Typing tests options

I’ll make comments on each of these typing test sites - I may leave out lots of stuff though!


At this site, they have a number of texts you can type as well as an option to enter you own text - though, as far as I know, you can’t have multiple custom texts that may come up randomly. Just one at a time. I have found on some of their text examples, I’ll get to specific spots where the keyboard stops working. Once I learn which ones do that on my computer, I just skip them when they come up. You can also set the timing limit. Letters appear right on the text, but it doesn’t show what you typed when you make an error. It just shows the error in a different color. At the end, it gives basic stats (wpm, accuracy) and also correct entries, incorrect entries, fixed mistakes, error rate, etc. Also info about the top three missed characters and most inaccurate (based on percentages. I’ve generally liked this one.

https://www.keyhero.com/free-typing-test/
Shows what you type belot their text. If you make an error, the text will change color and stay changed for every letter in a word after the initial error unless you delete and correct them. Not timed - just finish the text presented to get speed and accuracy.

https://www.keyhero.com/typing-instant-death/?lang=0
This is another part of the Keyhero site above - instant death. Frustrating if you make mistakes very often since the round ends on the first one! I do like it, except for how they calculate things. It seems that if you make an error, it treats everything after the error as also being wrong. So you get really bad WPM scores. I wish they’d also give the score for how far you got.

http://10fastfingers.com/typing-test/english
Random words. You don’t see any score until you are done (I prefer to see it as I go). What you type appears below the text box. If you make an error, the whose word changes color, not just starting from the first wrong letter.


Never did one much and haven’t for a long time so I don’t recall much about it.


This is for dvorak users. Your words appear below the text box. If you make an error, the error shows for that specific letter, but you can’t go further untis the word is corrected - any time you hit space on an error, it will jump back to the start of the wrong word.

http://typing-speed-test.aoeu.eu/?lang=en
Your text appears below text box. Wrong letters change color, but whenever you hit space, the cursor jumps to the NEXT word. Stats and “time left” show as you type, but in small print so mostly not useful.
UPDATE: One nice thing about this test is, when done, it shows you the words you missed AND what you typed! Very nice for catching patterns of errors. However, it only shows words you didn’t correct so if you go back and correct a word, it won’t show up in the list.


Lots of good stuff, though some things bug me. Doesn’t use real words quite often. Since a good typist tends to think in words rather than letters, this is annoying. Also, instead of a plain space, they have a special symbol which, to me, makes things harder to read. Each test is really a short like of text. You can make it longer or shorter, but you aren’t looking at 1 minute tests or longer. stats are extensive, but to see most of them, you have click your “profile”.

https://wordcounter.net
Handy for some things - especially entering custom text - but the timer doesn’t start until you click the start button and then you have to drop the mouse and start typing. That takes time and thus throws off your score.

Hopefully others can provide more info on each of these or add more to the list.

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I added something to one of the links:

http://typing-speed-test.aoeu.eu/?lang=en
UPDATE: One nice thing about this test is, when done, it shows you the words you missed AND what you typed! Very nice for catching patterns of errors. However, it only shows words you didn’t correct so if you go back and correct a word, it won’t show up in the list.

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I’ve been using the site that gives the list of misspelled words. I then enter them in a text file and then try to create some kind of sentence out of them - just to make the flow more typical of normal sentences even though the result itself will make no sense. Then put it the other site that allows customized text - and if you finish the text with time to spare, it just keeps repeating it.

Now, I can’t make all of the words into readable sentences without adding other words or repeating words. Right now I don’t want to do that yet. I periodically do the first site again to add to my list and to my custom text. Here is my present custom text (I make sots of errors with W and T on dovrak).

why among birds is it a clear wonder that two don’t type with their own world paint or will own people which other oven examples have with things which was what typing sun like will serve between size oven spell done example which is what book lands the answer fly

Practicing that, I’ve generally been over 60 wpm and better than 97% accuracy (usually over 98%). But sometimes I do have a lot of errors. Like my firs test today - only 53 wpm at 94.6%. Even though this test focuses on my worst problems - at least on normal words - I don’t like that score at all. But my second test was 65 wpm at 98.8% accuracy. But my goal is to be consistently at 99% or better. The speed is satisfactory to me.

This essentially a repeat of the first (old) post in this thread, with a few typos corrected and some rephrasing in spots, but by reposting, it will bump the thread up to the top again.


I’ll make comments on each of these typing test sites - I may leave out lots of stuff though!

https://www.speedtypingonline.com/typing-testAt this site, they have a number of texts you can type as well as an option to enter you own text - though, as far as I know, you can’t have multiple custom texts that may come up randomly. Just one at a time. On some of their text examples I’ll get to specific spots where the keyboard stops working. Once I learn which ones do that on my computer, I just skip them when they come up. You can also set the timing limit (as low as 30 seconds so good for a quick check). Letters appear right on the text, but it doesn’t show what you typed when you make an error. It just shows the error in a different color. At the end, it gives basic stats (wpm, accuracy) and also correct entries, incorrect entries, fixed mistakes, error rate, etc. Also info about the top three missed characters and most inaccurate (based on percentages. I’ve generally liked this one. But wish it gave more than just the 3 worst characters.

https://www.keyhero.com/free-typing-test/Shows what you type below their text. If you make an error, the text will change color and stay changed for every letter in a word after the initial error unless you delete and correct them. Not timed - just finish the text presented to get speed and accuracy.

https://www.keyhero.com/typing-instant-death/?lang=0This is another part of the Keyhero site above - instant death. Frustrating if you make mistakes very often since the round ends on the first one! I do like it, except for how they calculate things. It seems that if you make an error, it treats everything after the error as also being wrong too. So you get really bad WPM scores. I wish they’d also give the score based only on how far you got.

http://10fastfingers.com/typing-test/englishRandom words. You don’t see any score until you are done (I prefer to see it as I go). What you type appears below the text box. If you make an error, the whole word changes color, not just starting from the first wrong letter.

http://play.typeracer.comNever did one much and haven’t for a long time so I don’t recall much about it.

https://learn.dvorak.nl/?lesson=5This is for dvorak users. Your words appear below the text box. If you make an error, the error shows for that specific letter, but you can’t go further untis the word is corrected - any time you hit space on an error, it will jump back to the start of the wrong word.

http://typing-speed-test.aoeu.eu/?lang=enYour text appears below text box. Wrong letters change color, but whenever you hit space, the cursor jumps to the NEXT word. Stats and “time left” show as you type, but in small print so mostly not useful. One nice thing about this test is, when done, it shows you the words you missed AND what you typed! Very nice for catching patterns of errors. However, it only shows words you didn’t correct so if you go back and correct a word, it won’t show up in the list. It just uses common, random, words - no numbers or punctuation, but I really like it because of how I can see exactly what I missed (and how) all grouped at the end.

http://www.keybr.com/page/practice Lots of good stuff, though some things bug me. Doesn’t use real words quite often. Since a good typist tends to think in words rather than letters, this is annoying. Also, instead of a plain space, they have a special symbol which, to me, makes things harder to read. Each test is really a short like of text. You can make it longer or shorter, but you aren’t looking at 1 minute tests or longer. stats are extensive, but to see most of them, you have click your “profile”.

https://wordcounter.net Handy for some things - especially entering custom text - but the timer doesn’t start until you click the start button and then you have to drop the mouse and start typing. That takes time and thus throws off your score.

Hopefully others can provide more info on each of these or add more to the list.
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Many, many thanks!

It’s almost as though it were time to write a typing tutor program, specifically with the TextBlade in mind. Maybe after there’s a good open source one the TextBlade program and software keyboard on iOS could listen in on the keystrokes entered by the associated TextBlade, especially for backspaces and try to discern which keys (or words) the user had made corrections on. Then it could keep statistics and offer tailor made keyboard lessons to speed up our adjustment process.

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Yes, a tutor program for the TB would be nice. When doing one of the typing tests, it would not only know what the word was, but what you typed AND could use its touch sensing abilities to refine thing. For example, when I have a key not register, it would have a record of how hard I hit it and where on the key, etc. Maybe it could tell you other things.

Some things any program could conceivably do, but I haven’t found any that do it all. Would love something that stored all the words you miss and kept track of how often you did, so you could have it automatically bring in more of them in random word testing. It would also keep track of what word came before an error if you miss the first letter of a word (since that could be influenced by what came before).

It would let you specify which symbols, if any, to include and let you specify how common you want them to appear. In my typing, if I’m trying to focus on improving symbols or numbers, having too many causes errors simply because they come at me too often. Initially, at least, you need some breathing space between them, much like most normal typing would have.

I’d want a per test AND a long history record of what keys I miss and what I hit (or failed to press hard enough).

Something like: X>K 2%
X>I 0.3%

Which would mean I hit X rather than K 2% of the time (which can easily happen on dvorak). And X rather than I 0.3%.

The really small numbers would, for most, be things you don’t worry about - probably just random quirks in your typing. But the higher they are, the more I’d want to focus on those things and be able to tell the program what and how often to give them.

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I found another interesting typing test. It explains how it counts errors, which sounds reasonable, though I don’t know if it truly is “official” or not.

It won’t show you the errors until you are done, so I’d say it is more realistic to real word methods. But then you are done, it shows what you typed as well as what you should have typed. So it has the same advantage as my favorite typing test.

https://official-typing-test.com

You can do 1, 3, or 5 minute tests. Of course, longer tests are more “real world” too, but I rarely have the patience to wait that long to see how I’m doing.

One issue I do have with it is that I’d like to make the letters bigger, but it doesn’t reformat when I do - the words move out of sight instead of changing the number of words per line. But if your eyes are better than mine, you can probably do fine with defaults or a smaller increase in size.

You may find this useful - two lists with 100 words each (the most missed qwerty words and the most missed Dvorak words).

http://www.mit.edu/~jcb/Dvorak/demons.html

Update: I copied and edited the Dvorak list so they are just consecutive words in a paragraph. I’ll paste it below for any who want it:

new beautiful during everything help oblige certain company length October possible result serve stamp never importance awful committee close difference however most November obtain suggest their tonight various vacation work office principle accept addition arrangement behind build change condition card desire enclose enjoy family marriage husband half hold itself impossible January kind leave loss march opinion probably pleasure particular request rate rule south subject service song though therefore watch name high where home baby whose just life public table under women action anyway always article against anything alone become blue begin black charge children character conference consider copy class cause