Merit System Typing Test



The typing test site provides two options. Select "Skip Practice Test" to begin the "The Real Typing Test" or "Take the Practice Test". You can take and retake the practice test as often as you wish or select "Continue" when you are ready to take the "The Real Typing Test". Only your first typing test results will be used in determining your rating.

In order to proceed to the MERIT SYSTEM TYPING TEST you will need to click on the link located at the bottom of the page; however, before doing this please read all of the instructions.

Required Information:

To access the typing test, you are required to provide your email address and personal information (complete name, phone number, and address as listed on your application).

Technical Requirements:

You can access the typing test with JAVA 1.1 compatible browser, including Internet Explorer 4.0 or newer, Firefox 1.0 or newer and Netscape Navigator 4.06 or newer. Applicants who do not have JAVA may be able to download it free of charge at

In some cases, individuals may have the appropriate version of JAVA installed but they have disabled JAVA from running as a security measure. A computer security level for the Internet may also be set above "Medium" or "Custom" security levels which may not allow accessing the typing test site.

Test Results:

When you complete the typing test, the official typing test results will be sent to the email address you have provided when the timer stops. (This is not your grade score.)

After you have completed both the written and the typing tests for the job title/s you applied for, an official grade notice will be sent to your email address which contains your FINAL score.

Tips For Success:

  • Familiarize yourself with the program by taking the “practice test” until you are comfortable and ready to take "The Real Typing Test ."

  • Keep in mind that your time begins the moment you start typing.

  • The text you must type will appear at the top half of your screen.  The words you type will appear on the lower half of your screen.

  • Pay attention to the underlined blue word in the script--the program expects you to type that word.  Do not jump ahead or fall behind to a different word as it will be counted as an error.

  • You can use the backspace key to correct errors only for the current word you are typing.  Do not waste time trying to backspace to a previous word.  Once you press the space bar to go on to the next word, you will not be able to backspace to a previous word.

  • Be careful not to hit the space bar in error.

  • Words with typed errors that cannot be corrected will appear in red at the bottom of your screen.

  • When you have filled the screen with typing, keep typing.  The program will automatically scroll down to allow you more space to type.

Email us at [email protected] if you have any questions or experience any difficulties using the online typing test site.

If you do not have access to the Internet or are unable to access the online typing test site, you can take the test on a computer at a public library, a Missouri Career Center, home of a friend or family member or at the Division of Personnel, Truman State Office Building, 301 W. High St., 4th Floor, Room 430, Jefferson City, MO.

Disclaimer: Typing Test is Currently Unavailable