Typing is an essential skill that allows the written word to be read easier than a handwritten piece. A typing test is a measure of not only how fast you type but how accurately. Most typing tests are measured in words per minute. Mastering the ability to type can help you find a job, make writing easier and reduce strain on your fingers, hands and wrists. Before you take any typing test you should follow several basic procedures.

Step 1

Practice beforehand. Practicing is vital to doing well on any typing test. You can practice several ways. Purchase a book with typing exercises. Buy a computer program that teaches typing. Most such programs have specific timed exercises that you can work on multiple times. If you are taking a class in typing, your instructor should have exercises you can work on at home. You also can create your own practice test by picking a random piece of text. Set up a timer and start typing. Count every five characters as a word to get your words per minute score. Take off one word for every error that you make.

Step 2

Adhere to proper body posture. Your feet should be firmly on the floor. Your back should be well supported. The material you are typing should be at eye level or within a quick look. If you need corrective lenses, use them. The keyboard should be within easy reach of your arms. Your elbows should be supported as you type.

Step 3

Place your fingers on the keyboard correctly. Four fingers on each hand should rest on the home keys. Your fingers should be curved for maximum efficiency and reduction of muscle strain as you type. Keeping your fingers in two central corners makes it easier to reach other keys such as the number keys and punctuation marks. As a result, you can type varied text with less strain.

Step 4

Ignore errors. If you make an error as you type ignore it and continue typing. The time it takes to correct the error will be greater than if you continue typing.

Step 5

Read the text closely as you type. Make sure that you capitalize all words that start a sentence. Use apostrophes where you find them. Type out the words exactly as you see them on the page. Do not use synonyms. If a word is unfamiliar, or you are unsure how to spell the word, take your time and make sure that you have typed it correctly.