What is Ten-Key Data Entry?
Entering numbers on a computer is one of the most tedious aspects of data management. Ten-key data input speeds up this process by focusing only on the number keys, zero through nine, that are repeatedly used. This method is more efficient and could possibly lessen the physical stress on the body since you only have to focus on a few keys instead of the one hundred-plus keys on the standard key board. Chance are you might be somewhat familiar with the ten-key process just out of habit.
Hardware: Standard keyboard VS Ten-key keyboard.
Anyone that has familiarized themselves with data input technology probably already knows the difference between the two, but there are some household users, and even some businesses, that don’t factor in the addition of a ten key numeric keypad. Standard keyboards include a top row of number keys for the input of numbers along with letters. This is commonly known as touch typing. This is not efficient for individuals and businesses that deal mainly with numeric inputs. Some stand-alone keyboards that connect via USB include a ten-key numeric keypad situated off to the right of the keyboard. Some laptops, if wide enough, will include this keypad.
Occupations and Ten Key Data Input.
Some businesses advertise the need for ten-key typists. Even though scanners, cameras and drawing tablets can input this information into a computer there is still a need for more accurate and efficient input. Jobs such as, Accountants, Medical record entry and Customer Service Agents are just a few that would benefit from formal training of numeric input.
Most everyone that has access to a ten-key numeric pad can quickly adapt to using it. However, for the professionals who would appreciate extra guidance on how to efficiently use the numeric key pad can look to some colleges and vocational schools offer specialized training programs. These programs are commonly referred to as Business Systems Technology with ten-key data input as a separate course that is part of the overall curriculum.
Basics of the Ten Key Test.
As with an alpha-numeric tests you have home keys which are the F and J keys. With Ten-Key tests you also have home keys which are the 4, 5 and 6 keys. At the start of a ten-key test, a timer is set to measure the user’s speed in KPH (keystrokes per hour). 4500 to 5999 is considered proficient, 8000 to 9999 is considered professional and 12000 or more is considered a master level. Some tests focus primarily on monetary input, some tests focus on zip codes and phone numbers. If you aren’t able to attend formal classroom training, there are many online sources that improve your proficiency and can provide you with certificates of completion that can be sent via email or even mailed to you directly. No matter which avenue you choose one of the most important key factors is practice. With research, you can find many sites with practice modules that give accurate results.