Touch typing has always had an air of mystery to it. I have always envied those people who sit elegantly, eyes fixed on the screen, whilst quickly tip tapping away on the keyboard. I estimate that I have been using a computer keyboard regularly for over 20 years and my typing style is more Rowlf the dog from the Muppets – banging on the keys, glancing up at the screen then eyes down to the keyboard. I manage as I am but what benefits would there be to taking a touch typing qualification?
Developed with online touch typing training and testing specialist Type and Test, the Level 1 and Level 2 Awards in Touch Typing are currently the only touch typing qualifications in the UK. To understand more I was given the opportunity to sample some of the online tutorials and I was eager to get started.
The secret of typing in this way is all based on finger position on the keyboard and the first few sessions concentrated on this. As a complete novice I found it a challenge to completely override the way I had been typing for years and this was reflected in my low words per minute (WPM) score. I was getting hung up on accuracy and was very slow. As more letters were introduced I gradually started to improve and my wpm score increased.
To achieve the Level 1 Award a learner has to demonstrate a speed of 20 wpm and an accuracy of 95%. The Level 2 Award is achieved by demonstrating 40 wpm and an accuracy of 98%. I am way off these speeds and accuracies at the moment but with more practice I could be tip tapping on those keys like a pro. Minute taking would be a cinch, emails would be tapped out in seconds and articles breezed though.
Being able to touch type enhances a CV, but how many people add touch typing as a skill with nothing to back it up? An accredited Touch Typing qualification demonstrates that you have reached a highly set standard. In a competitive job market this may be the thing that sets your CV apart from the rest.
Claire Cooper-Shaw, Development and Marketing Officer
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