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A Guide to Increasing Your Typing Speed

A Guide to Increasing Your Typing Speed

Learn how to type faster

When you’re on an interview or talking with a recruiter about administrative assistant jobs, they may ask you’re typing speed. I learned from Mavis Beacon back in the day.

Mavis Beacon

I loved when the teachers let us play some typing games. Almost as much as I loved Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? Do they even still teach typing in school?

Let’s say you used to be an admin assistant but were out of work for years. You don’t know your tying speed but you’re pretty sure it’s less than 40 words per minute, the minimum requirement to be an administrative assistant.

Even if you aren’t asked your tying speed, as an administrative assistant, you’ll be more efficient if you can type fast. Here are some ways to increase your typing speed:

Type…A lot

I started with Mavis Beacon but now, I don’t do anything special to keep my typing speed above 40. It’s just that my day-to-day involves a lot of typing. If you have a book or magazine, spend some time typing the contents into Word or Google Docs.

Get Comfortable

Spending long stretches of time on a computer will hurt your body. Awhile ago, my wrists hurt so much I had to switch from using the touchpad on my laptop to a mouse. On top of that, my back started hurting because I was sitting in the wrong kind of chair. How you’re sitting is important. You don’t want to be in pain while you’re practicing.


This is similar to the above tip but I feel it deserves a separate section. Typing will definitely hurt your knuckles. You can say you want to do 30 minutes to 1 hour practice sessions each day. If you type that long without taking some kind of break to stretch, you will be in pain at the end. Not to mention, your head and eyes may be a little tender from staring at the the screen for so long.


There’s this funny quote. I don’t know where it’s from. “The internet: the cause of and solution to all of life’s problems.” If you want to learn something, there’s a YouTube video for it.

It helps to know the correct ways to place your fingers of the keyboard.

Don’t Look Down

As you’re practicing, work your way up to not looking at the keyboard while tying..at least not often. Each time you look down, you slow your typing speed.

Talk to your Local Librarian

Your library may have software you can practice on or someone can point you to helpful, free resources.

Use Free Touching Type Tutorials

Certain websites offer free typing tutorials. Instead of typing random passages, you can practice on the below websites:


Touch Typing Study

NYPL: Power Typing 

Typing Club

More Resources:

Learn how to touch type

How to Type Faster: Tips and Tricks to Master the Keyboard


One Response

  1. The faster you can type, the faster you can complete all of these tasks—and the more productive you can be. Typing remains a fundamental skill, and it is still one of the most important computer skills you can learn. Learning to type fast and accurately will help you in many ways in life, and it should be considered an essential skill for anyone who sees themselves working with a computer in some capacity.

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