Numeric Keyboarding Skills
Ten-key speed and accuracy are required for many entry-level positions. Any job that requires a computer and data entry may require numeric keyboarding skills. Many jobs may require you to use either a ten-key calculator and/or the ten-key pad on a computer keyboard everyday.
Learning ten key is a little bit different than learning to type. The home row contains the numbers 4,5,and 6, and is typed by the index finger, middle finger and ring finger respectively. The right hand is used, though there are left handed people who modify ten key for the left hand or use an attachable keypad. There are also some keyboards with the ten key pad on the left side of the keyboard. Instead of measuring speed of ten key proficiency with words per minute (wpm) measurements as in typing, ten key is measured in either keys per minute (kpm), strokes per minute (spm) or keys per hour (kph). Minimal proficiency in ten key is considered at least 140 kpm, though some companies which require only a little data entry might accept less.
You are expected to complete the nine numeric keyboarding groups of timed writings. The final grade is based on average speed and error rate per group. Once you are satisfied with your results, print the keypad timed writings report and hand it in.
An expected accuracy rate of 95% (error rate of 5%) or higher is expected for each group of timed writings. You can repeat a group of timed writings as often as you wish. Error rates of greater than 5% will result in a deduction of points.
You can calculate your grade by downloading this Excel spreadsheet. TenKeyGradeCalculator