Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Touch Typing


In this day and age, where everyone's using the Internet, keyboard skills are absolutely indispensable for anyone who spends a lot of time in front of their computer.

I learned to touch-type using the old "Sight And Sound" method (almost a kind of auto-hypnosis, really) while operating Telex machines in the South African armed forces. We received a thorough training that got us up to about thirty words per minute before we were considered qualified. This ability, to type without looking at the keys at all, has stood me in very good stead over the years, and my speed has grown with practice.

I'm delighted to discover (hat-tip to Morning Glory) that a "Sight And Sound" type of training is now online and free of charge! You'll find it at 10-Fast-Fingers. I've had a quick look through the lessons, and it seems to me to be almost identical to the training I received (with the exception that we had earphones giving us the cadence and pace, and the computer version is more self-paced).

If you've never learned to touch-type without looking at the keys, may I suggest that it'll be a worthwhile investment of time to go there and complete the course?

As for typing speed, the site has a very good speed test. My results:


83 words

Touch Typing




As you see, the test gives you HTML code to display on your blog. I find the speed given to be a bit slow, but that's probably caused by page refresh delays in between screens. My normal typing speed has been measured at 90-100 words per minute, and allowing for a 10% delay for page refreshing, the test figure is probably close enough. Without that delay it'd be in the low 90's.

Here's a challenge to all bloggers reading this. What's your typing speed? Post a comment here to let us know, and post the results on your blog to spread the word about this online training. Readers of this blog, please test yourselves and post a comment too.

I highly recommend this training. You can't beat the price, and it's something we all can use.

Peter

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm with you my friend.

lee n. field said...

51 WPM. Much better then I did back in the day (1969), when I learned on manual typewriters. Chunk chunk chunk. You developed _strength_ with those things.

Anonymous said...

62 wpm with no formal training, but thanks for the link. I need improvement!

Evil Transport Lady said...

Thanks for this........I'm willing to give it a try. I have problems with my fingers, but damm I like to be on my comp in the dark. Not an easy thing to do when you look at the keys!

Anonymous said...

80 wpm and only 2 errors. My old typing teacher would be so proud.

Redneck said...

http://www.keybr.com/ is better for me.

Anonymous said...

58 wpm, 2 errors, no formal training. Not a blogger...

Although my current keyboard is a bit too small to type perfectly on, it leads to typoes I have to correct. I had some typoes I corrected before the test gave me an error on them too.

Alison said...

64 wpm! I need to practice! Years ago I was up to 90 wpm. No excuse for this! Thanks for the link... I'll be over there for awhile...

BryanP said...

81 wpm with one error. Not bad. I learned how to touch type on an IBM Selectric in high school. Computers weren't nearly as omnipresent back then, but I knew I wanted to go into that field and figured learning to touch type certainly couldn't hurt.

Mark said...

34 WPM according to my test.... :)