Quick Fall in WPM

By thegoldengod128 - updated: 3 weeks, 5 days ago - 2 messages

Sometimes it seems when I make a mistake, and have to backspace, and I then continue typing again, my WPM drops drastically. Like say, I'm going at a steady 100WPM, I make a two letter mistake, have to hit the backspace two times, my WPM drops to like 85WPM. And if I make another mistake after, it drops further. Sometimes it doesn't seem to do it that drastically.

What's the deal? I don't think it should go THAT far down with one seemingly minor mistake.
By user546595 - posted: 1 month ago

I have a similar issue sometimes.
By alexnguyen11 - posted: 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Mistakes drop WPM significantly because WPM is calculated by keystrokes per minute... when you have to backspace and fix an error, your keystroke stands at 0 during that time, causing a significant drop.

lets say you type 150 characters in 20 seconds = 90 wpm. Going backwards causes you delete and re-type, lets say that takes 2 seconds to fix - your WPM would have dropped to 80.

The longer the quote, the less small mistakes will drop your WPM. A very short quote will massively affect your WPM