Learn to Type

If you read this page carefully you will be able to learn to type faster online. The best part is that it's 100% free.

People have different typing speeds based on their experience and their position. Here is an general idea about the average typing speed:

  • Slow Typing: 30 words per minute (wpm) and lower.
  • Moderate Typing: 31 to 54 wpm.
  • Fast Typing: 55 wpm and up.

Words Per Minute (WPM)

Words per minute (WPM) is a measure of typing speed, commonly used in recruitment. For the purposes of WPM measurement a word is standardized to five characters or keystrokes. Therefore, "fifth" counts as one word, but "fifteenth" counts as two.

Learn to Type

Learning to type is very easy, if you follow simple methods such as the touch typing method. Slow typists usually use the "hunt and peck" method (looking for letters individually) or the two-fingered typing method (typing with two fingers). The slowest of both methods is to combine them both (typing with two fingers and looking for each letter individually). These methods are slow because a typist is required to find each key by sight and move their fingers a greater distance due to the use of only two fingers.

In contrast, the Touch Typing method gives far better results. It can efficiently bring an average speed typist up to 60 WPM fairly quickly, and at the same time increase accuracy by great amounts. Upon learning to touch type, comfortable typing speed is expected to be achieved within about a week, and full speed within 3 weeks to a month by regular daily practice.

Improve Typing Speed

Here are some tips to help improve your typing speed. Just follow these simple steps:

  • Ensure correct posture (to avoid hurting your back or wrists).
  • Keep your elbows close to your body
  • Press on the keyboard buttons gently but quickly, exerting only enough force to produce a character (don't bang on the keys)
  • Start typing text without looking at the keyboard.
  • You will be making mistakes but that's how you learn.
  • When you make a mistake go back and correct it (again without looking at the keyboard).
  • Take frequent breaks to relax and improve accuracy.
  • Keep practicing!