This program is designed to test your typing speed and error rate
while copying a text. The rules of assessment in this program are those used by
the National Institute of Technical Education. When developing this program we
also worked with the State Shorthand Institute. Assessment of the text copied
has been work out in such as way so as to conform to the existing educational
The program acts like a perfect testing tool. Prior to the actual
copying, you have to set a number of optional parameters.
The editor may allow or forbid the use of the following keys:
Backspace and Delete
cursor arrows, Home and End (under cursor movement)
F5 ("Pause", which is used to interrupt the timer).
The editor also provides an elaborate way of presenting the sample
text. The scrolling of the sample text is arranged to be continual and so the
user will not waste time browsing the pages. When the continual scrolling of
text is started, the program highlights the next word to be copied and the
scrolling proceeds automatically.
Prior to the start of copying, you are free to choose some additional
the text file containing the sample text
time limit for copying
rules for the calculation of net speed
definition of scores for individual characters
data on the user doing the test
Throughout the test, the status bar at the bottom of the main
window will keep displaying the basic data set on the editor as well as the
The program enables you to set:
The marking color is used to highlight the cursor and the
The main window of the editor is divided into two parts
Part 1 (the upper window) contains the sample text
Part 2 (the lower window) contains the text either as it is being written by
the user or as the final result after assessment.
The final result after assessment is shown every time the test is
over. It highlights all the errors made. The upper figure on each line tells
you the error count on the respective line, the lower figure gives the number
of gross strokes. These statistics are cumulative, that is, they add up with
each new line.
The errors are then classified into three basic categories:
(Look at following picture and lower window.)
Text in excess - is underlined twice (characters "mm").
Text missing - is marked by right bracket (character "h").
Text altered - is underlined only once (character "v").
The Text in excess is not counted among the gross strokes.
Therefore, the text in our example has been awarded thirteen strokes. Letter
"L" is worth two point, the others are worth one point only. (The grading of
individual characters has to be defined before the start of each test in the
"Characters" section.) Consequently, the line contains characters worth the
total of 13 points and 3 errors, as indicated at the beginning of the line.
The differences between words can easily be checked by means of a
special function, whereby the upper window will automatically scroll to that
word on which you have clicked in the lower window.
As soon as the copying has finished, you can review the course of
the whole test. It is enough to click on Re-Play , where there are commands
facilitating the re-play of the entire text written. The text gradually moves
through the lower window. In the course of test, the program recorded data on
every stroke made including the time needed. As a result, the re-play is able
to replicate the original pattern of typing speed quite faithfully.
All the above data can be saved in the Results file with the
extension of ".2tst" so that you can always check the results already achieved.
It can be done using a command in the menu of "Load Results".
The "File" menu offers a lot of possibilities. The program is able
to save the text copied in a text file so you may compare two text files of a
You may wish to create your own test. If you do, the file will be
coded, assigned an unambiguous identification number and will bear the
extension of "ttst". The test may then be tried by a number of users and their
respective results may be compared. During the test, the editor will be set in
a particular way in order to give equal conditions to all those taking part,
which guarantees that the comparison will indeed be just.
The test you have prepared can be activated by means of the command
"Load Typing Test" (the F4 key).
Before you start copying, you can read the description of the test,
information about its author, limits set on the editor, the method of
calculating net strokes, the league table of the best users on the Internet,
etc. The only data you are allowed to edit are those about yourself in the
"User" section. You will be given enough time to see the whole text, choose the
colors and font sizes in the editor. And as soon as you have closed the "Start"
dialogue, the time will get counted.
The Internet lists all the tests that have been made public. A
table of the best results is attached to each test. Every test file comes
complete with information on its level of difficulty and its popularity with
the users. You can compare the best results over a chosen period of time.
After a successful completion of a test, you may register your
result on the Internet in the corresponding table of the best results. The
assessment may also be sent out. If the test is not popular, it will appear at
the bottom of the list of publicly available tests.