The Q-Score, or “Quality Score”, is based on results from Applied Predictive Technology (APT). APT studies found that emphasizing quality over quantity increases typing improvement significantly. One APT study found that the methodical students who went slower had a 36% improvement in typing. The “fly through” students had only a 17% improvement. Based on research and our own internal studies, we developed the Q-Score to emphasizes accuracy over words per minute (WPM). The Q-Score will also usually increase when a student repeats a lesson or test creating a more methodical approach to typing. A perfect Q-Score is 300. The perfect Q-Score is not designed to be reached by younger students. The object for younger students is to try to increase their score as they progress. Most students can reach a perfect 300 if they are typing at speeds of 65 WPM or higher with high accuracy. Students at this level may need to repeat the lesson or test to hit 300. A 300 score generally implies the student is ready for the workforce if they are obtaining this score with everyday sentences.
Since keyboarding is introduced in a wide range of grade levels, the below benchmark scores can be used as a general guide, but are not necessarily a "good" or "bad" score for your class. As an educator you can look at your own individual classes and see how students that meet your expectations fall within the Q-Scores and use those as a baseline for what you expect other students to do. Since quality is emphasized much more than speed, all students should be able to reach a respectable Q-Score range within your class if they focus on accuracy. Those students that are fast and accurate may find that they can do a lesson once to achieve an acceptable Q-Score. Those students that are slower and less accurate may need to repeat lessons to meet expectations.
Be aware of Q-Scores under 220, especially for 2nd grade and above. If a student does not repeat the lesson, you can expect their Q-Scores to be as much as 20 points lower than the benchmark scores listed below.
- A good Q-Score for K-2nd is 230-255, based on students doing each lesson or test at least twice.
- A good Q-Score for 3rd-5th grade is 240-270, based on students doing each lesson or test at least twice.
- A good Q-Score for 6th-8th grade is 260-300, based on students doing each lesson or test at least twice.
- A good Q-Score for high school is 300, based on students doing each lesson or test at least twice.