Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Typing on a computer keyboardShort for Words Per Minute, WPM is a metric used to calculate one's proficiency with a keyboard by counting how many words can be typed without making any errors, in one minute. For example, many companies that regularly use computers require new employees to take a typing test, measured in WPM, as part of the hiring process.

Tip: See our NWAM term for information about calculating your WPM.

Tip: Including your WPM on your résumé helps demonstrate to the employer how proficient you are at the computer and typing.

GWAM, Keyboard terms, Word