Typing Test Instructions

Want to Make Your Own Typing Test?

Important Note: Using the Firefox browser is not recommended. See below.

Step 1: Modify the Google Spreadsheet Template

  • Make a copy of this template. (You'll need to sign-in with your Google account.)
  • Edit the Title and Text of each test. Delete the title of any test you don't want to use.
  • Set the Time (minutes) of each test.
    • The test will end once all the text has been typed, even if there is time remaining.
    • If time is left empty the test will not end until all text has been typed.
    • Maximum test time is 10:00.
  • Optional: Add an email address in the Email Results to line to automatically receive test results.
    • You can use multiple email addresses separated by commas.
    • (Be sure you can receive emails from noreply@flippity.net.)
  • Label your typing tests by changing the name of the worksheet (at the bottom).
  • Do not edit any cell with a blue background.

Step 2: Publish Your Spreadsheet

  • Go to File, Publish to the Web…, then click Publish.

Step 3: Get Your Flippity.net Link

  • Click on the Get the Link Here tab of the template (at the bottom).
  • Click on the Flippity.net link to see your typing test page.

Step 4: Bookmark and Share

  • Bookmark the page to find it again quickly.
  • Share the Flippity.net link with anyone you want to take your typing tests.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are the results calculated?

  • Typing speed is calculated in words per minute (WPM). A word is defined as any five characters including spaces.
  • Accuracy is the ratio of correctly typed letters to all letters typed expressed as a percentage.
  • Adjusted speed is the typing speed taking into account only correctly typed letters.
  • (Test takers may use backspace to correct their typing during the test.)

Why is Firefox not recommended?

  • Pressing the backspace key on the keyboard while using the Firefox browser is equivalent to pressing the back button. This means test takers may inadvertently be sent back to a previous page during their test and lose their progress.
  • It is possible to disable the backspace function in Firefox:
    • Type about:config in the address bar.
    • Scroll down to browser.backspace_action.
    • Change the value from 0 to 2.