Are You a Touch Typist?

I have been working with the same employer for three years now. Three years and four months to be exact. Graduating with a degree in Industrial Engineering (a.k.a Management Engineering), I took part in a management training program in preparation for the job I was called for.

You may find it weird that my first work experience was in the medical field. I was part of the then-Healthcare Business Unit of the company. The training program had something to do with medical transcription (MT) which is an allied health profession, which deals in the process of transcription, or converting voice-recorded reports as dictated by physicians or other healthcare professionals, into text format.

Industrial Engineering and Medical Transcription? I KNOW, RIGHT?

Well, that was my initial reaction when I learned what the training program was all about. I was only enlightened with the nature of the job during our first day orientation. To put it simply, in order to lead and manage people, one must also learn the core job functions of your staff. Since we were supposed to manage a group of medical transcriptionists, we had to start from the bottom-up.

A few major things expected in our daily classroom-setup training are the following:

  1. Learn the different states in America since our clientele are US-based. Once on-board, the time difference will be a critical element in meeting the expected turnaround time (TAT).
  2. The ability to tell native American speakers from non-native ones.
  3. Wider knowledge and familiarity with common medical terminologies.

Based on personal experience, the files with non-native American speakers are the most difficult ones to transcribe. Every day, we were expected to transcribe two to three files with minimal errors as practice. It may sound like a piece of cake, but it wasn’t. I have to admit, though, that the third and last items on my list above put me in a better position than my co-trainees.

Now, onto speed typing. On our first day of training, we had to record our initial typing speed test scores. At the end of every week, we were expected to beat our own personal record. Modesty aside, I scored 55 words per minute (wpm) in my first try, and it fell under the fast/touch typing category. According to Wikipedia, the average typing speed is 35wpm. Most of my co-trainees fell under this category, thus I was referred to as a touch typist. I guess pulling those all-nighters, chatting over Yahoo! Messenger (instead of studying) did me well, too. Just kidding! KIDS, DO NOT LISTEN TO ME!

It’s unfortunate, however, that after two months, there had been a change in management, and they were forced to discontinue the training program. In effect, I lost my job because the last ones to get in were the first to leave. Well, I’d say it was a blessing in disguise because three weeks later, I was re-employed by the same company for a different business unit. Though the training program ended soon, I still learned a lot from the experience.

Earlier today, I thought of taking the test again (one try only), and this was what I got:

Ha! I never realized that my typing speed has improved this much! Why not try it just for kicks (no cheating!), too? Test your typing speed here, and let me know what you got. Have fun, guys!

P.S. Shout-out to all new followers! I hope you enjoy your stay here. :)

5 thoughts on “Are You a Touch Typist?

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  2. Jae, a very long time ago ;-), I took secretarial classes in high school. I had three years of typing, two years of shorthand, and I learned some bookkeeping. I was first in my class in typing and could type 75 wpm without error. I took the test you linked to, and I typed 83 wpm, but my errors dragged it down to 73. Still not too bad, and it was fun. Thanks!! :-)



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