Individual and general typing speed

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ZappX
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Re: Individual and general typing speed

Post by ZappX » Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:21 am

Let's say 115 WPM is your highest score in a normal English test. To rate this properly we need a percentile rank with the highest score of all legitimate registered users, but this information is currently unavailable. Even so, I think we can safely assume you're in the 90-99th percentile and somewhere above 95. On a scale of 1-10 it equals 9/10. The problem is that everyone in the 90-99th percentile will get 9/10, including much higher scores. A better option would be to use at least two decimals and a scale of 1-10 000 to calculate this number. As an example, a percentile result of 98.85 equals 9885/10 000.

To figure out where you stand amongst programmers we would have to know the highest score of every programmer on this site. My guess is 115 WPM also ranks high in this category.

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Is 79 WPM good for 12?

Post by JakeySyan » Wed Jul 30, 2014 1:54 am

Hello, I just turned 12 and would like to ask a question. Is 79 WPM good for a 12 year old like mysef? :)

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Re: Is 79 WPM good for 12?

Post by ZappX » Wed Jul 30, 2014 1:00 pm

JakeySyan wrote:Hello, I just turned 12 and would like to ask a question. Is 79 WPM good for a 12 year old like mysef? :)


Based on observations on 10fastfingers and other sources I think the average speed for 12-year-olds is somewhere around 20-30 WPM for the English normal mode. At this age many are beginners and haven't learned touch typing, so there's lots of potential to improve with more practice. If 79 WPM is your highest score, your average is lower, but in any case you are going to rank quite high in your age group. At the same time there are people your age that types much faster, so you have something to reach for. :)

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Any other 12 yr olds that can type as fast as me?

Post by talalalh » Thu Dec 18, 2014 2:39 pm

Hey.
I'm 12 years old, 13 soon, addicted to computers, and had my first computer when I was 3.
computers are love computers are life

Anyone else in the same age group that can type as fast as me?

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Re: Individual and general typing speed

Post by ZappX » Thu Dec 18, 2014 11:30 pm

talalalh

As you already know, your speed is very good on a general level, and even more so for your age. You are probably in the 99th percentile of all registered users on this site, and will obviously have an even better rank in your age group.

With that said and to answer your question; yes there are people your age typing at your current speed and above. The fastest I've seen in the English normal mode is 191 WPM for a 12 year old. Remember that this is exceptionally fast and a speed that most people can only dream of, let alone accomplish at that age. Judging by your advanced tests that are really good, I would say that it's just a matter of time before you reach 150+ WPM in the English normal mode, which is very high no matter how old you are.

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Re: Individual and general typing speed

Post by Stephen Athon » Fri Dec 19, 2014 4:48 pm

Very fast indeed. And accurate too.

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Typing 148 wpm

Post by Jamesprush » Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:20 pm

Just joined the site, honestly not sure if this is a discussion board.. but then again there's only one topic so I figured why not.

Anyway, I'm typing 148 words a minute and I was just wondering if you guys think that's pretty damn high up there? I was doing some research and noticed that the worlds fastest typer on a regular keyboard holds a record for 217 WPM.

Anyway, is 148 wpm abnormal?

Thanks guys, by the way I'm James. If you ever need any help with website development/design, I love working with phpBB.

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Re: Individual and general typing speed

Post by Linsk » Wed Apr 15, 2015 10:37 am

Hi James and welcome here,

Is 148 WPM abnormal? Haha, no, that's really good! :)
So it's far from being bad, but it's not "pretty damn high".

You type between 2 and 3 words per second (WPS), which is great, especially if you started recently. Of course, there are typists who are faster (3 WPS or more) but they are very few compared to the vast majority of people who are able to go up to around 1 to 2 WPS with little or a lot of trainng. The average record in a language is in the 150 WPM.

0,5 to 1,5 WPS = 30 to 90 WPM = bad to average (most people)
2 WPS = 120 WPM = good
2,5 WPS = 150 WPM = very good (you)
3 WPS = 180 WPM = excellent
3,5 WPS = 210 WPM = the best known

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Re: Individual and general typing speed

Post by languidness » Fri Jul 17, 2015 9:21 pm

I have to question how useful these average WPM statistics are. A lot of kids, generally in the 11-13 year old age category from what I've seen, get pretty big heads about their typing speeds. I'm sure everyone is fairly used to seeing all the "hi im 13 and type 80 wpm am i fast??" posts. And in comparison to the supposed 20-30 wpm averages for that age bracket, it's hard to dispute that they are.

But how relevant is that stat, really? Typing speed is largely determined by the availability of access to a computer. In more technologically developed areas, where the upcoming generations have ready and constant access to computers, and use computers for homework each and every day, 80 wpm is...completely standard for kids that age. I graduated from a public high school three or four years ago, and I can attest that within any given classroom, a solid half of the kids could type faster than that. It was completely normal. Sit down in a college lecture hall and watch the students taking notes on a laptop...it's easy to see that the majority of them are easily going 100 wpm+.

I'm not disputing the averages themselves, but I feel like patting kids on the back for typing 50 WPM is a bit misleading, when they come from a generation where there's no longer anything unusual about that speed.

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Re: Individual and general typing speed

Post by DeRoche » Mon Jul 27, 2015 3:23 am

languidness wrote:but I feel like patting kids on the back for typing 50 WPM is a bit misleading, when they come from a generation where there's no longer anything unusual about that speed.


Seconding this. Not that we should discourage kids from trying, but there are kids online who type at comparable speeds to the fastest adults. Paymon Warasta typed the English permanent challenge (a pretty difficult quote) on Typingzone at 203 WPM, putting him at rank 4 worldwide, when he was 11 years old. Shazzy, a 14-year-old, is famous on TypeRacer for being able to type at speeds well over 200 WPM, possibly attaining a faster max speed than Sean Wrona. Typing speed, I think, has much more to do with computer access and amount of time spent on the computer than with age. As a pianist, I can attest that there are kids with incredible finger dexterity who can play the fastest pieces in the repertoire at blinding speeds, equal to the speeds attained by seasoned concert pianists. These kids lack the musicality that makes a good musician, but when it comes to typing there is no emotional nuance required, simply dexterity, and I think this is something that can be mastered at a very young age.

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