3 Sites to Learn How to Type Faster for Free

You can be more productive and get things done quicker if you don’t need to look at the keyboard to find the letters you want to type. The technique is called touch typing and it is all about the idea that each finger has its own area on the keyboard, and you can learn their location through muscle memory. Ready to try it? Here are 3 sites that will teach you how to type faster in no time.

Typing

Although it can be used by anyone, this site seems to be especially good for kids since it includes exclusive typing games like “Keyboard Ninja,” and the option to choose a skin to change the look and feel of the page.

Choose between a 1 minute, 3 minute, or 5 minute typing speed test. The learning modules are divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced with a total of 34 lessons, plus 11 more just to practice. You can create an account with a username, Clever, or Google account to keep your scores, earn badges based on performance, and eventually get the free typing certificate.

Last but not least, it includes a free teacher portal with real time student monitoring and detailed reports about the pupil’s improvement and progress.

Ratatype

To begin, take the typing test, which is just a phrase. Then sign up with your email or Facebook account so you can track your stats for the 15 lesson tutorial. When you feel ready, take the test to get a free certificate, or compete with your friends on Facebook.

Ratatype also has an area for teachers where they can create a group of students and see detailed stats of their progress.

How To Type

This site offers a 7 lesson typing tutorial and also a typing speed test divided into basic, intermediate, number, and master. On the practice area you’ll be typing quotes from books, and in case you are interested, there is the option to see the page in German.

Extra: If you just feel like competing, go to TypeRacer

This award-winning online typing competition started in 2008 as the first multiplayer typing game on the web that allows people to race each other by typing quotes from books, movies, and songs.

If you scored at least 75 WPM with 98% accuracy on the typing tests, you might be eligible to work as a freelance transcriptionist and make some extra money each month. More information here.

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