Monkeytype – measure your own writing speed and error rate (have it measured)

Monkeytype is a website where you can type given words or your own words in different languages. You can see – in the standard settings – the current progress, the mistakes made and a countdown. At the end you will see statistics about your own typing performance. This means you can determine your own writing speed and error rate without a stopwatch or manual post-processing. Ideal for anyone who wants to learn “10 finger typing” or refine their own typing technique. In addition to the procedure described, there are plenty of alternative options, as you can see below.

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Monkeytype as typing training: set the language and get started

When you first visit the Monkeytype site, you will probably be presented with a collection of English words. Of course, that doesn't matter if you also want to be able to type quickly in English. If your computer work or your writing hobby revolves more around German-language texts, then you can also change the language. To do this, click on the globe symbol with “English” next to it above the text block. You can now select “German” from the long list of languages ​​to type German words.

Collections of words that require concentration when transcribing

By default, Monkeytype does not show you any meaningful text to test your own typing speed and error rate. This is far too easy to read, understand and then type out almost subconsciously. Instead, a sequence of words is presented that makes no sense when combined. So you have to concentrate and you can't start from one context and get into a writing flow. Anyone who can read and write quickly can still process the next word while the previous one is still being typed.

My first 30 seconds: 78 words per minute, 99% accuracy

Of course, I tried the whole thing out and was quite happy with the result after the first 30-second test. If the office management lecturer is reading from my business assistant training: Look, I can still do it 😄 Extrapolated, I was certified at a speed of 78 words per minute with an accuracy of 99 percent. By the way, the drop in writing speed (gray graph) happened towards the end because I corrected a mistake I made.

Not just spoken languages: Program faster with Monkeytype

No matter whether German, English, Spanish, Czech, Vietnamese or Esperanto – you will find an extremely large number of languages ​​and variations in Monkeytype’s language list. If you scroll all the way down, you will come to the “Code” overview. There is everything from Python, C and C++ to Javascript, HTML and Pascal to Rust, PHP and Arduino. From programs to websites to minicomputers – here you can train faster programming for a wide variety of projects.

Many more settings: word count, quotes, Zen mode and more

The default mode is set to “time” at the top. This means that you write for a time. On the far right you can set whether you want to type for 15, 30, 60 or 120 seconds. In this default setting, as shown above, only words in nonsensical combinations are listed for typing. But if you also want to throw punctuation marks and/or numbers into the mix, you can select them with “@ punctuation” and “# numbers” on the far left.

In addition, there are options that are placed more in the middle. Because instead of writing on time, you can also set a number of words. To do this, click on “A words” and then select 10, 25, 50 or 100 on the right. Then you type this number of words (possibly with punctuation marks and numbers if selected) and your statistics are then displayed. So you don't have a countdown, but you still get a words per minute statistic, an accuracy percentage, and so on. 

If you need a break from the nonsense phrases, just click on “quote”. Because this option shows you a quote. It is important to know here that the punctuation marks displayed also play a role when typing the quote, even if the “punctuation” option has not been activated manually. So you get a text that makes sense, but you also have to pay attention to periods, commas, colons, hyphens and the like.

There is also Zen mode, which you activate with “zen”. Here you can just start writing and enter whatever you want. To exit the mode and display the statistics for freestyle typing, press Shift+Enter. Here you can take the exercise texts from your 10-finger typing course and hit them repeatedly until the evaluation shows you a satisfactory result. This saves you having to use stopwatches and math (or apps to install).

Even more customizations

As you have already seen in the previous screenshots, there is a tool icon on the far right in the menu bar of the Monkeytype website. If you click on this, you can also define your own options in addition to the given options. If you write for a time, you can set an individual number of seconds here. In Words mode you can set your own number of words. Of course, this adjustment does not exist with Quote and Zen.

By the way, you get tons of other customization options – including visual ones – on the site. For example, you can set a theme for the individual coloring of the page and font at the bottom right next to the release number. In the screenshots above you can see the page in the “Serika Dark” theme. Below you can see them in the “Desert Oasis” theme to show the possible differences. There are dozens more that you can use to set your personal favorite colors.

You can find further setting options by clicking on the gear symbol above. There you can set a level of difficulty, define the speed selection of individual keys, deactivate the display of errors and misspelled words, set minimum rates for automatic test termination and much more. Pretty much everything you can customize can be customized here. If that's not enough for you, you can find Monkeytype also on GitHub, where you can download the source code to create your own version.

Advantages of a Monkeytype account

On Monkeytype website you can also create an account. This serves e.g. B. to save the settings you have defined for later sessions. In addition, test results can be saved and the progress made over time can be tracked. There is also the option of entering the leaderboard if you achieve significant typing speeds. To register you need an email address. Alternatively, you can use “Google Sign In”.

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