A 10-key typing test determines how accurate and efficient a typist is at recording strings of numbers. Some tests require candidates to type ZIP codes, while others measure a candidate's ability to record numbers and math symbols combined.
During a 10-key typing test, a candidate must replicate the string of numbers as quickly as possible. Spaces are typically not required while typing. At the end of a test, candidates are provided with their results. Results are usually displayed as a number. This number represents the potential number of keystrokes per hour.
The test gets its name from the 10-key pad, the group of numbers and symbols on the right-hand side of many computer keyboards.