For each of the 16 levels there is a master screen through which students progress. Students progress through each screen in order starting with the Lesson and progressing to the exit Test at the end of the Level. They must pass the Test to progress to the next level. When students enter the Level for the first time only the Lesson is available.
As students complete the various elements displayed on the right of the screen subsequent activities are unlocked. The controlled, ordered progression through the elements builds muscle memory and gives ample opportunity to practise and build skill. Once an element in a Level is unlocked the student may return to it at any time to practise further.
The Level screen shows the activities available at each level.
Each of the activities within a Level target the focus keys for that Level.
Each Lesson consists of three parts, and focuses on four or five keys.
The first part of the lesson sets out the focus keys, and give you other information about hand and finger positions as well as other useful tips.
The second part of the lesson is a demonstration of how to type correctly using the focus keys. Click the Start Demo button when you are ready to watch.
The final part of the lesson is an interactive exercise where you can get to know the focus keys. Type each line of the exercise as it appears.
Drills are designed to train you to type the correct key at the first attempt. If you type an incorrect key, your keystroke will not show on the screen; only the letters that you type correctly will show.
There are 3 different types of Drill.
Tip: You can exit a drill at any time by clicking the End button.
A countdown timer runs at the start of each Drill to give you enough time to get comfortable and ready to type as accurately as you can until the progress bar is full.
As you finishing typing each section of content, new content will appear on the screen.
If you hesitate for more than 2 seconds, the animation at the bottom of the screen will show you the next key and its correct finger.
Level 1 “Mountains” Drill 1
At the end of each drill you will be given a report showing your speed and the number of incorrect keystrokes made.
In addition to lessons, drills and tests, Typing Tournament Online also provides three engaging games.
Before you start playing, each of the games will calculate your target score. If you can reach the target score for the game, you are ready to attempt the test. Your target score is calculated with reference to the speed and accuracy level. You are also allowed a small number of “lives” in proportion to these requirements.
Your castle is being attacked! Type the words correctly to bombard the invaders with barrels and prevent them from reaching the top of the castle wall!
A fun-loving dragon has found your store of gunpowder and is lighting fuses with his fiery breath! Each powder keg has its own keyboard letter. Hit the correct keys to aim your water bombs and put out the fuses before it’s too late!
It’s that dragon again and he’s after you! You’ll have to type furiously fast to make it through the passage of text, stay ahead of the dragon and escape to the tower – otherwise you’ll get a toasting!
Tests enable you to move from one level to another, until you finally finish your Quest. Each time you pass a test in a different Level, the Pass Test screen shows you another part of a picture that is gradually being revealed as you advance through the Quest. Passing the test at the end of Level 16 completes the picture and allows you to access Typing Tournament Online: The Movie.
Tests are 3 minutes long. During this 3 minutes, you must type each line of text. A new paragraph will appear when the last character of the previous paragraph is typed.
Tests report on both your typing speed and your level of accuracy. Unlike drills, the test will allow you to type incorrect letters and leave them on the screen if you choose. There is an alert noise to warn you if you have made a mistake during a test. You can fix your mistakes using the Backspace key on Windows keyboards or the Delete key on Macintosh keyboards.
At the end of the test, you will be told how many characters you typed in the time period, how many times you typed an incorrect key and how many of these incorrect keystrokes you did not fix.
Note: If you fail to reach the required speed and accuracy targets for the test, you will be shown your results and advised to try some more drills and games before taking the test again.
If you pass the test, a results screen will show your typing speed, typing accuracy and a new piece of the puzzle picture.
The following screen will display giving you options to save a PDF of an Achievement Certificate.
The Speed Test option enables students to take 1 minute or 3 minute Speed Tests at any time. The Speed Tests use all of the keys.