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Chapter 25. Speed drills > Calculating your words per minute typing speed

B-2:. Calculating your words per minute typing speed

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1 Prepare to start typing. Check your posture, and make sure your fingers are resting on your home keys. If you’re timing yourself, open the Date/Time clock and move it to a corner of your screen. Pick a good starting point for the second hand.
2 On your instructor’s mark, begin typing the following paragraph. Do not stop typing until one minute has elapsed. If you’re practicing this speed drill on your own, begin typing when the second hand reaches the point you have chosen.
It could be argued that workers in zoos are very fortunate to (61) be able to spend time with animals like foxes, most of which (121) will never display anything but quiet joy and affection for humans. (186)
3 Repeat step 2. 
4 Repeat step 2 again. 
5 Look over the results of all three efforts. Select the one that resulted in the fewest errors and the most characters. 
6 Using the numbers in parentheses at the end of each line of text, add up the number of characters and spaces you have typed. 
7 From this sum, subtract 1 for each error you made. 
8 Divide your total by 5 to determine your words per minute typing speed. 
9 Record your results and conduct this test yourself several times at the conclusion of each practice session. 



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