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#1
01-24-2006, 06:46 AM
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Convert WPM to KPH

I am trying to find out how to convert words per minute to keystrokes per hour. Any help would be great!

Thanks!
#2
01-25-2006, 03:59 AM
 Robert Fogt Administrator Join Date: Dec 2005 Location: Seattle, WA Posts: 3,414 Rep Power: 12
Re: Convert WPM to KPH

In the U.S. the reference word for typing tests is paris, so a word is 5 characters.

words/minute * 5 = keystrokes/minute
keystrokes/minute * 60 = keystrokes/hour

So the simplified formula would be:
words/minute * 300 = keystrokes/hour

It should be noted however, that other countries use different reference words. So the above would only be correct for countries with a 5 letter references word, such as the U.S.
#3
05-16-2006, 04:27 PM
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Re: Convert KPH to WPM

How would you calculate the opposite?
#4
05-17-2006, 02:18 AM
 Robert Fogt Administrator Join Date: Dec 2005 Location: Seattle, WA Posts: 3,414 Rep Power: 12
Re: Convert WPM to KPH

You would divide, instead of multiplying.

WPM * 300 = KPH
KPH / 300 = WPM

Last edited by Robert Fogt; 01-16-2007 at 04:54 PM.
#5
08-16-2006, 08:37 AM
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Re: Convert WPM to KPH

I think you have a typo. "KPH / 300 = WPH"...shouldn't that be WPM? Minute not hour?
#6
01-16-2007, 03:15 PM
 baldmosher Guest Posts: n/a
Re: Convert WPM to KPH

Agreed, and since this was the first Google hit I'd like to second that motion
#7
01-16-2007, 04:57 PM
 Robert Fogt Administrator Join Date: Dec 2005 Location: Seattle, WA Posts: 3,414 Rep Power: 12
Re: Convert WPM to KPH

Right you are, I edited it to make sense.

Just to make things very clear:

Words Per Minute * 300 = Keystrokes Per Hour
Keystrokes Per Hour / 300 = Words Per Minute

It should also be clear that this is true in the U.S. Other countries may have different reference words so it may differ slightly.
#8
01-17-2007, 07:49 AM
 Kelee Guest Posts: n/a
Re: Convert WPM to KPH

Thanks, this helped me a lot.
#9
01-23-2007, 07:01 PM
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Re: Convert WPM to KPH

Okay, I'm a little befuddled here. I have been typing about 12,000 kph (per my employer), and I'm in the top 3 of my division. According to this formula, that makes me about 40 wpm. I know I'm way faster than 40. So, I calculated the inverse of 80 wpm (which I believe I'm somewhere near) and according to this formula that would be about 24,000 which I'm pretty sure is completely inhumanely possible. The highest I've personally ever seen is 15,000. I'm a little slow when it comes to math, and I can't analyze the formula. Are you sure this is correct?
#10
01-25-2007, 11:44 PM
 Robert Fogt Administrator Join Date: Dec 2005 Location: Seattle, WA Posts: 3,414 Rep Power: 12
Re: Convert WPM to KPH

Yes thats accurate for the U.S. Your country may have a different reference word. In the US it is a 5 character word.

The average web surfing person types at 20 to 25 wpm, while the average data entry person types at 38 to 40 wpm. A speed of 80 wpm is very fast, its possible, but few can do it.

Try this typing test here:
http://www.onlineconversion.com/typingtest.htm

It is not very accurate, because most people can type quickly for short periods of time, but less quickly for longer periods which most typing tests include. But it gives a general idea.

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