The Keyboarding Skills Test is software for the PC which allows the user to assess typing and data entry skills. Speed and accuracy are measured. Test results are saved to a database for future viewing and printing.
Who should use the Keyboarding Skills Test?
- Companies or employment agencies who wish to test job applicant skills during the recruitment process.
- School boards who teach keyboarding. The Keyboarding Skills test will let you and the student see and measure the students progress
- Individuals who wish to practice or enhance their typing and or data entry skills.
What are the features of the Keyboarding Skills Test?
- User created tests. The program is shipped with a few typing tests which can be edited or you create new tests specific to your environment.
- Automatic scrolling of the typing test window. As the testee types, the test window will scroll accordingly.
- Word wrap enabled. Testee does not need to press the enter key.
- Gross and net words per minute (WPM) as well as accuracy are measured and saved in a results database for printing and viewing.
Data entry tests:
- Alpha, numeric, and alphanumeric test modules.
- Gross and net keystrokes per hour (KPH) as well as accuracy are measured and saved in a results database for printing or viewing.
- User defined numeric field width and decimal display/suppression for numeric tests.
- Alphanumeric test is in the form of a basic invoice.
- With the click of a button, new tests can be gnerated by the program.
- Test duration is configurable; up to 30 minutes.
Download the Keyboarding Skills TestThe Keyboarding Skills Test is available to try out free for 30 days. Click here to download a fully functional evaluation version (V3.0.1) (1011 KB). At the end of 30 days, the program will continue to function if you decide not to purchase it. However, many features will be limited.
Buy nowThe purchase price is $45. You may purchase on-line, using credit card or Paypal via secure server.
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Windows 2000 or higher
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What's the difference between data entry and typing?
Data entry is typically screen after screen of the same type data. Data is entered into 'fields'. Typing is usually 'freeform', that is you type in a single screen. Data entry tests are typically scored based on keystrokes per hour (KPH), while typing tests are scored based on words per minute (WPM).
How do I convert words per minute (WPM) to keystrokes per hour (KPH) and vise-versa?
That's a good question and there is more than one way to calculate this. Remember, WPM means keystrokes per minute, while KPH means keystroke per hour.
The simplest method of conversion from WPM to KPH is WPM X 300 = KPH.
On the other hand, from KPH to WPM is KPH / 300 = WPM.
So, let's say you can type at a rate of 27 WPM, your KPH speed would be 8100 (WPM times 300 = KPH).
If you know your KPH is 10000, your WPM would be 33.3 (KPH / 300 = WPM).
Let's assume the word reference for typing tests is 5 characters.
Thus the formula to calculate WPM based on KPH is: KPH / 5 /60 (minutes in hour) = WPM.
If your KPH is 12000, your WPM would be 40 (KPH / 5 / 60)
If your WPM is 50, your KPH is 15000 (WPM * 5 * 60)
A job posting is seeking someone for a data entry position who must be able to key at 10000 KPH. What exactly does this mean?
The employer is seeking someone who can type at a rate of 33.3 WPM.
I am applying for a job and I'm told there will be a keying abilities test as part of the recruitment process. How do I prepare for this?
In short: practice and measure your progress. However, you need to know what to practice. What kind of position is it? If you will be typing letters all day, practice typing. On the other hand, if the position involves data entry (typically input of data into structured fields), then practice data entry. Does the data entry involve mostly numeric data, such as one transcribing data from a tax return to computer? If so, numeric data entry would be your focus. Focus on alphanumeric data entry if the position involves taking orders over the telephone. Our Keyboarding Skills Test includes all modules to measure and enhance your keying abilities.
Is data entry and/or typing the right job for me?
That's a tough question and raises more questions. Can you type quickly and accurately? Do you like the idea of keyboarding for a living? Are there keying jobs available in your city, and if so, how is the competition for those jobs? Is data entry a skill that will be required long-term, given the global movement to e-business?
Are there health risks associated with data entry positions?
If you will be doing data entry type work all day, you will want to avoid prevent Musculoskeletal Disorders, pain, and discomfort. Ergonomic stretches as described here, may help reduce any discomfort. Effective chair selection and proper sitting position will also help avoid injury.