MicroType 5 has a number of features and benefits, including the ability to use it as a standalone program or with other programs. There is also the benefit of a skill and analysis test, which helps to establish the keyboarding skills of a student from the start.
Other features and benefits of the MicroType 5 program include Web-based reporting and timed writings. The Web-based reporting feature allows for easy access to reports on student performance, and there is an optional web site for instructors involved with distance learning. Timed writings serve as numeric and alphabetic review lessons, which help to assess the skills of a student, as well as offer additional practice.
Skill-building lessons are also a benefit of MicroType 5, as these help with improving both accuracy and speed, as well as providing feedback. A three-dimensional viewer shows ergonomics, proper posture and hand positioning. English and Spanish voice-over instructions are another feature of the program.
MicroType 5 has a Textbook Keying function that checks certain activities from other texts. The Teacher Preference feature allows teachers to choose to have one or two spaces between sentences for easy grading. Both teacher and student versions of this software are available, allowing both parties to use the software appropriately and conveniently.