Typing has become such a ubiquitous part of our culture that most people forget what it was like before they knew how. Being able to type quickly and accurately can open up doors in the professional world, and it’s nearly a requirement for anyone in higher education. Ratatype is a free web-application that people can use to improve their typing skills.
Fast typing involves more than just memorizing the placement of keys on a keyboard. When you use Ratatype, you’ll learn the proper sitting posture, home row finger positions, and ideal finger motions. Take a sample quiz to find out how many words per minute you can type. Depending on your skill level, Ratatype may invite you to login to get a certificate and enter your high score. If you’re not happy with the outcome of the test, keep trying. Ratatype encourages you to get certified an unlimited number of times. Only your best score will count toward certification. Depending on your speed and accuracy, you may achieve a silver, gold, or platinum certificate.
Once you start using Ratatype, it can be difficult to stop. Because the application is web-based, you can take tests and improve your scores from any location—work, school, even a coffee shop. Not only can improved typing skills help you land a better job, but they can also save you time each day.
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