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Chapter 25. Speed drills > Calculating speed with familiar text

B-3:. Calculating speed with familiar text

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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.
If mike jived and wore a baggy hat printed with rude dunce he would (78) take the extra quiz and slap now. (111)
3 Using the numbers in parentheses at the end of each line of text, add up the number of characters and spaces you have typed. 
4 From this sum, subtract 1 for each error you made. 
5 Record your results and indicate that this test was based on the five key phrases. Eventually, you will type at this speed, and most likely faster, with any long sentence or paragraph.



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