TOP ROW. There is no special exercise in this
section for the numbers and characters on the top
row, However, at this point the respective finger
reaches should be memorized. It should be noted
that all the typing performance tests have numbers
that make up at least 5 percent of the exercise.
One of the exercises later in this section will have
numbers in it.
Practicing for Speed
At this point, you should be able to progress
through all the preceding exercises without
looking at the keyboard and with very few typing
errors. However, typing speed is probably still
Figure 2-8, view A, consists of one sentence
repeated over and over. This sentence causes all
the fingers to reach for keys. By typing it
repeatedly, you should start to get speed and
rhythm into your typing. The exercise consists of
556 strokes. This means that if you can type this
whole exercise within 5 minutes and have NO
ERRORS, you will have typed 22 words per
Figure 2-8, view B, is a more difficult exercise
and should not be attempted until the exercise in
figure 2-8, view A, is mastered. The view B
exercise consists of 630 strokes and contains
longer words and several numbers. If you can type
this whole exercise in 5 minutes without any
errors, you will have typed slightly over 25 words
per minute. Figure 2-8, view B, closely resembles
the typing performance test that is administered
The typing performance tests are given under
conditions as close to working conditions as
The test is made up of unfamiliar, untechnical
material. It must contain 5 numbers for every 100
The paper to be used is the standard size
(8 1/2 x 11 inches), and the margin stops are to
be set for 80 space lines. The test is to be double
spaced between lines; therefore, the line space
lever should be set at the double lines. Erasures
or x-ing out characters are not permitted.
Grading the Test
Although the actual performance test is graded
by someone from the local education services
office, you (as an AZ striker) should know how
to grade a test so that you can tell how well you
are progressing in the typing exercises.
COUNTING THE STROKES. Each space
and each character in a line is counted as 1 stroke.
For example, the following sentence contains 17
He is a good guy.
Although there are only 12 characters and one
punctuation mark in this line, there are 4 spaces
between words (which also count as strokes).
ERRORS. Only one error is charged per word.
Therefore, when taking the performance test, if
you know that you have made an error at the
beginning of a word (especially a long word), you
would be wise to depress the space bar once and
start the next word because nothing you can do
will correct the error for test purposes.
The following errors are considered one typing
error for test purposes:
A character transposed.
A character omitted.
A character erroneously inserted.
A misspelled word.
A word incorrectly hyphenated.
A word omitted from a sentence.
An error in punctuation counts as an error
in the preceding word.
An error in spacing counts as an error in
the preceding word.
Crowding of letters in a word.
Piling of letters in a word.
Strikeover of a letter in a word.
The finished copy of the test paper must look
just like the test. The only allowable difference
is in the length of the lines.
FORMULA FOR GRADING THE TEST.
To determine the number of words typed per
minute, you should take the following steps:
1. Count the total number of strokes that
have been typed.