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.
Your certificate will turn out looking much better if you take the time to place something other than plain white printer paper in your printer before creating your certificate.
Begin your test by selecting the type of test you wish to take. Your options are Plain English, Random Letters, Random Letters and Numbers, and Random Letters, Numbers and Punctuation.
Plain English provides you with a test consisting of randomly selected sentences. 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. Using this option will provide you with the best practice. That's because this scheme tests 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 Plain English but more rewarding.
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. 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.
Remember, practice your typing using something other than the Plain English option. When you are ready to test your speed and print a certificate, select Plain English.
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.
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.