I’m trying to get a promotion at work. We’re talking about a basic secretarial/clerical kind of position–you know, a typical office grunt. I need to pass a typing test to get the job. The minimum speed required is 50 words per minute.
I’ve taken the test twice in the past six weeks. My best score was 49 words per minute.
But wait. My best speed was 64 words per minute with three errors in a two minute test. The problem is that I was penalized ** five words per minute ** for each error.
Okay, before last month, I hadn’t taken a typing test since 1997when the penalty was only one word per minute per error, so maybe standards have changed a lot. But could they have changed that much??!?
I feel very angry and frustrated right now, and I don’t know if it’s reasonable for me to feel this way or if I’m just being a sore loser.
So I want some feedback from anybody out there who’s familiar with speed and accuracy standards for typng these days. If anybody out there is a typing instructor, I’d especially like to hear from them. Is this pretty much the standard these days? Or is this employer making unreasonable demands?