Typing Speed

The purpose of acquiring a good typing method is to learn to type quickly and efficiently. Speed is therefore the ultimate goal of the training. The best way to reach this goal is with a good typing method.

What Speed Target Should I Aim For?

Although speed is measured objectively, its evaluation is much more subjective. What is a good target to aim for? It is difficult to say. Even the scientific literature is divided on the question.

The right speed target depends on your age and your end goal. Do you simply want to be more efficient in writing emails, or do you intend to compete in international competitions?

End goal — adult Characters per minute Words per minute
Above-average speed 225 cpm or more 45 wpm or more
Appropriate speed 275 cpm or more 55 wpm or more
Productive speed 325 cpm or more 65 wpm or more
High speed 350 cpm or more 70 wpm or more
Competitive speed 600 cpm or more 120 wpm or more

Did you know? — According to Intersteno, an international federation that regularly organizes international typing contests, the world record for typing speed is held by Czech typist Helena Matoušková. In 2003, she achieved a typing speed of 955 characters per minute. That’s around 191 words per minute, with 99.97% precision!

The Typing Pal Approach

Final Target

Typing Pal suggests setting a final target for the typing speed you want to reach by the end of the training. This target will vary according to your age and the skill level you are aiming for. Check out the table below to help you set an appropriate target.

Beginner (6 to 11 years) Beginner (12 to 16 years) Beginner (17 years and over) Intermediate Expert
15 wpm 30 wpm 45 wpm +10 wpm +20 wpm
75 cpm 150 cpm 225 cpm +50 cpm +100 cpm
80% accuracy 85% accuracy 90% accuracy +5% accuracy +10% accuracy

Intermediate Targets

Once you have set your final target, Typing Pal uses this to calculate intermediate targets for each of the training activities under the Learning tab. These intermediate targets are adjusted to the difficulty coefficient for the text and its relative position in the training plan.

For example, if the final target is set at 65 words per minute, the speed target for the first exercise will be set at 33 words per minute. Achieving this reasonable goal with total accuracy is a prediction of the training program’s ultimate success.

Speed Evaluation

The typing speed recorded during exercises or tests at the end of each step under the Learning tab is useful for formative evaluation. For example, this data allows you to compare student scores during the course of their training.

For a summative evaluation, we recommend that you refer instead to the final tests under the Learning tab, or to the texts under the Progress tab, since the texts used in these activities more closely reflect a real-life context. Filter the statistics by selecting this activity type. This will show more accurate results in terms of the performance level achieved.

Finally, to evaluate progress, we recommend that you compare the initial test result with the final test result. Since the two tests are exactly the same, you will get a clear indication of progress.