Fast, accurate typing is an essential skill for many jobs. The practice tests on this website were designed to help adult job-seekers develop their typing skills.
After the page loads completely, type the text you see in the box. Scoring starts when you start typing. Untyped text will appear greyed out and turn black as you type it. Errors are shown in red. When you complete the text, you will see a final score along with your weak keys and links to drills to improve those keys. Many of our tests have a trailing space at the end of the test, which may make it appear as if you have finished with no errors, but not give you a final score. If you don't see your errors displayed, then please let us know so we can fix the page!
Most typing courses recommend focusing on your accuracy over speed. Because of this, we chose to require 100% accuracy to complete a test. Speed will come with practice. You can use the backspace key to correct as you go, or correct your errors after you finish just like you would on the job. It is intended to give you a more accurate idea of how fast you type in a work setting where errors must be corrected.
Occasionally, you may get a symbol that is not present on your keyboard. This happens frequently on the typing exercises for languages other than English. It is assumed that those practicing these languages have a keyboard with those characters, or are familiar with how to type the special characters of that language. The only way to type a key not present in your keyboard layout is using the numeric pad with the ALT key + the code for that character.
Once in a while a special character will be overlooked in the text for typing exercises (such as the hyphen or quotes which are often 'autocorrected by word processing software). If you run into one of these characters while taking one of our tying tests, please let us know by sending an email with a copy of the passage you are typing and the exercise you found it on to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can fix the text.
In the meantime, if you encounter one of these characters you can either copy and paste (one or two characters at a time) or refresh the page to get a different test to type.
Sometimes our tests break. This is usually caused by the high score data becoming corrupted. If you encounter a test that does not load, please drop us a line at email@example.com so we can reset the test scores and get the test back up as soon as possible.