Shorthand speed may be calculated by timed tests. These tests are designed to determine the average writing speed of words per minute, taking into account errors.
There are many tips on how to increase speed for shorthand writing, as speed may be improved upon with practice. The average speed of writing in longhand is 40 words per minute. In comparison, shorthand may average between 80 to 200 words per minute.
The fastest speed recorded in the Guinness Book of Records is 350 words per minute. Shorthand is used by journalists, secretaries and in many court systems. It offers an alternative to electronic recording of a conversation.