The typing games on 10FastFingers.com offer you an easy way to improve your typing speed. A quick way to test your typing speed is our 1-minute typing game on this page. The words that are used in this game are the most common words for each language. By playing the game you automatically improve your overall typing speed as you practice the words that you use all the time while chatting with your friends or writing a paper for school.
And here is how it works: Just type as many words as you can in one minute. After the test ends you will receive your result as a WPM-value, which means words per minute (the amount of words you can type per minute). You can share your score with your friends via Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus or include your score in a forum. Your friends can then challenge you and try to beat your score. If you are interested in competing against others, try out our Typing Competitions.
WPM means "Words per minute" and is based on this calculation: 5 keystrokes equal 1 WPM. This article on Wikipedia goes into more details.
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.
Its hard to calculate the average typing speed as this highly depends on the language and on the word-difficulty. For the normal version of the english typing test we have calculated an average of 41 WPM, this value is based on over 73 million typing results. Considering that these words are relatively easy to type, the avg WPM is probably around 20-25 WPM for normal text with punctutations etc.