No More Cheating
Cheating at TypeRacer was sort of like slacking off in your 7th grade typing class. It was easy to get away with it, but you were really just cheating yourself out of all that free time other kids had in high school and college while you were trying to get your essay typed at night. I know because I was there.
Unfortunately (or fortunately) for the slackers, cheating at TypeRacer has just become a lot harder. Starting today, everyone who gets a score higher than 100 wpm has to pass a typing test to prove that they are a fast typist. The test asks you type not less than 20 wpm below the score you achieved in the race. If you fail the test your score for the race doesn’t count. If you pass, you are cleared to type 20 wpm faster than your test score without having to take the test again.
For example, say I finish a race at 110 wpm – I would have to get a score of at least 90 wpm on the typing test. If I get, say, 98 on the test, then I’m cleared to type up to 118 wpm in all future races. If I then get lucky and type 119 in some future race, I’d have to take the test again and score at least 99 wpm on it.
Truthfully though, I only type 60 wpm, and if you’re like me, you will never actually get to see the new typing test; so here is a screenshot.
The test asks you to type a randomly-generated Star Trek plot summary from an image. Having the text in an image means that the tricks cheaters had been using no longer work. I know some of you are reading this and thinking “OCR.” Sure, but if we see people doing that, we’ll just distort the text like a CAPTCHA, so, alluding to Star Trek, “resistance is futile!”
Once TypeRacer gets permanent user accounts your typing test score will be saved permanently. Until then, you’ll have to take the typing test every time you log in and finish a race faster than 100 wpm. We apologize to all our fast typists for this temporary inconvenience, and assure you that permanent user accounts are coming soon.
So now you’ll be able to see how fast people really type. Tonight, for instance, I’m seeing that “Chrozlol” has the top score of 152 wpm. Very impressive! Let’s see if anyone can beat that. The world’s fastest typist, Mrs. Barbara Blackburn, set a world record of 212 wpm. Perhaps the next world record will be set on TypeRacer!