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Jenny Jan 16, 2017 06:43PM MST

I can't remember/find a way to test my WPM rate using TypeWell. I remember those numbers showing up when I did the training, but am not sure I can know that at any time on the software. Is there a way to find this out?

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Janet Fedorchuk Jan 26, 2017 08:30AM MST TYPEWELL Agent

Hi Jenny,

To answer your question, TypeWell can increase a person’s base typing speed significantly, 10, 20, 30+ wpm for some people. But the typing wpm rate is not the right question to be wondering about. The meaningful question is “how fast of a speaker can a TypeWell transcriber keep up with?” Between the abbreviations and other speed-up features, and the chunking strategies, TypeWell transcribers routinely provide high quality communication access for lecturers speaking at the rates common in college classes (180+ wpm).

To get your WPM you would have to time yourself, for example using the timer on your smartphone, while you type continuously. Since there are pauses during regular transcribing, that would lower your WPM. It’s better to just get a text like the Gettysburg address or something, and time yourself for a set amount like 2 minutes or whatever, and then use Word to get a word count and divide by the number of minutes.

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