I was curious as to what was considered to be acceptable error rates for typing, but it isn't quite as simple as I would like. Maybe someone can provide some insight.
For example, I might find a website that gives the "average" error rate. But since that may include really bad typists, that isnt what I want to compare myself to. I'm thinking more in line with what is considered acceptable from people who may be applying for jobs where typing is the main issue.
I did find one place that I believe said accuracy of 97% was a standard for that. That surprised me because while I feel I still make too many mistakes, I'm pretty much always at that point or better on all my tests.
So, I started thinking about how such things may be calculated, but don't know what would be "official". Especially since all this may be done differently with doing things digitally. Consider:
Make an error on a typewriter and, at least for testing, I would think you would just gave to let the error stand because on a short test, the steps to correct it would take a lot of time. But with a computer, I can quickly make a fix so the "error" is eliminated. Sure, the fix slows you down, but what is the official way of counting such things? Should the error not count against you at all if you fix it (you just lose some speed) or should it still count against your accuracy?
I also don't know how errors were counted in the old typewriter days or now. I know every 5 characters, including spaces, count as a word, but let's suppose you type 100 characters, thus counting as 20 words in one minute. And you make ONE error. Okay, so calculated one way, that would count as just 1% of all characters. But it could be looked at another way - that you typed one word wrong out of 20, thus a 5% error.
Finally, is speed and accuracy based on the typical one minute tests I find online or is the "official" way of doing it involve a longer period of time?
I'm not looking for a typing job. I'm just trying to get a realistic comparison of what I can do compared to what is considered to be "officially" acceptable for a typing job.