The growing imperative for Typing Skills

Good typing skills are becoming more and more critical

Community and educational expectations regarding the necessity of teaching typing skills are changing rapidly. 

In the past generation we have seen a transition from typing being the preserve of professional secretaries to a critical main stream skill for every member of the community. This change is rapidly being reflected in curriculum statements, educational practice and community expectations. 

The following resources reference this change that is gathering pace.

To download a brochure summarising all of this information click here.

Graham East


Managing Director EdAlive

Official Curricula

Australia: Typing in the School Curricula and Syllabi

A State-by-State exploration of the requirements for keyboarding in the official curricula documents.

New ACARA Literacy Progressions now focus on typing skills

The Literacy Progressions have been updated to better reflect the need for advanced typing skills.

Keyboarding and Typing in the United States Common Core State Standards

Schools in the United States are obliged to teach typing skills that equate to approximately 40 WPM (Words Per Minute) by Year 6.

NAPLAN Online and touch typing

Be prepared for NAPLAN Online with Typing Tournament Online

Typing Tournament Online prepares students for NAPLAN Online from Year 2 where they are gaining keyboard familiarity necessary for the Year 3 NAPLAN Online test all the way to the typing requirements in the Year 9 test.

75% of Principals want to improve students’ keyboarding and typing skills before NAPLAN Online.

This survey commissioned by the Australian Primary Principals Association documents the feed back from Principals whose schools participated in the NAPLAN Online trials.

Principals and Teachers affirm the place of typing skills in NAPLAN Online

A series of news paper and journal articles that reference the importance of good typing skills when approaching NAPLAN Online.

Official NAPLAN Online Information – State by State

Each Australian State and Territory publishes information regarding the transition to NAPLAN Online.

HSC – Online testing requiring typed input

New NSW HSC Requirements Depend on Touch Typing Skills

Details of the new HSC online basic skills test and the place of typing skills in the process.

SACE (South Australian Certificate of Education) Electronic Exam and typing

Details of the new SACE Electronic Exams and the place of good typing skills in the process.

Mooted standards based test for VCE

The Victorian Department of Education is exploring the introduction of a minimum standards test for the HSC.

West Australian Certificate of Education

Details about the WA HSC minimum standards.

Other Online testing requiring typed input

NSW – VALID science assessment

The Validation of Assessment for Learning and Individual Development program provides online end-of-stage assessments for the science key learning area.

The place of touch typing in literacy

The critical place of touch typing in literacy (video interview with a literacy teacher)

Catherine Oelhman – Video interview with Graham East.

Academic Research and Standards

Why does Australia lag behind the rest of the world in the teaching of typing skills?

A Discussion on Gwendolyn Alderman’s Master’s thesis “From Rhetoric to Practice: Issues in Teaching and Learning Touch Keyboarding”

 Australian Standard – Keyboarding Speed Tests AS 2708-2001

Standards Australia has defined typing speed. Typing Tournament Online is built on this Standard.