Develop keyboarding speed and accuracy

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This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop keyboard skills with speed and accuracy using touch-typing techniques.
It applies to individuals operating in a range of environments who are required to enter text and data with speed and accuracy. Individuals may provide administrative support within an organisation, or may be technical/knowledge experts responsible for production of their own word processed documents.
No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Unit Sector

Information and Communications Technology – IT Use

Foundation Skills

This section describes language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills incorporated in the performance criteria that are required for competent performance.

Unit Mapping Information

BSBITU307 (Release 2) supersedes BSBITU307 Develop keyboarding speed and accuracy (Release 1)

 Assessment Conditions

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in the information and communications technology – IT use field of work and include access to:

  • relevant workplace documentation, including organisational policies and procedures
  • relevant legislation
  • workplace resources, including industry software packages.

Assessment materials used for 5-minute keyboarding speed and accuracy timings must adhere to the following guidelines.


The subject of the test copy may be of a business or social nature.


The test material must consist of continuous text without headings, enumerations or formatting features.

Syllabic intensity

The average syllabic intensity of the test material must range between 1.4 and 1.6 syllables per dictionary word.

Technical words, infrequently used words, commonly used words

The test material must not contain an unusually high proportion of highly technical, infrequently used words or commonly used words.

Numbers and signs

The test material may include numbers, signs and uppercase words, provided that they do not constitute more than one per cent of the total number of words.


If the passage has a title, it does not form part of the test.


The test material must be long enough to enable the individual to continue keying in previously unseen material for the duration of the test.

Warm up exercise

Individuals must have the opportunity to use a warm-up exercise.


The automatic correction function may be used when completing a timing using a software package. Spell check cannot be used to correct errors at the completion of a timing.

On successful completion of this unit of competency, individuals may be issued with a speed and accuracy statement by a qualified workplace assessor or trainer.

Assessors of this unit must satisfy the requirements for assessors in applicable vocational education and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards.

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