- 1 Best Online Typing Speed Test Games
- 2 Best Type Racing Competitions
- 2.1 1. Reckful vs Tyler1 in TypeRacer
- 2.2 2. A Viewer Challenges Reckful To Beat Him In Typeracer
- 2.3 3. The 2010 Typing Championship
- 2.4 4. iGumDrop Hits 203 WPN On TypeRacer
- 2.5 5. Reckful Beats Mitch Jones In Typeracer With Just 2 Fingers
- 2.6 6. 4 Back-to-back 200 Word Per Minute Races
- 2.7 7. Sean Wrona Type Racing
- 2.8 8. 300+ WPM? Woah…
- 2.9 9. Type God vs. LilyPichu
- 2.10 10. Typeracer – Reckful Loses It
- 3 The Weird World Of Typing Competitions
In our ongoing pursuit of examining hashtag and YouTube culture, we recently stumbled across the phenomenon of “type racing“. We initially discovered it trending on Instagram, with the #typeracer hashtag:
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It’s basically competitive typing.
One of the biggest players in this weird, but insanely fun, space, is the TypeRacer website. According to their About page, “The award-winning online typing competition, TypeRacer, allows people to race each-other by typing quotes from books, movies, and songs. It is the first multiplayer typing game on the web.”
TypeRacer Hall Of Fame Scores
As of January 2019, these are the Hall Of Fame Rankings:
|Rank||User||Points||Average Speed||# of Races|
|1||weightlessness (wordracer888)||11546826||121 wpm||216978|
|2||michael (deroche1)||8650915||138 wpm||280067|
|3||Shoemaker-Levy 9 (atthetop)||6148395||121 wpm||91350|
|4||(̶◉͛‿◉̶) (mark40511)||4978783||103 wpm||181075|
|5||mthd. (pjayys)||4858461||101 wpm||55583|
|6||Keegan ❄️ Tournay (keegant)||4750589||121 wpm||51723|
|7||wrmup (bblaise)||4672776||138 wpm||65946|
|8||mihCmihC ChimChimChim (chimchimchim)||4491740||117 wpm||154031|
|9||Jesse Albert Garcia (jessegarcia)||3947312||124 wpm||111938|
|10||mako (mako640)||3926936||156 wpm||48938|
|11||⦗𝐄𝐂𝐎𝐋⦘ ⦓☾✹✯𝚅𝚒𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚎✯. (viellain)||3886820||113 wpm||48314|
|12||Ronak (ronakkaria)||3749536||88 wpm||47059|
|13||:^) (styrofoam)||3696124||120 wpm||35553|
|14||vinni (vinninq)||3471239||135 wpm||39000|
|15||discord.gg/KJxCefG (shariqueahmer)||3458848||110 wpm||62861|
|16||ॐ ღ kelz ღ ॐ ♥ girls like me, do. (p0sh)||3454627||136 wpm||34221|
|17||Mr. lee's expository writing c. (kayak1)||3382411||112 wpm||82958|
|18||𝒸𝓇𝒾𝓀ℯ𝓎 ᵀ ᴱ ᴵ ᴸ ᴼ (teiloq)||3334223||104 wpm||42831|
|19||🌠Rubby🌠 (mikerubby)||2918000||77 wpm||47226|
|20||oneguardsam (oneguardsam)||2836774||77 wpm||103050|
As you can see, the top average speed is 156 WPM. It’s a good place to go for the unofficial fastest typer in the world.
Best Online Typing Speed Test Games
If you want to test your typing speed with a free online game Mavis Beacon-style, check out some of the most popular, free typing games online:
There are a bunch of diverse features- you can play with friends online, conduct a words per minute test on yourself, play against anonymous competitors, and just test yourself alone and record your stats to compare performance with other players around the world.
Best Type Racing Competitions
1. Reckful vs Tyler1 in TypeRacer
With over 5 million views as of this writing, this is one of the more popular competitions online. It pits two YouTube influencers against each other. It’s a pretty hilarious competition between the two with one of the competitors smashing his keyboard in frustration:
2. A Viewer Challenges Reckful To Beat Him In Typeracer
Another entertaining video again comes from Reckful. He, and what looks like his girlfriend, are playing Zelda when he gets challenged to a TypeRacer game. It’s another fun video. He plays a bunch of games with his subscribers, even losing to a guy from India that has over 25,000 played games on the TypeRacer website- insane!
3. The 2010 Typing Championship
This one isn’t a TypeRacer.com matchup- instead, it shows how Sean Wrona won the 2010 Das Keyboard Ultimate Typing Championship at SXSW in Austin facing off with Nate Bowen.
4. iGumDrop Hits 203 WPN On TypeRacer
The Malaysian influencer, iGumDrop, who describes herself on Twitter as a “twitch streamer/comp sci student • anime is life •” showed off some dazzling typing speed all the while dressed up in a shark costume. She displays a predatory focus and razor-sharp typing skills that blew the internet’s socks off:
5. Reckful Beats Mitch Jones In Typeracer With Just 2 Fingers
Reckful was at it again. This time beating a competitor using just two fingers. It’s another dominant display for the YouTuber with the furious fingers.
6. 4 Back-to-back 200 Word Per Minute Races
Another YouTuber, Kathy Chiang, posted a dazzling video of her typing speed, registering 4 straight 200+ WPM scores. It’s a dominant display and people in the comments section wonder why she isn’t more known or popular in this niche community. One person begged her to race Sean Wrona, a YouTuber who’s competed in the Ultimate Typing Championships. I want to see the match
7. Sean Wrona Type Racing
One of Sean Wrona’s top typing videos is the one below. He uses TypeRacer and 10fastfingers.com. He makes sure to show the clock in his video to verify to his viewers that he’s not cheating somehow.
8. 300+ WPM? Woah…
The Henry Zhou YouTuber posted a video of him breaking the legendary 300 WPM barrier. There’s some debate about whether it’s real or not, but the YouTuber says that you can watch him on Twitch where he’s pursuing 400 WPM.
9. Type God vs. LilyPichu
In this protracted competition the two face off with frequently hilarious results and interchanges:
10. Typeracer – Reckful Loses It
In this video, Reckful gets a bit obsessed with his typing. Hilarity ensues:
The Weird World Of Typing Competitions
Do you think you have the fastest fingers around? Can you type a response on Facebook in a flash and have it posted before everyone else can even read the original post? Maybe you are ready to enter a typing competition.
What is a typing competition?
It is just what it sounds like. You compete to see who has the fastest fingers, but that is not all there is to it. Many people can type at a blazing 100+ words per minute until they need to make sure all the spelling is perfect. Then it can drop down to a more mundane 50 words per minute or less.
Typing competitions require you to be fast and accurate. Your flying fingers can land you in trouble if you are leaving a trail of misspelled words and missing punctuation in your wake.
There are a couple of people who have shown how to hack TypeRacergame and produce insane WPM scores that no human could ever achieve.
Another Python bot auto-plays the game- but commenters weren’t impressed by the speed:
HackerNoon also produced a long blog post describing how to cheat at the game using the Chrome Inspector tool and jquery.
Why would you enter a competition?
There are several reasons to compete.
First, you can have fun competing against others. You might go down in flames as the slowest in the competition, but you can still have fun. Expect to get a lot of jokes about your quality and speed if you fail.
Second, it is great practice to improve your typing ability. How often do you really push yourself to improve? Think how much better you could become as a writer, and typist if you focused on eliminating errors and making your fingers fly as fast as your mind. Competition gives you the motivation to improve.
Third, some competitions actually give out prizes. You can find typing competitions that pay in cash, give out gifts and gift cards.
Fourth, it could help you get a better job. If your typing improves, you could become a valuable asset to data entry firms, offices and as a writer.
How fast does a fast typist type?
The average typist can do around 40 words per minute, so start by making sure you are faster than that.
The fastest typist on record hit 212 words per minute but was not using a standard QWERTY keyboard. She typed on a Dvorak keyboard which is optimized for speed.
Where can I find typing competitions?
They used to happen in schools, but now most competitions have moved online. If you do a quick search you can find competitions going on regularly.
Are there other types of typing competitions?
There are some very fun games online that are a constant typing competition. You immerse yourself in a multi-player game where your car drives as fast as you can accurately type. Once again, you must learn to type fast and with precision to win, but isn’t that the goal anyway?
If you play a typing game online and you intend to post your scores to social media- try using some of these powerful hashtags to get extra visibility:
How can I practice?
You can find many online sites that allow you to practice your typing and track your speed and accuracy. Many of these sites are free. Some sites provide upgrades which step you through typing training to help you improve your methods, speed and accuracy.
Typing competitions can be a lot of fun, but are an even better way to help you improve your skills. Imagine how much more confident you will be sitting behind a keyboard when you know your fingers can type fast and accurately.