New Typing Test Online

Feb 2, 2015 | | 3 comments

I’m very excited to have finished making a typing test for and it is up and running now! A couple of features I like about it is that you can set a time of 1, 3, or 5 minutes. Normally every Friday I have my students take a typing test in the class and then they record and chart their progress in MS Excel. The test we have been using was three paragraphs long on another website, and it sometimes took my students over 45 minutes to complete…. If possible I’d like to add user logging to the site and have the ability for teachers to create groups and export results, but my coding skills need to improve greatly before I can implement these features.

Another feature I like about this test is that the correct letters need to be typed before continuing. Technically, the textbox below the paragraph isn’t needed, but with other tests online students keep pressing the wrong key and they can’t figure out why the test will not proceed. By showing the text below students should be able to see if they are pressing the wrong key, have caps lock on, or possibly something else that may be wrong.

Being able to choose between easy, medium, and advanced texts can also be useful for beginner typers who haven’t learned the shift keys or number and symbols yet. Eventually I’d like to add a database of texts to choose from, but for now only a few are available.

A few things I’d like to add are:
Individual logging
Individual score graphing and comparisons
A few features to help eliminate cheaters / typing bots
Possibly change NWPM calculations (there are several ways different tests can do this)

If you have any ideas or suggestions please let me know and if I can make anything better I will try my best!

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3 Responses

  1. The faster you can type, the faster you can complete all of these tasks—and the more productive you can be. Typing remains a fundamental skill, and it is still one of the most important computer skills you can learn. Learning to type fast and accurately will help you in many ways in life, and it should be considered an essential skill for anyone who sees themselves working with a computer in some capacity.

  2. I really like that you have the leveled tests on here. I find that the students don’t feel like they make any progress when they are constantly stuck on a capital letter or a number. I also really like how you have the students monitor their own progress, I think this will really motivate my students and I plan to implement that this fall. The main question that I am hoping you can help me with is how to deal with students who get stuck on the timed test. For example, if they are true beginners and haven’t learned the upper or lower rows, and the keys are painted black as you suggest, how do they move forward in a typing test when say an “e” comes up. They have no idea where the “e” is located, can’t see it on the keyboard, and the test won’t allow them to move forward until they find it, what do they do? Thank you for your help on this!

    1. Thanks for your comment and using the website. In regards to true beginners on the typing tests, what I have been trying to do is manage their expectations. I try to emphasize that 0.2 nwpm in their first few tests is perfectly acceptable and not to worry about their speed early on (some kids randomly guess keys while others will sit and think) I know it might seem like a waste of time, but with the test being as short as a minute and only doing it once a week I find that by the third test my students really begin to improve a lot and they take pride in watching their run charts moving up most weeks. I’m working mostly with sixth graders who for the most part have zero typing experience, so your circumstagnces may be different though. This may not be the answer you’re looking for or a perfect solution, it’s just been my experience over the past few years and overall I think I’m happy with the outcome. Best of luck with your students.

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