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How to improve your typing accuracy

Typing Faster is Better – Except When it’s Not!

Imagine going to see a performance by the World’s Fastest Pianist.

He sits down at the piano, flexes his fingers, and starts to play the fastest song in the world.

The audience is stunned by how fast his fingers fly across the keyboard… except for the fact that every few notes he misses a key.

Pretty quickly the audience’s expressions of awe and amazement turn to complete disappointment. Sure, the speed of his fingers is still impressive, but the song just sounds horrible.

While you may cringe more when mistakes are made on a piano keyboard than a computer keyboard, the same logic applies.

It’s great to be fast, but speed only matters if it’s partnered with accuracy.

Typing accurately makes a difference.

It makes you look smarter, when you can produce reports, assignments, and emails without typos.

It also helps you type faster, without being slowed down by fixing errors.

So, what can you do to improve your typing accuracy?

How to improve your typing accuracy

We value typing accuracy so much here at Typing.com, that accuracy is incentivized in every part of the site.

To help students train for accuracy as well as speed, whenever you mistype a letter, you hear a thunk and the letter becomes red.

typing accuracy

Then, with each completed lesson we show students not only their speed, but also accuracy scores to give them motivation in both categories.

Stars are also awarded for accuracy at the end of each lesson. So while it’s fun to unlock badges as you go through lessons, the number of stars collected is actually what matters more.

Getting more stars means that you’re getting better, not just completing lessons.

While all of our lessons train and reward accuracy, here are three excellent exercises for intermediate/advanced typists to specifically hone in these accuracy skills.

Accuracy Drills

In this lesson, you will improve your accuracy by typing simple paragraphs containing all the letters of the alphabet, numbers, and special symbols. All screens in this lesson require at least 90% accuracy!

Keyboard Climber

In this game, with each key you press, you help the monkey climb up. Miss even one letter though, and he tumbles all the way down. Starting from scratch is frustrating enough that you’ll be sure to shape up your accuracy in no time.


In this game you must type quickly and accurately in a race against other real-time players online. Not only does typing accurately help your car go faster, but at the end of each race accuracy rates above 95% earn you game cash to purchase cooler cars, etc.

By making use of these tips and tools, you’ll hone accuracy while also building speed.

For Teachers: Setting typing accuracy targets

Motor skills and dexterity develop with age, so there are different expectations for different ages of typists.

With a free Teacher Account on Typing.com, you can set the accuracy thresholds yourself, defining minimum accuracy thresholds for 2 and 3 stars that suit your students.

Click “Account” in the Teacher Portal menu to access this setting.

How to determine the right accuracy threshold for your class

As millions of students have gone through our typing lessons, we have developed a basic set of accuracy thresholds based on a student’s grade in school:

K-2: 80-85%
3-5: 85-90%
6-12: 90-95%

While these are the targets we recommend, they’re not set in stone.

If you’re a teacher, you can set the standards yourself by giving your students a few practice lessons and then tracking their average accuracy through the portal. Then you may use the results to determine standards for the class.

We really appreciate your help in reinforcing the importance of typing accuracy, not just speed, with your students.

And now you can make improving accuracy fun with the help of Accuracy Drills, Keyboard Climber, and NitroType!


6 thoughts on “How to improve your typing accuracy

  1. Good day Mike

    Thank you for insightful emails about touch typing.

    I started at a late age (35) with touch typing when my typing WPM was only 8 words.

    I tried several typing programs THEN, I fought Typing.com and Nitro-Type and I got hooked on improving my touch typing.

    Today I can type between 50 to 70 (on good days) WPM and all thanks to Typing.com and Nitro-Type and my accuracy is between 90% to 95%.

    But these days I am getting frustrated because it looks like I am stuck with my current WPM speed and accuracy as I still want to improve my WPM and accuracy but it seems there is no improvement. I trained a lot on improving my touch typing speed and accuracy but somehow I do not see the improvements coming.

    I must say, your articles on touch typing does help as I enjoy reading it.

    Keep up the excellent work you and your team are doing because the world is benefiting from it as I am evidence of it.

    Kind regards,
    Renco Robinson
    From South Africa

    1. Dear Renco,

      Great to hear about your progress! It’s also great to hear that you’re practicing with Nitro Type, as it’s one of the best methods of enhancing your speed.

      In regards to hitting a plateau, here are some suggestions for you—
      If you are already touch typing without looking down at your fingers, perhaps what’s holding you back at this point is more mental than physical. Check out our article on 5 tips to boost your typing speed for some mental exercises to perform before you type.

      In addition, as you type, try thinking about simply touching or grazing the keys rather than pressing down on them. This is a technique used by concert pianists that has worked for me!

      Kind regards,
      Mike Gecawich

  2. Mike hello, I just wanted to thank you for the information about the different keyboards. I didn’t know that, but it makes sense that someone would think of that. I learned something new today. Thanks, Caroline

  3. Hi! I notised in this article that you mention how you are rewarded cash for above 95% accuracy on Nitro Type. As you know, it is 97% and above, though I don’t know if you can edit it or not!
    On another note, I’d like to thank you for typing.com and for Nitro Type, which I love! My speed and accuracy has been drastically increased! 😀

  4. The faster you can type, the faster you can complete all of these tasks—and the more productive you can be. Typing remains a fundamental skill, and it is still one of the most important computer skills you can learn. Learning to type fast and accurately will help you in many ways in life, and it should be considered an essential skill for anyone who sees themselves working with a computer in some capacity.

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