Progress charts have now been added to this typing application. This addition makes it possible for students to print off a visual representation of practice sessions completed in the school lab or at home. The chart can be handed in for the teacher to examine and record the student's progress.
The chart displays the results of each test taken by the student. A record of each test is maintained until the browser is closed. In the event the student wishes to delete these records and start fresh, a "Clear History" button is provided on the application's home page.
The default chart-type is a Line chart. By clicking on the "Chart Type" selector a student can choose between Line, Area, Column, Bar and Scatter charts. (Suggestion: To save on ink in your color printer avoid using the Area chart)
MrKent is hoping this application will be a help to your success.
Begin your test by selecting the type of test you wish to take. Your options are Crazy Phrases, Random Letters, Random Letters and Numbers, and Random Letters, Numbers and Punctuation.
Crazy Phrases provides you with a test consisting of randomly selected words including nouns, adjectives, adverbs and verbs. The sentences sometimes turn out to be humorous. The purpose of this scheme is to create a test more closely related to a real-life typing exercise.
Random Letters provides you with a test consisting of sentences built from mostly five-character groups of letters which have been randomly selected. The purpose of this scheme is to test your ability to type what you see and not what you know is coming up because of your ability to spell. Because of this factor you will find Random Letters to be more difficult than Crazy Phrases.
Random Letters and Numbers is similar to the above scheme but with randomly selected digits interspersed with the randomly selected letters. This scheme is more difficult than the above schemes.
Finally, Random Letters, Numbers and Punctuation is the most difficult scheme due to the added challenge of having to type a few randomly selected punctuation characters which have been interspersed with the other characters.
The test is broken up into individual sentences. You can choose between One and Five sentences. The more sentences you select, up to five, the longer your test will become. Leave one space between sentences. In the old days when we used typewriters we left two spaces between sentences as an assist to the reader but with computers that is no longer necessary.
To improve your typing skills in the most efficient manner it is recommended that you do not practice using Crazy Phrases. Select Random Letters, Random Letters and Numbers, or Random Letters, Numbers and Punctuation to work on improving your skill.
When you are ready to test your speed select Crazy Phrases.
Also, selecting more than just one sentence will help your skill develop more rapidly.
As you type the characters displayed in your test, those characters will change color. If you type the correct character that character will turn from black to white. If you type an incorrect character that character will turn from black to red. Each red character is counted as one error. Do not try to back-space as it has been disabled. Simply continue by typing the first black character following your red-colored error.
Continue typing through all of the characters displayed, to the end. Upon reaching the end of the test your results will be displayed. The display shows the characters making up your test, and, the characters you actually typed.
You will also be provided with information about how long the test lasted as well as your words-per-minute score.
Scoring is accomplished by calculating your raw words-per-minute amount, then subtracting one word for each error from that amount.
There are other means of calculating words-per-minute but this is what seems to be the most fair method.
For situations where you may need evidence of how well you have done on the test, you can print off your results by clicking on the Print Results button.
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Also, if you are using an older computer with a cpu running at slower speeds, this may also affect how well this application runs on your computer.