Updated: 08/02/2020 by Computer Hope
Typing on a computer keyboard

Short for words per minute, WPM is a metric used to calculate one's proficiency with a keyboard by counting how many words they type 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.


See our NWAM term for information about calculating your WPM.


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

Computer acronyms, GWAM, Keyboard terms, Word