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How fast can you type?

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What's happened to me? he thought. It wasn't a dream. His room, a proper human room although a little too small, lay peacefully between its four familiar walls. A collection of textile samples lay spread out on the table - Samsa was a travelling salesman - and above it there hung a picture that he had recently cut out of an illustrated magazine and housed in a nice, gilded frame. It showed a lady fitted out with a fur hat and fur boa who sat upright, raising a heavy fur muff that covered the whole of her lower arm towards the viewer. We have to try and get rid of it, said Gregor's sister, now speaking only to her father, as her mother was too occupied with coughing to listen, it'll be the death of both of you, I can see it coming. We can't all work as hard as we have to and then come home to be tortured like this, we can't endure it. I can't endure it any more. And she broke out so heavily in tears that they flowed down the face of her mother, and she wiped them away with mechanical hand movements. Then the door of the bedroom opened and Mr. Samsa appeared in his uniform with his wife on one arm and his daughter on the other. All of them had been crying a little; Grete now and then pressed her face against her father's arm. So why did his sister not go and join the others? She had probably only just got up and had not even begun to get dressed. And why was she crying? Was it because he had not got up, and had not let the chief clerk in, because he was in danger of losing his job and if that happened his boss would once more pursue their parents with the same demands as before? There was no need to worry about things like that yet. Gregor was still there and had not the slightest intention of abandoning his family. For the time being he just lay there on the carpet, and no-one who knew the condition he was in would seriously have expected him to let the chief clerk in. It was only a minor discourtesy, and a suitable excuse could easily be found for it later on, it was not something for which Gregor could be sacked on the spot. And it seemed to Gregor much more sensible to leave him now in peace instead of disturbing him with talking at him and crying. But the others didn't know what was happening, they were worried, that would excuse their behaviour.

As the world continues to move more and more towards a digital future, key skills such as typing are becoming more and more important in a modern society.

When looking at hiring new members of staff, candidates are commonly asked about their typing skills. Key figures employers focus on include WPM (Words Per Minute) and the candidates overall typing accuracy.

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Common typing speed questions

What is the average professional typing speed?

The average professional typist will average between 50-80 WPM (Words Per Minute) using a conventional QWERTY keyboard. You should aim to be within this range target if you're working in a role where typing is a daily requirement.

What is the average amateur typing speed?

The average amateur or casual typist achieves around 41 WPM (Words Per Minute) using a conventional QWERTY keyboard.

What's the fastest recorded typing speed?

The fastest recorded typist was Stella Pujanas back in 1946 who achieved a staggering 216 WPM (Words Per Minute) using an IBM Electric Typewriter. Can you rival Stella?!

What's the average typing accuracy?

The average user will make around 8 typos per 100 words typed - this equates to an average typing accuracy of 92%. How do you compare?

Who should learn to touch type?

Everyone should learn to type and hone their skills to as typing is a key life skill these days. Average typing speed is one of the key skills you should have listed on your CV if you're looking for any career that'll involve you working with computers. Spend some time practising on our typing speed calculator above and see what the best score you can get is.