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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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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 (44.0 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 (73.0 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) **
    • 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' by Beatrix Potter (94.0 words) **
  • Average typing tests: (3-6 minutes at 40 wpm)

    • 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare (105.4 words) **
    • 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (110.6 words) ***
    • 'Madame Bovary' by Gustave Flaubert (119.0 words) **
    • 'The Odyssey' by Homer (126.0 words) **
    • 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte (131.4 words) ***
    • 'A Tale of Two Cities' by Charles Dickens (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 (136.2 words) ***
    • 'The Prince' by Nicolo Machiavelli (137.4 words) **
    • 'Don Juan' by Lord Byron (138.0 words) ***
    • 'Le Morte D'Arthur' by Thomas Malory (140.0 words) *
    • 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Bronte (140.2 words) ***
    • 'A Princess of Mars' by Edgar Rice Burroughs (143.0 words) *
    • 'The Jungle Book' by Rudyard Kipling (145.0 words) **
    • 'The Secret Garden' by Frances Hodgson Burnett (151.0 words) **
    • 'War and Peace' by Leo Tolstoy (154.6 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 (184.6 words) *
    • 'The Three Musketeers' by Alexandre Dumas (189.8 words) ***
    • 'The Turn of the Screw' by Henry James (196.6 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) **
    • 'A Modest Proposal' by Jonathan Swift (203.4 words) **
    • 'Frankenstein' by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (203.6 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 (237.4 words) ***
    • 'Dracula' by Bram Stoker (238.8 words) **
    • 'Anna Karenina' by Leo Tolstoy (239.6 words) **
  • Difficult typing tests for advanced typists: (4 - 5 minute typing test at 60+ wpm)

    • 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (242.0 words) **
    • 'Sense and Sensibility' by Jane Austen (243.4 words) **
    • 'This Side of Paradise' by F. Scott Fitzgerald (243.4 words) ***
    • 'The Dunwich Horror' by H. P. Lovecraft (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 (262.6 words) ***
    • 'Anne of Green Gables' by Lucy Maud Montgomery (275.4 words) ***
    • 'The Scarlet Letter' by Nathaniel Hawthorne (292.0 words) ***
    • 'The Time Machine' by H. G. Wells (294.6 words) **
    • 'Adventures of Tom Sawyer' by Mark Twain (294.8 words) **
    • 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles' by Thomas Hardy (295.0 words) ***
    • 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' by Mark Twain (299.2 words) *
    • 'The Count of Monte Cristo' by Alexandre Dumas (299.6 words) ***
    • 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll (300.4 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) **

If you have a favorite book that is not included in the list above, please feel free to contact us with your suggestion for a new literature typing test.

Typing Test Difficulty Levels

Our typing tests are ranked on level of difficulty. The algorithm to calculate difficulty depends on the average word length and how many special characters like capitals, numbers and symbols are included in the text. Most standard pre-employment typing tests will be in the normal range. You should expect to get higher wpm scores on easier tests and lower wpm scores on the more difficult tests.

  • * Very Easy Typing Test
  • ** Easy Typing Test
  • *** Normal Typing Test
  • **** Difficult Typing Test
  • ***** Very Difficult Typing Test

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