Mavis Beacon has been a computer typing tutor for years. This
latest edition of the software is very similar to the last, except
that there are added custom and practice lessons, a couple new
games, and assorted tweaks.
This software is essentially a
customized typing tutorial. Users receive tailored lessons based
on their performance as they go along. They set a typing goal
(measured in wpm), take a test to be placed right away (or begin
lessons as an absolute beginner), and then begin taking quizzes and
practicing typing. Every once in a while, users play games that are
generally not much different than the typing practice, but offer
different backdrops and at least the illusion that users are
"taking a break".
The customized lessons adjust as users
perform with the software's . For example, if a child takes a test
and fumbles frequently on capital letters, a practice set will
appear that focuses on repetition of capital letters.
would rather not follow along the natural path of lessons, they can
jump right to custom lessons, which are arranged by topic. They can
also choose a favorite game and focus on that. Typing speed,
accuracy, and rhythm are the focus of the program. Users get
feedback on how they are doing, and their words per minute (wpm) as
well as adjusted wpm (due to errors) are displayed after tests and
The program can be played in the Spanish language
We wouldn't recommend the program to children any
younger than 9 or 10 who are serious about improving typing skills.
Younger kids might try Spongebob
Squarepants Typing. Mavis Beacon is best for high school
students and adults. There is a lot of repetition, which, of course,
is necessary, but the format is varied enough to hold users'
interests, as long as they truly have a desire to improve their
For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Deluxe 16
Reviewed: April 2005