since then and now type over 100 WPM. When I applied for the Data Entry job, it required at least 60 WPM. When I scored over 100 WPM, the 3rd party HR company told me I was hired on the spot as there was no way they'd not hire me. Anyways, you don't have to run an online MMORPG to increase your typing speed. But obviously running that guild gave me practice doing something I enjoyed doing, and practice is what will increase your typing speed. Good luck!

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Anonymous

9 months ago

I think its great that people can type so fast, but honestly I wouldnt want to be hired for my typing speed. I can type about 40WPM and my 10 key is about 11000KPH with maybe 99% accuracy.

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SomeRandomDudeOnTheInternet in Wayzata, Minnesota

9 months ago

knottydev in Newport, Oregon said: I find many of these opinions rather shocking! 85wpm is a problem to someone applying to be a secretary or receptionist!? WELL... I guess that's why a lot of these companies require tests!

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.

Honestly, I agree with this comment so much. I am going into seventh grade and I have passed a typing test with 115 WPM before, so it is kind of surprising to me that someone that is old enough to be applying for a job has a tough time with 85 words per minute. Then again, the typing test I took when I got 115 WPM was pretty short and had easy words like something and someone which are much easier to type than others.

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.

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joshbird in Neasden, United Kingdom

9 months ago

Actually, there are quite a lot of specialists, who can type with that speed and even faster. I think, it is all because of the skill of blind typing, and when you know what to write, it is not so difficult to enlarge your <a href="www.retype.biz/typing-speed-facts-you-will-be-impressed/">typing speed</a> to even 150 wpm. What about accuracy, the last versions of word do the automatic correction in most cases, and don’t forget about that fact that people can type on the phone and that is even easier and faster than typing on pc or laptop. And the autocorrection is much better than word’s one.

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joshbird in Neasden, United Kingdom

9 months ago

Actually, there are quite a lot of specialists, who can type with that speed and even faster. I think, it is all because of the skill of blind typing, and when you know what to write, it is not so difficult to enlarge your [www.retype.biz/typing-speed-facts-you-will-be-impressed/=typing speed] to even 150 wpm. What about accuracy, the last versions of word do the automatic correction in most cases, and don’t forget about that fact that people can type on the phone and that is even easier and faster than typing on pc or laptop. And the autocorrection is much better than word’s one.

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yayy in Lenexa, Kansas

3 months ago

Let me baby this down for all you nice nerds flocking here. All you have to do is pretty much stick with typing, practicing, and all that good stuff. I mean I'm a sophomore with 100 wpm average and I still know people who type the same/faster than me, younger and (obviously) older. You basically have to just keep practicing, more than just emails too (typing lessons) and you'll get faster eventually. However, this comes at a cost, as you need to learn how to type fast and be ACCURATE (something I am working on right now, accuracy is around 97-99%). From experience and multiple talks from family members, friends, and people seeking employers, having any errors at all while you're typing is a complete turn off. Such as someone typing 110 with 0 errors, and someone typing 113 with an error, they WILL take the person with no errors just to be safe.

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.

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SickOfItAll in Santee, California

3 months ago

I was a transcriptionist for 10 years.
85 WPM for me is nothing. XD

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HIMKentucky in Louisville, Kentucky

23 days ago

SickOfItAll in Santee, California said: I was a transcriptionist for 10 years.
85 WPM for me is nothing. XD

I was a transcriptionist for decades as well, even wiped out all the radiology in a large med/surg hospital in one day once (gotta love incentive bonuses), and we were highly QAed for accuracy. My guess is I type at a rate of approximately 75-90 wpm accurately (ear-to-hand better than eye-to-hand), depending on complexity. In college, I HAD to type 60 wpm with 3 errors or less to get out of a class. So I was not concerned at all about a typing test, but the Indeed typing test said I typed at 48 wpm. What?!!! I was floored, and the result has my friends laughing hysterically because I can out-type just about everyone. Really odd.

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roofing in Walla Walla, Washington

23 days ago

I can easily knock out 100-110wpm if I type my own way (chicken pecking lol), but if I type the proper way it's really only 60-70wpm. These totals include No Typos. What difference is a high count if it's full of typos?

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.

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