I learnt to type many moons ago on a proper typewriter. I had to use carbon paper if more than one copy was needed and good old tippex to hide my mistakes (not that I made any ha ha).
If you’re just learning to type now then it is so much easier and there are so many websites where you can learn for free.
Below are 5 websites that will help you to improve your typing skills and speed whether you are an absolute beginner or just plain old rusty!
This site offers you 7 different free tests and 3 different lengths of tests i.e. 1, 2 or 3 minutes. I found the astronaut one a bit difficult and scored 60 wpm. It tells you what the average speed is and how you compare. The average was 36 wpm.
If you are an absolute beginner at typing they also do an online course that teaches you how to touch type. I had a go of it and it looks really good. You can sign up for two free lessons and see how you get on.
This site was designed for typists, stenographers and transcriptionists. It consists of sound files that you can use to practice typing or brush up on shorthand (does anyone still use shorthand?). It has files containing around 5 minutes of dictation at different speeds. By picking a certain speed e.g. 40 wpm you can establish what level you are at.
There are a number of different typing tests. Try the expert touch typist test. Wow it’s difficult. I got 39 wpm. It doesn’t state what the average is.
If you find plain old typing boring then there are a whole load of games on this site. I particularly liked hardest typing. Words float down the screen and you need to type them before they reach the bottom. Be warned – it can be quite addictive.
This is a fairly basic typing test and you have to start and stop the clock manually. There are also some basic lessons.
This is a good site if you are a beginner. There is a choice of selecting practice tests of sample text or of characters. So, if you new to touch typing you can practice drills of characters to help improve your speed.
Let me know how you get on and what speeds you got. Or if you know of any other good websites feel free to share below.
Keep practicing The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog! And as I’m sure you all know that contains all the letters of the alphabet.