Tips and Tricks for Passing a Typing Test

Do you need to pass a typing test before qualifying for a job?

If your answer is yes, then I have brought a few tips and tricks for you to perform well in a typing test.

1. Practice

Preparation is a must before you opt for a typing test. Practice all the alphabets, alphanumeric, and number keys. In a typing test, you can expect a combination of letters and symbols, including capitalization, punctuation, and hyphenation. Besides text, a typing test may contain home address, phone number and special characters. Special characters and symbols could be /,-, @,#,$,%, (,),~ and “ ”. The easiest way to practice all these keys is to type from a book, magazine or newspaper.

 You can also check your typing speed online by visiting our dedicated page.

2. Take your keyboard with you

The keyboards in testing centers are not good and are usually obsolete. It is possible that you will not be able to type efficiently with those keyboards. To cope with this situation, if allowed, take your own keyboard with yourself. A USB keyboard will be an easy and comfortable option. Connect it to PC before starting a typing test. Now, as you are used to this keyboard, ultimately this will increase your capacity towards excellent performance and you will nail it.

3. Keep your fingers warm

In winter, bare hands and fingers are exposed to cold wind; therefore, they get colder than any other parts of the body. If your hands, especially your fingers, are cold, you may not be able to type with high speed and accuracy. However, you can warm up your hands and fingers in a few minutes just before taking your typing test. Wear warm gloves and massage your fingers and their tips against each other to make them warm quickly. You may put your hands under armpits or any other warm part of the body. Another idea is to blow on hands and fingers, rubbing them against each other quickly to spread the warmth across hands.

4. Get familiar with Keyboard

If you have not brought your own keyboard or are not permitted to do so, get familiar with the available keyboard provided by checking its alphabets, alphanumeric, and number keys.

Find out whether all keys are functioning properly and no key is missing or mistyping. Also, check for the keys which stick or are hard to press. The simplest way to perform a keyboard checkup is to type the sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” using Notepad or any other text editor. Typing this sentence will reveal if any alphabetical key is not working fine. Next, type numbers from 0-9 and these five symbols /(slash), – (dash), _(underscore), # (number) and @ (at). If you succeed in finding out that a keyboard is not working perfectly, ask the concerned person to replace it or you can sit at any other PC with a working keyboard.

5. Don’t Skip Words

Many of us deem it a wise act to skip longer words during a typing test. Skipping words while typing is a terrible and ineffective idea. Ironically, it does not only decrease typing accuracy but also speed. Try to type all words. If a mistype happens, don’t try to use Backspace; just keep typing. Erasing will waste your time, and it can’t be more fruitful than typing the rest of the text carefully. You could invest this time by slowing down your speed for a while to achieve high accuracy and speed.

6. Act As You Type

You will see a progress report as you type. Be proactive and act accordingly. If accuracy is dropping too much, it means you have mistyped. Slow down your speed for a few seconds, say 30 seconds, and type as accurately as you can. In case the progress report shows a low speed, accelerate your fingers, just like you drive a car for a party or for picking someone up from the airport and you are getting there late.

 If you know other tips or experienced anything strange thing during a typing test, then kindly share your valuable experience with us! You may post it in the comments section below. 

Our book, Learn Touch Typing in 12 Simple Lessonsprovides more tips and tricks to learn and improve touch typing skills.

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