Don’t Stress Over the Keyboard!

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Keyboard Kinetics is one of the first modules you encounter in the MTE program, and we hear from lots of students who are worried about typing fast enough to successfully pass it off.  However, it’s usually not difficult to ease the anxiety and bring even the rustiest keyboarding skills up to par once you realize a few key things.

First of all, with the abundant use of computer technology, keyboarding has pretty much become a basic life skill in 2014, so you likely already know how to type.  Most of us learned keyboarding in school at some point, but even if school is a distant memory, keyboarding is like riding a bike—once you know how, you don’t forget—so the task at hand is really just to dust off the old skills and polish them up. The best way to improve existing typing skills is to practice, and there’s a lot of that ahead of you in the program! Please note: If you do not know how to type at all, we recommend taking a separate keyboarding class in addition to Keyboard Kinetics before you reach the MT/MTE practicum. The material in your program will teach proper finger placement and go through a number of basic exercises to help you learn to type. If you are an experienced typist just trying to increase your speed, this module can help you too! Your home-grown hunt-n-peck method just won’t cut it when the size of your paycheck at least partially depends on your key boarding skills!

Second, do not feel as though you must be lightning fast. The keyboarding speed threshold to pass the tests in this module is only 30 words per minute (wpm), which is within almost everyone’s reach.  If you already have keyboarding experience, you are likely to be able to pass the tests easily right off the bat or with just a little practice. If you want, you can go directly to these speed tests and give them a try. If you don’t pass them, dig into the module and practice until you can pass. If you pass all six tests easily, you’re done! Just move on to the next module.

Third, don’t get stuck here! You can work on Keyboard Kinetics at the same time as you move forward with the other modules; you don’t have to pass the speed tests first. We recommend you spend about 10 to 15 minutes in Keyboard Kinetics every time you access your course to warm up and practice, so just make it part of your routine. If you consistently practice, you can’t help but get better and better.  We guarantee it!


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  1. Hannah June 14, 2014

    I’m so glad I found this! I have been a little worried about having a 60 WPM score, but I’ll definitely keep working on it little by little. I also have a question about the medical word building module. I’m a little stressed about remembering all the root words. When I take a test, I can usually pair up all of the roots with their definitions except a couple. Is that good enough to move on to the next section of words? I don’t want to get stuck on a section for longer than I have to, but I’m worried about how well my memory will serve me in the workforce. Thanks!

  2. MT/MTE Instructor June 16, 2014

    Hi Hannah, there is a ton of information in Medical Word Building. The good news is that we do not expect you to memorize it all. Our course is open book/open notes. This means that you can look up anything you are unsure of. Developing your researching skills as an MT/MTE is far more important than trying to memorize everything. As long as you know the basics and how to find the information you don’t know, you are fine! I hope this helps!

  3. Cori July 01, 2014

    I read where I only need to reach 30 WPM on the keyboarding test. I have reached that or done better but it still shows on my gradebook I have not passed them. Just wondering if I’m reading something wrong and what I need to do to pass them.

  4. MT/MTE Instructor July 02, 2014

    Cori, there is a glitch in the wording for that module in the gradebook. As long as you have yellow or green boxes behind those scores, you have passed and can move forward.  I hope this information helps clarify! Please let us know if you have any further questions or concerns. Thank you!

  5. Cori July 02, 2014

    Thank you! I was beginning to stress about it.

  6. Kim April 07, 2016

    I am currently a student in the Course Healthcare Tech, Pt.1. I am having a challenge with the keyboard modules. I have one to pass and have not been successful. I will continue practicing as well.

  7. MT/MTE Instructor April 12, 2016

    Kim, definitely keep practicing daily. Remember, you only need 30 wpm to pass those speed tests. I’m sure with just a bit more daily practice, you’ll be able to pass that one you’re having trouble with. Keep up the good work!

  8. Kim April 12, 2016

    Thank you so much for the insight and now after practicing the keyboarding a bit more, I have began typing 35 wpm!! I have passed the module as well.

    Hi Kim!
    Thank you for your comment and congratulations on passing the module!

    Best wishes!


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