WPM formula

I think there was a formula for calculating your WPM (words per minute).
Does anyone have it?

(by zekiel1999 for everyone)

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  1. Here is a very valuable how-to guide for making dictation: http://www.steno-solutions.com/Articles.htm. Just go to the document at the bottom, which is a PDF about marking and dictating material.

    This was written by Kathy Dittmeier, who is an expert in Phoenix Theory, which is a popular theory of the machine shorthand world.

    Basically, there are two major ways of counting words. That is, counting them in increments of 20 words or in increments of 28 syllables. The former is one used by several dictators, signifying that "incidentally" is as much a word as "the." The 1.4 syllable counting (the latter method) is the Gregg standard and is my preferred method of counting WPM. Ever since reading that document, I have been making dictation files left and right for me to write in both Gregg Shorthand and machine shorthand.

    It is especially fun to dictate material that is pertinent to you. For instance, I am in a class that focuses on the history of the English language. Therefore, I just take a few paragraphs out of that textbook and mark it according to where the stopwatch should be at each spot, then I write it down at the appropriate speed.

    Take advantage of your recording software (any will do) and a microphone (any will do).

    —Andrew
    http://gregg.angelfishy.net/

  2. That document mentioned above, does give you a nice one page for counting your material and some great info!  Thanks for sharing. Here are the onles I have from the book Speed Dictation DSJ (copyright 1963), same as the above, but if you can't access it, it's right here… typed up the best I can in an MSN message board… 40  50  60  70  80  90     30  24  20  17  15  13    60  48  40  34  30  26    30  12  60  51  45  40    60  36  20  08  60  53      60  40  25  15  06        60  42  30  20          60  45  33            60  47              60      100 110  120  130  140  150  160   12  11  10  09  08  08  07  24  22  20  18  17  16  15  36  33  30  27  25  24  22  48  44  40  37  34  32  30  60  55  50  46  42  40  37  12  06  60  55  51  48  45  24  17  10  04  60  56  52  36  28  20  14  08  04  60  48  39  30  23  17  12  07  60  50  40  32  25  20  15    60  50  41  34  28  22      60  51  42  36  30        60  51  44  37          60  52  45            60  52              60 It's counted in 2 minute intrevals. Debbi PS:  check out Tips for making my own dictation files? link with more ideas.

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