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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
    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.

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    • #3
      Re: Convert KPH to WPM

      How would you calculate the opposite?

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      • #4
        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, 03:54 PM.

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        • #5
          Re: Convert WPM to KPH

          I think you have a typo. "KPH / 300 = WPH"...shouldn't that be WPM? Minute not hour?

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          • #6
            Re: Convert WPM to KPH

            Agreed, and since this was the first Google hit I'd like to second that motion

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            • #7
              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.

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              • #8
                Re: Convert WPM to KPH

                Thanks, this helped me a lot.

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                • #9
                  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?

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                  • #10
                    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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                    • #11
                      Re: Convert WPM to KPH

                      Okay, I tried the typing test (which was rather cool!) but it just gives wpm, so it wasn't all that useful.

                      I did ask one of my colleagues about wpm vs kph, and he said he did not know if there was a specific 'formula' or not, but thought it's just a gross count of keystrokes - in other words, not just the "letters" (a b c, etc) but every individual time you hit a key. (He said he thought of wpm as 'net' count, and kph as a 'gross' count). So, periods, spaces in between words, and every character counts as a keystroke. I think that makes sense, since it's called 'keystrokes per hour.' If this is the case, I think the only way you could calculate kph is to outright count each character and space. Isn't wpm just a straight calculation of the letters themselves? - no characters or spaces?

                      I feel like I'm on a quest now LOL

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                      • #12
                        Re: Convert WPM to KPH

                        WPM does not count spaces, and I am not sure if KPH does or not.

                        So if the numbers do not line up directly then its a good chance that its because KPH counts spaces.

                        If you want we can create a test. Find a paragraph or several paragraphs of text then time yourself while you type it up, send it to me so I can strip the spaces and count the actual non-space characters.

                        Then maybe we can fine-tune the conversion factor to take into account the average number of spaces.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Convert WPM to KPH

                          I find that almost everyone I know overestimates their typing speed, based on the fastest time they have ever done it perhaps!!

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                          • #14
                            Re: Convert WPM to KPH

                            Perhaps its because typing tests are fairly short. A person can type very fast for short periods, but they couldn't keep it up over the course of a day.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Convert WPM to KPH

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

                              Thanks!
                              please tell me how many kph is equivalent to 45 wpm. is there a formula? I appreciate any help

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