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Need to get your typing speed up so you can land that job or take better notes in school? With online sites that provide free typing tests, you can improve speed and accuracy by just practicing a little bit each day.

Why Improve Your Typing Speed?

If you want to get ahead in the workforce, typing is one skill that employers still need. Soft skills are what employers call baseline skills like typing and being able to use office programs efficiently. With so many people focused on specific hard skills, like coding or script, a soft skill like typing has fallen to the side. While technical skills may be a major factor that employers look at in an interview many industries, such as health care and law, have a shortage of people with baseline skills. The need for highly skilled typists is still there in fields like transcription, medical records and customer service. That’s why it’s important to improve typing speed and accuracy, especially if you want to enter one of these fields.

Typing speed and skill can help you when taking college classes or typing up notes in a business meeting. By taking a typing speed test online, you can measure not only your speed but also your accuracy. If your accuracy is good, but speed is low, learning how to abbreviate commonly used words can help increase speed. If your speed is high, but accuracy is low, slowing down and practicing finger placement can help improve accuracy. Don’t worry. Once your accuracy improves, speed will follow.

Practice Touch Typing Accuracy

Practice accuracy by taking a typing speed test for free online. Let an online test calculate not only your touch typing speed but also the number of errors made. This will help you evaluate which areas you struggle in when typing. Do you seem to struggle with proper finger placement? Are you only missing certain letters when you type? Does your speed decrease when you’re stressed or tired? As you begin to recognize your weaknesses, you can practice finger placement and proper finger strokes to improve your accuracy.

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Speed often follows accuracy and is a skill that is easy to practice with tests for speed typing online. Practice is important when trying to improve typing speed. Quiz yourself daily using a typing speed test online or take some free online typing courses that focus on improving speed. The more practice you have, the better you’ll become at making corrections when you type too.

There are dozens of free typing tests that don’t require registration or any form of sign up. You can combine different lessons to maximize your practice time. Consider playing some online typing games. All the bright colors and cute graphics may seem aimed at young kids, but you’ll have fun playing these as opposed to just typing the same three letters over and over on a spreadsheet. A game may be the answer for perfecting accuracy or increasing speed.

How to Improve Your Online Typing Test Score

If you’ve been practicing and still can’t seem to get your speed or accuracy score higher, consider some of these tips.

  • Sit comfortably so that your hands and wrists aren’t straining.
  • Practice more than you think you need to so your fingers get used to the placement and movements.
  • Don’t glance at the keys. Keep practicing using finger placement only.
  • Work on speed only after perfecting placement.

Investigate a Dvorak Simplified Keyboard

A Dvorak simplified keyboard looks a bit funny when compared to today’s QWERTY keyboard. However, those who transition from what most of us use find it to be a much faster and easier keyboard. Placement of commonly used consonants are on the right side, and all vowels are on the left. If you have a choice in the type of keyboard that you can use, consider the transition from QWERTY to Dvorak, and you may notice your speed and accuracy increase.


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Improve Your Typing Speed with the Help of Online Typing Practice

Typing is an essential skill for anyone who works with computers. Whether you’re a student, a professional, or someone who just wants to be more efficient when using their computer, improving your typing speed can be beneficial. Fortunately, there are plenty of online typing practice tools available to help you improve your typing speed quickly and easily. Here are some tips on how to use online typing practice to improve your typing speed.

Understand Your Current Typing Speed

The first step in improving your typing speed is understanding where you currently stand. There are plenty of free online tests available that can help you measure your current typing speed and accuracy. Once you have an idea of where you stand, you can use online typing practice tools to focus on the areas that need improvement.

Choose the Right Practice Tool

Once you know what areas need improvement, it’s time to find the right online practice tool for you. There are many different types of practice tools available, from basic drills to more advanced programs that give feedback and track your progress over time. It’s important to find a tool that fits your needs and will help you reach your goals quickly and efficiently.

Set Goals and Track Your Progress

The last step in using online typing practice to improve your speed is setting goals and tracking your progress over time. Set realistic goals for yourself and track how much progress you make each day or week. This will help keep you motivated and allow you to see just how much progress you’ve made over time.

Improving your typing speed doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With the right online practice tools, it can be easy and even fun. By understanding your current level, choosing the right practice tool, and setting goals and tracking progress, you can quickly improve your typing speed with the help of online typing practice.

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Classical Literature Typing Test

Learn something new as you improve your typing with this english literature typing test. Practice typing excerpts from your favorite classics! Over 70 passages from the best loved books available.

If you don't like a test prompt, you can get a different (random) prompt with the "change test" button - or select a passage from specific book to type from the list below. To find out how fast you type, just start typing in the blank textbox on the right of the test prompt. You will see your progress, including errors on the left side as you type. In order to complete the test and save your score, you need to get 100% accuracy. You can fix errors as you go, or correct them at the end with the help of the spell checker.

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This feedback graph will follow you from page to page for your typing session. You can see more details by mousing over the graph. The session is reset when the tab on your browser is closed.

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Test begins when you start typing..., check your wpm typing speed here.

To find out how fast you type, just start typing in the blank textbox on the right of the test prompt. You will see your progress, including errors on the left side as you type.

You can fix errors as you go, or correct them at the end with the help of the spell checker. If you need to restart the test, delete the text in the text box. Interactive feedback shows you your current wpm and accuracy.

In order to complete the test and share your results, you need to get 100% accuracy. You can review your progress for this session with the feedback chart. Just hover over a dot to see what your average speed and accruacy are for that key.

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Click on a topic to use it as your test prompt. Selections are ranked according to difficulty from '*' (easiest typing tests) to '*****' (most challenging typing tests). For more details, check the difficulty key at the bottom of the page.

Short typing tests for beginners: (1 - 3 minute typing test at < 30 wpm)

  • 'The War of the Worlds' by H. G. Wells (44 words) **
  • 'Ulysses' by James Joyce (60.2 words) ***
  • 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' by Washington Irving (60.2 words) ***
  • 'The Raven' by Edgar Allan Poe (73 words) ***
  • 'The Canterbury Tales' by Geoffrey Chaucer (74.6 words) **
  • 'The Importance of Being Earnest', by Oscar Wilde (77.2 words) ***
  • 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' by Oscar Wilde (81.6 words) ***
  • 'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen (82.8 words) **
  • 'Notes from the Underground' by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (88.4 words) *
  • 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens (89.2 words) **

Intermediate typing tests: (3-6 minutes at 40 wpm)

  • 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' by Beatrix Potter (94 words) **
  • 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare (105.4 words) **
  • 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (109 words) **
  • 'Madame Bovary' by Gustave Flaubert (119 words) **
  • 'The Odyssey' by Homer (126 words) **
  • 'A Tale of Two Cities' by Charles Dickens (131.4 words) *
  • 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte (131.4 words) ***
  • 'Emma' by Jane Austen (134.8 words) **
  • 'Treasure Island' by Robert Louis Stevenson (135.8 words) *
  • 'The Brothers Karamazov' by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (135.4 words) ***
  • 'The Prince' by Nicolo Machiavelli (137.4 words) **
  • 'Don Juan' by Lord Byron (138 words) ***
  • 'Le Morte D'Arthur' by Thomas Malory (140 words) *
  • 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Bronte (140.2 words) ***
  • 'A Princess of Mars' by Edgar Rice Burroughs (143 words) *
  • 'The Jungle Book' by Rudyard Kipling (145 words) **
  • 'The Secret Garden' by Frances Hodgson Burnett (151 words) **
  • 'War and Peace' by Leo Tolstoy (153 words) ***
  • 'Ethan Frome' by Edith Wharton (163.6 words) **
  • 'Around the World in 80 Days' by Jules Verne (169.4 words) **
  • 'Vanity Fair' by William Makepeace Thackeray (173.2 words) ***
  • 'Don Quixote' by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (178.6 words) **
  • 'The Call of the Wild' by Jack London (178.6 words) ***
  • 'Dubliners' by James Joyce (183.8 words) *
  • 'The Three Musketeers' by Alexandre Dumas (187.4 words) ***
  • 'The Turn of the Screw' by Henry James (193 words) **
  • 'The Jungle' by Upton Sinclair (197.6 words) **
  • 'A Tale of Two Cities' by Charles Dickens (197.8 words) *
  • 'Les Miserables' by Victor Hugo (198.6 words) **

Hard typing tests for advanced typists: (over 4 minutes at 60+ wpm)

  • 'A Modest Proposal' by Jonathan Swift (203.4 words) **
  • 'Frankenstein' by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (202.6 words) **
  • 'Middlemarch' by George Eliot (203.8 words) ***
  • 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' by L. Frank Baum (204.2 words) *
  • 'The Last of the Mohicans' by James Fenimore Cooper (208.8 words) ***
  • 'Peter Pan' by James M. Barrie (214.4 words) **
  • 'The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde' by Robert Louis Stevenson) (218.2 words) **
  • 'Gulliver's Travels' by Jonathan Swift (225.4 words) *
  • 'Moby Dick' by Herman Melville (229.2 words) **
  • 'The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe' by Daniel Defoe (231.4 words) *
  • 'Candide' by Voltaire (234.8 words) ***
  • 'A Room With A View' by E. M. Forster (234.6 words) **
  • 'Dracula' by Bram Stoker (237.6 words) **
  • 'Anna Karenina' by Leo Tolstoy (239.2 words) **
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  • 'The Dunwich Horror' by H. P. Lovecraft (243.4 words) **
  • 'Sense and Sensibility' by Jane Austen (243.4 words) **
  • 'This Side of Paradise' by F. Scott Fitzgerald (243.4 words) ***
  • 'Memoirs Of Fanny Hill' by John Cleland (251.4 words) **
  • 'Heart of Darkness' by Joseph Conrad (255.8 words) **
  • 'The Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame (261 words) **
  • 'Anne of Green Gables' by Lucy Maud Montgomery (273 words) **
  • 'The Scarlet Letter' by Nathaniel Hawthorne (292 words) ***
  • 'The Time Machine' by H. G. Wells (294.4 words) **
  • 'Adventures of Tom Sawyer' by Mark Twain (294.8 words) **
  • 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles' by Thomas Hardy (295 words) ***
  • 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' by Mark Twain (299.2 words) *
  • 'The Count of Monte Cristo' by Alexandre Dumas (299.2 words) ***
  • 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll (299.2 words) **
  • 'Little Women' by Louisa May Alcott (309.6 words) **
  • 'Leviathan' by Thomas Hobbes (312.6 words) **
  • 'Metamorphosis' by Franz Kafka (341.2 words) **
  • 'Ivanhoe' by Sir Walter Scott (348.6 words) **
  • 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens (355.4 words) **

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Make the most of your typing practice! The fastest typists recommend these tips to improve your typing speed and accuracy:

1. Learn to touch type.

Touch typing is a typing technique in which you always use the same finger to type each key, without looking at the keyboard. It takes some practice to learn, but training these consistent finger motions will enable you to type much faster than you could otherwise. The typing lessons will teach you to touch type using the standard QWERTY typing technique. The lessons consist of basic typing and finger training exercises to guide you through the skills for typing each key.

Once you have learned the technique you can practice your typing here on this page to boost your speed and accuracy. Your fingers will learn to strike the correct keys automatically and you won’t need to stop to find them on the keyboard. Your mind will be free to think about what you are typing instead of where the keys are. With routine typing practice, you will thoroughly master the skill and become more productive at everything you do at the keyboard!

2. Minimize your hand movements and physical effort.

Practice keeping your fingers positioned on the home row, curved slightly down so that you can easily extend them to type the keys on the rows above and below with minimal movement. Let the palms of your hands float just above the keyboard and rest your thumbs on the space bar. Strike the keys with a quick and light touch.

It is also a good practice to maintain a relaxed and comfortable posture to minimize muscle strain and fatigue. Raise the height of your seat, or stand if necessary so that your arms and hands are resting comfortably down at the keyboard and your eyes are glancing down at your screen. Adjust your screen so that you can clearly see what you are typing without straining your eyes and neck. As you practice typing, remember that you will carry the habits you develop now with you into the future, whenever you type on a keyboard.

3. Practice typing for accuracy, not speed.

If you are making mistakes, slow down. You will not get faster by making lots of typos because it will take more time to go back and fix them all. Furthermore, practicing poor technique will impede your progress by reinforcing your mistakes and bad habits. Typing practice is an exercise, not a race. Type precisely at a rate that you are comfortable with. Your speed will naturally increase as your typing skills

4. Visualize as you type.

You will find this tip most useful once you have confidently learned the positions of all the keys and are practicing to increase your typing speed. Think about the words just ahead of where you are typing and imagine your fingers moving across the keyboard to type them. Your typing will really begin to flow when you can achieve this.

If you are just learning the keys and not quite ready for this, you can employ the power of visualization in your practice by imagining each letter on the keyboard and your finger moving to it before you type it.

5. Maintain your focus on typing.

Don’t practice in a noisy environment. Eliminate distractions. You are more likely to make mistakes if you are distracted, and you do not want to practice making mistakes that would be counterproductive to your goals. If you find your concentration drifting, try to regain focus or consider taking a break and coming back to your typing practice at a better time.

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