There's nothing like a program that demonstrates that you know diddly squat about typing. RapidTyping is such a program. Designed as a tool to help you type in an organized manner, it takes you through a series of lessons, each more carpal syndrome inducing than the other.
Lessons in RapidTyping revolve around specific groups of characters. You will need to type them in sequence while also following the recommendations. You will be instructed to use specific fingers on specific keys. A proficient typist will inadvertently form a constant model of typing with two hands. But that can happen either naturally (from typing a lot) or artificially (by forcing yourself to type in a certain way. I myself have managed to type fairly well, using 8 fingers (I own all 10 of them). So taking this course felt very restricting and rather unnatural. My finger muscles would contract almost constantly while I was trying to respect the suggestions. Even now, as I am typing this my knuckles tingle at the thought.
What I liked about RapidTyping though, were the tests at the end of the course. These tests require you to reproduce a normal text without seeing your input and without backspacing. However, you could see your cursor on the original text and could get your bearings this way. The program measures your WPM and also provides different statistics regarding how well you type certain letters and how well you handle text in general.
The program is designed so that you can create groups with different users. Each user can set up a password, although I did not see any log in interface or specific statistics for each user. The feature looks like a stub.
- Guided typing exercises
- Timed tests
- Detailed results
- Custom options for behavior during lessons and test content
RapidTyping is rather adequate to test your typing speed and accuracy, but I wouldn't recommend it for learning to type. I think that the best tools for learning that are typing games, in which you must type random words in a limited amount of time. In this way, no matter how weird your method of typing is, you will be forced to adapt as to use more fingers and both hands.