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FAQ - frequently asked questions

If you have a question which is not mentioned here, please contact via email: go4@christianstrang.de

WPM - words per minute

WPM-calculation is based on the following calculation: 5 keystrokes equal 1 WPM, if you don't believe me, check Wikipedia about Words per minute :)

What is a keystroke?

Every key you hit on the keyboard to type a letter is one keystroke. The calculation also considers if you have to type uppercase letters or language specific letters who need 2 keystrokes to be typed (for example "A"). For example "quick" needs 5 keystrokes whereas "America" needs 8 keystrokes.

Why is my score not saved (sometimes)?

If you have a slow computer or doing a lot of things simultaneously on your computer, the 60-second timer might be slowed down. This might result in a situation were you instead of having 60 seconds, you actually have 70 seonds to type. The server detects this as a cheat attempt (even though it might just be a slow computer or something related to this) and doesn't save the score in this case. You can fix this by closing all of your running programs and every tab in your browser.

My scores over 120 WPM are not visible

If you receive a result over 120 WPM you have to unlock it with an anti-cheat-test. Click on the speech bubble at the top of the site to check for notifications.

My results are not visible in the competition

If this happens in every competition you participate in, your account is probably flagged for cheating. To prevent this for future account => don't cheat. If you think you have been unjustly flagged, please send me an email with a link to your profile/account-page.

Translation - How can I help?

If you would like to help translate 10FastFingers into your language, please take a look at the translation page: For translations please take a look at the translation page

Where is my achievement?

After you fullfilled the requirements for the achievement, please give it up to 5 minutes for the achievement to be unlocked.
If it still doesn't show up, please make sure javascript is activated on your profile page and reload the page.

How do you know which language specific characters need more than 1 keystroke?

  • All languages: all uppercase letters (ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ)
  • Catalan: à è ì ò ù
  • Chinese, Japanese and Korean: I currently just quintuple the characters. For example: "明年" will count as 10 keystrokes.
  • Czech:
    • 2 keystrokes: ú ó (´ + letter)
    • 3 keystrokes: ň ť ď (shift + ˇ, letter)
    • 3 keystrokes: Á Í É Ú Ó (´, shift + letter)
    • 4 keystrokes: Ě Š Č Ř Ž Ý Ň Ť Ď (shift + ˇ, shift + letter)
  • Danish: Æ Ø Å (2 keystrokes)
  • Dutch: é (2 keystrokes)
  • French:
    • 2 keystrokes: â ê î ô û (^ + a e i o u)
    • 3 keystrokes: Â Ê Î Ô Û (^ + shift + a e i o u) ä ë ï ü ÿ (shift + ¨ + a e i u y) Ä Ë Ï Ü (shift remaining pressed + ¨ + a e i u)
    • 4 keystrokes: À È Ù (Alt Gr + ` + shift + a e u), Ç = Alt + 128 = 4 keystrokes, É = Alt + 144 = 4 keystrokes
    • Œ = Alt + 0140 = 5 keystrokes œ = Alt + 0156 = 5 keystrokes Ÿ = Alt + 0159 = 5 keystrokes
  • German: Ä Ö Ü
  • Greek: ά ή ί ώ ό ύ έ Γ Δ Θ Π Λ Ξ Σ Φ Ψ Ω (2 keystrokes), ϋ Ϊ Ϋ (3 keystrokes)
  • Icelandic:
    • 2 keystrokes: é,ú,í,ó,á,ý (^ + e u i o a y)
    • 3 keystrokes: É,Ý,Ú,Í,Ó,Á (^ + shift + e y u i a)
  • Italian: é
  • Latvian: ē ū ī ā š ģ ķ ļ ž č ņ (2 keystrokes)
  • Lithuanian: ą č ę ė į š ų ū ž (2 keystrokes)
  • Persian:ژ آ ء ّ َ ُ ِ
  • Polish: ą ć ę ł ń ó ś ź ż
  • Portuguese: ã õ á é í ó ú (2 keystrokes), à â ê î ô û (3 keystrokes)
  • Romanian: ă â î ș ț
  • Spanish: á é í ó ú
  • Turkish: Ö Ü Ç Ş Ğ İ
  • Vietnamese: ă â á à ạ ả ã đ é è ẻ ẽ ẹ ê í ì ỉ ĩ ị ô ơ ó ò ỏ õ ọ ư ú ù ủ ũ ụ ý ỳ ỷ ỹ ỵ (2 keystrokes), ắ ằ ặ ẳ ẵ ấ ầ ậ ẩ ẫ ế ề ể ễ ệ ố ồ ổ ỗ ộ ớ ờ ở ỡ ợ ứ ừ ử ữ ự (3 keystrokes)

If your language is missing specific "2-keystroke"-characters, please let me know: go4@christianstrang.de

My iPad auto-capitalizes the first character of every word

You can deactivate this behaviour, please follow this instruction: How to Make an iPad Stop Typing Initial Caps

What is the average wpm of the population

The average WPM on 10fastfingers is 42 WPM. This number is extracted from over 14 million tests, spread out over 41 languages.

All time Highscore

You may ask: "Why is there no highscore older than 1 day?" There are a few cheaters who use the typing test to satisfy some weird sense of accomplishment by cheating. Even though I try to make it harder for cheaters, its not impossible (and probably not really difficult if you know a little bit about scripts, etc.). If there were an all time highscore, it would just be populated by those individuals and thats why I decided against such a list, sorry!

How is the accuracy calculated?

For the calculation of accuracy (used in the text practice mode) the amount of mistakes made and the number of corrections used is taken into consideration.
Imagine a text requiring exactly 500 keystrokes. There are 4 possible cases:

  • 0 wrong word and 0 correction: 500 correct entries out of 500 = 500/500 * 100 = 100% accuracy.
  • 0 wrong word and corrections: e.g. 500 correct entries and 25 corrections = 500/(500+25) * 100 = 95,23% accuracy.
  • Wrong words and 0 correction: e.g. 10 wrong words worth 450 correct entries out of 500 = 450/500 * 100 = 90% accuracy.
  • Wrong words and corrections: e.g. 10 wrong words worth 450 correct entries out of 500 and 25 corrections = 450/(500+25) = 85,71% accuracy.
Thank you Linsk for coming up with this :)