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Words per Minute

Postby corporatelaw87 » Wed May 19, 2010 11:06 am

How many WPM do you type? Has your fast/slow speed helped/hurt you on exams?

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Re: Words per Minute

Postby holydonkey » Wed May 19, 2010 11:14 am

I'm not quite sure how many words I can type in one minute, but I suppose it would be somewhere around the total number of words I am currently typing, as I am typing this in one minute although I might be slowed slightly because I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to type next except I know that it will be more words that will be typed within the same minute. I do worry about about my ability to type a large number of words on an exam as I've never done it before, but I imagine I'm a little slow.
Around 100 I guess.

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Re: Words per Minute

Postby d34d9823 » Wed May 19, 2010 11:21 am

I type about 50 on those tests where you have to read and type, faster if I'm typing my own thoughts.

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Matthies
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Re: Words per Minute

Postby Matthies » Wed May 19, 2010 11:22 am

10 maybe 15, is there a website where you can test this, enever actualy tried

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Re: Words per Minute

Postby yeff » Wed May 19, 2010 11:23 am

typeracer.com

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Dr. Strangelove
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Re: Words per Minute

Postby Dr. Strangelove » Wed May 19, 2010 11:25 am

80 wpm

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Re: Words per Minute

Postby webbylu87 » Wed May 19, 2010 11:28 am

This seems to be a decent one: http://www.typeonline.co.uk/typingspeed.php

65wpm for me.

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Re: Words per Minute

Postby NayBoer » Wed May 19, 2010 11:28 am

I can regularly do 70-80, and I've been able to test 90+. Now if I only had something to say.

My girlfriend can break 100 without much problem.

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Re: Words per Minute

Postby hellokitty » Wed May 19, 2010 11:31 am

Dr. Strangelove wrote:80 wpm

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Re: Words per Minute

Postby Jarndyce » Wed May 19, 2010 11:33 am

webbylu87 wrote:This seems to be a decent one: http://www.typeonline.co.uk/typingspeed.php

65wpm for me.


According to this site, 78 wpm.

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Re: Words per Minute

Postby NonTradHealthLaw » Wed May 19, 2010 11:37 am

You typed 94.8 Words Per Minute! (--LinkRemoved--)

Obviously less when not transcribing something.

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Re: Words per Minute

Postby Matthies » Wed May 19, 2010 11:38 am

webbylu87 wrote:This seems to be a decent one: http://www.typeonline.co.uk/typingspeed.php

65wpm for me.


24 words per min with 13 misnatkes arccording to that website

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Re: Words per Minute

Postby Grizz » Wed May 19, 2010 11:48 am

50-55

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Re: Words per Minute

Postby Big Shrimpin » Wed May 19, 2010 11:51 am

40 wpm on a three hour exam means about 7000 words which is lots (factor in reading time @ ~20% of allotted time to craft a concise, accurate, and thoughtful answer--leaving you about 2hrs 20mins to type). I know of posters here reporting 10k+ words written on an exam, which is awesome. While there is most likely a correlation between exam grades and words typed, I would assume that at some point diminishing returns kicks in (depending on the class/professor/subject).

On one hand, I wrote like 7K+ on a 3hr torts exam and most others I know wrote nowhere near that. I got a top 5 or so grade, but people with ~4.5k also received top grades. On the other hand, I wrote far less on a civpro exam and also got an A, but many others wrote much more than I did. Moreover, on word/character-limited exams (which are, in my opinion, crap), typing speed probably does not factor into your grade unless you have the reading comprehension skills of an infant or you have failed in managing your time.

OP: Bottom line, typing speed is not a necessary nor sufficient condition to do well on exams. It can be a huge help if you have a monster policy question at the end of an exam and you've happened to screw yourself on time management for the other parts, but if you've budgeted your time effectively (which is quite doable if you've adequately prepared) you should not need to write like 120 wpm to get a top grade.

Preparation and time management, ftw.

hth

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Re: Words per Minute

Postby d34d9823 » Wed May 19, 2010 11:52 am

Big Shrimpin wrote:40 wpm on a three hour exam means about 7000 words which is lots (factor in reading time @ ~20% of allotted time to craft a concise, accurate, and thoughtful answer--leaving you about 2hrs 20mins to type). I know of posters here reporting 10k+ words written on an exam, which is awesome. While there is most likely a correlation between exam grades and words typed, I would assume that at some point diminishing returns kicks in (depending on the class/professor/subject).

On one hand, I wrote like 7K+ on a 3hr torts exam and most others I know wrote nowhere near that. I got a top 5 or so grade, but people with ~4.5k also received top grades. On the other hand, I wrote far less on a civpro exam and also got an A, but many others wrote much more than I did. Moreover, on word/character-limited exams (which are, in my opinion, crap), typing speed probably does not factor into your grade unless you have the reading comprehension skills of an infant or you have failed in managing your time.

OP: Bottom line, typing speed is not a necessary nor sufficient condition to do well on exams. It can be a huge help if you have a monster policy question at the end of an exam and you've happened to screw yourself on time management for the other parts, but if you've budgeted your time effectively (which is quite doable if you've adequately prepared) you should not need to write like 120 wpm to get a top grade.

Preparation and time management, ftw.

hth

I would think that composing speed would be more of a limiting factor than typing speed on exams.

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Re: Words per Minute

Postby Big Shrimpin » Wed May 19, 2010 12:06 pm

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Re: Words per Minute

Postby Bankhead » Wed May 19, 2010 7:22 pm

105 wpm (6 mistakes). I still can only get in around 6k words on a 3 hour exam though.

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Re: Words per Minute

Postby reverendt » Wed May 19, 2010 7:36 pm

Typing speed really doesn't matter much on exams. It's more about how fast you think than how fast you type.
And no, the people who write longer exams do NOT get better grades. If anything, I think professors prefer concise answers.

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Re: Words per Minute

Postby DoubleChecks » Wed May 19, 2010 7:44 pm

using that co.uk site, i had 119 wpm w/ 3 mistakes...though 2 were me not capitalizing the i...lol

0 mistakes i was 113

my roommate is pretty insane; he averages above 145 and hits 165+ occasionally...he looks as if he's just slamming multiple keys at the same time on the keyboard, yet they spell words haha

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Re: Words per Minute

Postby Bankhead » Wed May 19, 2010 7:57 pm

reverendt wrote:Typing speed really doesn't matter much on exams. It's more about how fast you think than how fast you type.
And no, the people who write longer exams do NOT get better grades. If anything, I think professors prefer concise answers.


Well, yes, provided that you can actualy write a detailed and concise answer. Most 1L's cannot. Generally students who claim to be "concise" leave a bunch of shit out.

At least if you are writing longer answers, you are generally hitting more issues or engaging in more thorough analysis. When the prof. is grading off of a checklist, hitting more issues obviously is helpful.

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Re: Words per Minute

Postby thesealocust » Wed May 19, 2010 9:33 pm

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Re: Words per Minute

Postby RVP11 » Wed May 19, 2010 9:37 pm

I've been bottom 10% in words on the page and top 10% in grade on an exam. I'm talking under 10 pages when most people wrote 15+. If there's a correlation, it's a pretty weak one - at least for the professors who grade holistically rather than with a grid or checklist.
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Re: Words per Minute

Postby thesealocust » Wed May 19, 2010 9:38 pm

oops
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Re: Words per Minute

Postby RVP11 » Wed May 19, 2010 9:42 pm

thesealocust wrote:
RVP11 wrote:at least for the professors who grade holistically


Never encountered one of those. Not all use a grid or checklist, but the only alternative I've seen in the wild still give points for correct statements, just without an upper limit or pre-conceived explicit list of valid points.


Maybe I had unusual professors. Two of mine actually said there were a finite number of issues and they'd start taking (mental) points off when you tried to force the facts into law that wasn't really applicable. Looking at the grades of the people I know, they weren't lying.

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Re: Words per Minute

Postby thesealocust » Wed May 19, 2010 9:47 pm

oops
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