Updated: 05/03/2022 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 typing.

What is the average WPM?

The world's average typing speed is around 40 WPM.

What is a good WPM?

You'll begin to notice an improvement in your productivity when you have a consistent WPM of 65 or more. Companies hiring anyone who will be typing look for anyone who has a 60 WPM or faster. The higher your WPM, the more likely you'll be considered for such a job.

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