The Practice Test

TYPING PRACTICE ~ DATA ENTRY ~ TYPING LESSONS

Typing Exercises

The Practice Test provides several ways to improve your typing skills. If you are just learning to type, or if you have specific challenges typing certain keys, then you might like to learn to type with our typing lessons.

If you are already a proficient touch typist then you may prefer to spend your time with our typing drills. Practicing commonly used words is especially good for improving your typing speed while practicing misspelled words is good for improving your typing accuracy. We also have some excellent alphanumeric drills to practice typing numbers on the keyboard. (There are also some 10-key drills in our data entry section.)

Finally, we have a large variety of typing practice with texts from a number of areas of interest. Typing is a physical skill, and the only way to improve is to practice regularly. We hope the variety of texts will help keep your typing practice interesting. If you are preparing for a specific career field like medicine or technology then you may also find those subjects useful in learning vocabulary and gaining muscle memory for the jargon particular to the kind of job you have, or hope to get.

Typing Lessons

If you are unfamiliar with touch typing (typing without looking at your fingers) then you may want to begin with our keyboarding lessons. These lessons will help you learn the keyboard quickly so that you can get the maximum benefit from the rest of our practice tests.

Learn the Keyboard

image of keyboard

Our typing lessons are designed to increase your typing ability as quickly as possible. Each lesson focuses on two keys, with both upper and lower case letters in the same lesson. We start with the most common keys in order to make your typing drills as interesting and relevant as possible, right from the beginning. If you struggle finding less common keys, numbers, or symbols on the keyboard you may find the related lessons are especially helpful for improving your overall typing speed and accuracy.

Typing Drills

Typing drills are a great way to warm up for the day. These short tests consist of a list of words (or sentences) that will help get your mind and fingers ready to tackle longer typing tasks, whether that is a day at work, a typing test you are preparing for, or just the rest of your daily typing practice.

Number Drills

These alphanumeric sentences are designed to help your speed and accuracy when you type numbers using the keyboard. (See our data entry practice for 10-key drills.)

Pangram Drills

These challenging typing exercises are based on sentences with all 26 letters of the alphabet in each. This is a good typing test to discover your weak keys. At the end of the test you will get links to typing drills to improve your weakest keys.

Commonly Used Words

Typing for just a few minutes a day can help you maintain and improve your skills better than spending hours a day trying to "cram" for a typing test. Keyboarding practice with common words is good for increasing your overall typing speed. These drills are a good way to warm up for the rest of your typing practice by setting a healthy speed and rhythm for the rest of your keyboarding practice.

Misspelled Words

These number drills are scored in WPM (words per minute) and consist of number heavy sentences. These alphanumeric sentences are designed to help your speed and accuracy when you type numbers using the keyboard. (This test may have the added side-effect of improving your spelling.)

Straight Text Typing

These practice typing tests contain longer passages and are usually presented in a full-paragraph of related text. This will give you a chance to practice the type of typing that you are most likely to encounter in your daily life.

Most pre-employment typing test are given in this format and last for approximately 5 minutes. If you are anxious about an upcoming typing test, try to practice for at least 10 minutes a day to build up your stamina so that you can easily maintain your maximum speed and accuracy for the entire test.

To get the best scores, try to relax and focus on your accuracy. All of our drills require 100% accuracy before they give you a score. You can correct your mistakes as you go by using the backspace key, or wait until the end and use the spell checker features.

Business Topics

Practice typing with these easy to moderate text excerpts from classic business books to help prepare yourself for interviews and networking discussions to get ahead in your business career.

Medical Topics

Learn medical terminology and practice your keyboarding skills at the same time. These challenging excerpts can help you improve your typing accuracy at the same time they introduce various aspects of medical professions.

Technical Topics

Another set of challenging text to help improve your accuracy while learning about computers and technology at the same time. Ideal for those looking at jobs in technical support call centers or computer science and programming fields.

Literature

Enjoy your typing practice by typing passages from classical literature like Moby Dick, Pride and Prejudice, or Count Dracula. These moderately challenging excerpts will help you improve both speed and accuracy while typing longer passages.

Inspirational Quotes

Practicing your typing skills just a few minutes a day can help you maintain and improve your skills. Get your daily dose of inspiration and typing practice at the same time. These short quotes are ideal for improving your speed.

Bible Verses

Get your daily dose of inspiration and typing practice at the same time. These Bible verses are ideal for improving your speed with an added touch of number practice.