Average speed of 100-110 wpm. What can I do to improve.

By lubokkanev - updated: 5 months, 1 week ago - 11 messages

I've been trying to improve my typing speed for a couple of years now (did thousands of tests) and it's all been going great so far, but I've came to a point about 100-110 wpm speed, where I don't feel like I'm improving. At least not fast enough.

My average accuracy is about 96%, but I'm trying to get it higher, by going slower. I'm using QWERTY. I also know Dvorak, but after about half a year on it, I got around 90 wpm and I decided to quit it.

Fast typing is a hobby of mine. I don't feel the need to be faster than I'm now, I just like challenging myself that way.
By anisometropie - posted: 3 years, 9 months ago

I reached an average of 70-80 wpm on the bépo layout, the french equivalent of dvorak, I completely forget about the azerty (why did you give up the dvorak ?)
When my concentration is really good I can reach 100-110, but as soon as I start making mistakes, I start stressing, and start making more and more mistakes.

I think the idea the keep improving is to explore different directions and scales.

I try to start slowly a test (and slow down even more on words I feel I’m not really familiar with) and try to focus my vision on the words and the spelling, and eventually the speed goes up without having to give much more efforts, I reach a really relaxed and really focused mode. it’s in this mode I have my best result. sometimes I do an entire sentence at around 110.
The precision should ALWAYS be the main objective, because every time you do a mistake you lose an awful amount of time to correct it (sometimes I lose 20wpm just because of one mistake)

Try to work on your basics, try to do test only thinking about the letters on the keyboard (creating a link between a finger, the sensation you feel at the tip of your finger, and the letter this finger is pressing)

When you do a mistake on a word, try to work on this individual word very slowly, letter by letter, so the sequence get really clear in your mind. (sequence of letter, and sequence of finger and sequence of moving your finger, you can think of it different ways)
By lubokkanev - posted: 3 years, 9 months ago

Thanks for the advice! I like the idea to work on the individual words that I often make mistakes on. I'll try that.

I liked Dvorak, it was easier on my wrists. I gave it up mostly because I use different computers a lot, and it's hard to put the different layout on each one. When I used only Dvorak, I totally forgot the QWERTY so it's was a pain. Also I expected a little more speed, although I didn't put near as much time as on QWERTY, maybe I was too optimistic.

Do you use any other sites for type testing? What do you think about TypeRacer?
By daamshadow - posted: 3 years, 9 months ago

I love TypeRacer, I'm premium on it .
I like the advice too.
By daamshadow - posted: 3 years, 9 months ago

But i'm just at 50 WPM , and I'm trying to be better, days and days , training.
By toddhicks209 - posted: 3 years, 9 months ago

Typing Test and Learn 2 Type are my favorite typing test sites. Unlike the tests provided here, you will be able to go at your leisure on tests and work on anything you want without being under pressure to excel and not have a bad score drag down your average score only to have it posted on your account for the public to see. I know I'm better than what my results say.
By kaikaikaikaikai - posted: 3 years, 9 months ago

I myself am stuck in that speed range. I don't really care to improve further right now, but what I guess would be necessary is to re-learn keysequences with more efficient finger usage than the usual touch typing. Using different fingers than the 'official' ones for certain words would make it possible to get rid of row transitions of the same finger (like 'ki' as in 'kill'), or where the pointer has to move horizontally (like 'tr' as in 'trench'). It would also help alleviate moments where excessive hand movement might slow you down. I guess this would take a lot of effort, though.

Other than that, I guess not using the shift key for capital letters but pressing the capslock key before and after would also help with speed and accuracy. I tried it but can't really get used to it.
By toddhicks209 - posted: 3 years, 9 months ago

If you start using the caps lock key to capitalize words and stick to it, you'll be glad you did. By the way, what particular key sequences do some of you have trouble with?
By user471270 - posted: 5 months, 2 weeks ago

My average typing speed is around 100-110 WPM while using QWERTY. I have always typed like this and my average accuracy goes from 96-100%
By maxlucetyping - posted: 5 months, 2 weeks ago

to improve I wold suggest to stop flexing and instead to just like type good I guess like what do you mean dude just like move your fingers faster than you do right now its not that hard.
By user73020 - posted: 5 months, 1 week ago

we have 5 mins test at work and I can't seem to past the 50 WPM test what can I do, I could pass on the practice test but never on the real test.
By chronocasio - posted: 5 months, 1 week ago

There are some words and letter patterns that lead themselves to faster typing. I don't know if there's a term for it, but I call it rolling. Basically, hitting the keys in a way that they are almost pressed at the same time.

A very simple example is the "ds" in "words". The two letters can be typed at almost the same time.

Of course, this doesn't lend itself to double letters and only creates short bursts of speed, but I think it will help a little bit.