Handwriting & Keyboarding Speed

Handwriting Speed Literature Review

Grade Letters per minute Words per minute
1 20-32 4-6.4
2 20-35 4-7
3 25-45 5-9
4 35-55 7-11
5 40-65 8-13
6 45-70 9-14
7 60-75 12-15
8 70-90 14-18

Girls showed a higher average speed than boys, 22.3 wpm (girls) vs. 19.1 wpm (boys) in the 8th grade.

Keyboarding Skills

Grade Typing, words per minute
5th 8.5-10.5
6th 9-14
7th 11-16
8th 13-18

Adapted from: Ziviani, J. (1984). Perceptual and Motor Skills, 5b. 535-539

Honaker, D. (1999). Handwriting and Keyboarding Legibility/Speed of 5th and 8th grade students, a pilot study. Unpublished manuscript

Links:
Dyslexia
Dysgraphia
Fine Motor Milestones (Grasping and Hand Skills)
Cutting Progression