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July 12, 2010

Data Entry Operators Skill Test

Data Entry Operators Skill Test
There are a number of Data Entry Operator recruitment exams in which the skill test for data entry operation invariably is a part of the selection process. What is this skill test for data entry? What are the different parameters used for measuring the speed of data entry?

This is the subject matter of this blog post – it would tell you about the Data Entry Operators Skill Test in a nutshell and than go onto give you the sources where you can not only test your data entry skill but also improve upon the same through practice in another blog post titled: Test Your Data Entry Skill Online/Download software.

Who is a Data Entry Operator?
A data entry operator is an individual who transforms an unorganized set of data into an organized format of data. This unorganized set of data may be in the form of text, image or video which is organized into the required format – unorganized text into organized text (just like an invoice clerk keys in manual invoice data into a computer database), unorganized image into organized image or even text (by using software like OCR), unorganized video into organized video (video-editing etc.).

You can get an idea about what all data entry jobs are done from this Freelancer Data Entry job availability. As you can find from it, out of all the data entry jobs, most prevalent is Textual Data Entry and this is the subject matter of this blog post.

What skill is tested for a Data Entry Operator?
The only skill tested for a data entry operator is:
How fast, how accurately you can key-in (i.e. type) the data.

Data Entry Operator skill test terminologies:
Following terms are used to define a data entry operation skill:

WPM (Words per minute): How many words you can type in one minute?

CPM (Characters per minute): How many characters you can type in one minute?

KPH or KSPH (Key Strokes per Hour) or KDPH (Key Depressions per Hour): How many keys you have used in typing a given text (alpha/numeric or alpha-numeric) in one hour? This is the most accurate data entry skill test.

How to convert WPM into KPH/KDPH and vice vesra:
In most typing tests, a "word" is defined as five keystrokes. That is:
KPH = WPM x 5 x 60 = 300 x WPM
WPM = KPH / 300.

What should be your data entry speed?
What is the average typing speed? What should be your typing speed to become a data entry operator? These are the questions that must be bugging you now.

Well, an average person types 20 to 25 wpm. For the professional data entry operators, the average speed is around 36 wpm (10800 KPH). But the minimum typing speed defined in most of the data entry operator skill test is 8000 KPH (i.e. 27 WPM).

So are you ready for testing your data entry skill? Visit my next blog post: Test Your Data Entry Skill Online/Download software for the same.