Instructors can edit the Keyboarding Preferences such as accuracy percentage and backspace. The default settings enabled, depend on the Keyboarding exercise.
For more information on the Available Preferences, navigate to step 5 of Editing Keyboarding Preferences.
Keyboarding Exercise 
Description 
Available Preferences 

Warmup  Reviews new key reaches from previous lessons. Students key each line once for practice and once for speed; GWAM display after the second attempt. Students can attempt tasks as many times as they want even if they complete the task correctly. 
Accuracy (Default 50%) Backspace (Default ON)

Learn Keys Hand Animations  The Keyboarding Animations demonstrate the proper key reach and techniques while enabling students to practice what they are learning. Students cannot use the Backspace key. Students can attempt these tasks as many times as they want to properly learn the key reaches.  No Preferences available 
Learn Keys  Reinforces proper posture and technique, demonstrates the proper reach and enables students to practice. Students need to key the lines correctly. If they make a mistake, the correct reach flashes on screen until the student makes the correct reach. Students cannot use the Backspace key. Students can attempt tasks as many times as they want even if they complete the task correctly.  No Preferences available 
All Reaches Learned Part 1  Presents drill lines that reinforce the new keys students have learned. All Reaches Learned Part 1 displays one word at a time and then each letter is checked as the student keys it. If students make an error, the word is erased so that they can key it again. Backspace is not allowed for the first line. Students can attempt tasks as many times as they want even if they complete the task correctly. 
Accuracy (Default 50%) 
All Reaches Learned Part 2  In All Reaches Learned Part 2 the entire drill line is displayed and backspace is allowed unless turned off by the instructor. If students do not meet the accuracy requirement on their first try they will be forced to retry. If the accuracy requirement is not met on the second try students can retry or move on. Students can attempt tasks as many times as they want even if they complete the task correctly. 
Accuracy (Default 50%) Backspace (Default ON) 
Practice Keying  Provides practice keying. Instructors can set the preference to display the text on screen or have students key text from the textbook; key from the screen is the default. GWAM and errors are reported. Students can attempt tasks as many times as they want even if they complete the task correctly. 
Accuracy (Default 3 per task) Textbook Keying (Default OFF) Backspace (Default ON) 
Improve Keystroking  Provides practice on specific reaches and techniques. The exercise encourages students to key accurately. If the student makes an error, the program erases the whole word so that the student can key it again. Students have three opportunities to key the lines correctly. Students cannot use the Backspace key. Students can attempt tasks as many times as they want even if they complete the task correctly. 
Accuracy (Default 50%) Divider Marks (Default OFF) 
Develop Skill 
Develops fluency and speed. After keying the line or paragraph once, the students need to key the same copy at or above their goal rate, which is two GWAM above their first attempt. Drill lines must meet or exceed the accuracy requirements to be included in the average speed calculation. Students can attempt tasks as many times as they want even if they complete the task correctly. 
Accuracy (Default 50%) Backspace (Default ON) Divider Marks (Default OFF) 
Timed Writing – Inside Lesson 
Measures accuracy for a timed writing. Instructors can select 30 seconds, or 15 minutes. After the time elapses, the errors are highlighted and GWAM is reported for Speed Emphasis. For Accuracy emphasis, GWAM, number of errors, and accuracy percentage will be reported. Students have an opportunity to retry the Timed Writing and the five most recent attempts are recorded. Students need to meet the accuracy requirement to complete the exercise correctly. Students can attempt tasks as many times as they want even if they complete the task correctly. Note Can also be set at the assignment level. Setting the preference at the assignment level overrides the section level only for that assignment. See Keyboarding Keying Drills Assignment and Scheduling Options and Preferences.

Accuracy (Default 50%) Backspace (Default ON) Errors Allowance (Default 6) Time (Default 2 minutes) Emphasis (Default Combination) Textbook Keying (Default OFF) 
Timed Writing  Outside Lesson 
Measures accuracy for a timed writing. Instructors can select 30 seconds, or 15 minutes. All Timed Writings outside of the lessons have an Accuracy Emphasis. After the time elapses, the errors will be highlighted and the GWAM, number of errors, and accuracy percentage display. Students have an opportunity to retry the Timed Writing and the five most recent attempts are recorded. Students must meet accuracy requirement to complete the exercise correctly.

Backspace (Default ON) Error Allowance (Default 6 per minute per task) Time (Default 2 minutes) Textbook Keying (Default OFF) 
Keyboard Mastery  Helps students relax and get focused by warming up. The Backspace key is not available for the first two lines but may be on the last two lines depending on the Preference settings. If students do not meet the accuracy requirement on the first try they will be forced to retry. If the accuracy requirement is not met on the second try the student is given the option to retry or move on.  Accuracy (Default 50%) 
Improve Technique  Encourages accuracy. As soon as students make an error, the simulation deletes the error and they can try again. Students have three opportunities to key the word correctly before moving on with the drill line. The Backspace key is not allowed. 
Accuracy (Default 50%) Divider Marks (Default OFF) 
Skill Building: Sentences (Speed)  A series of four sentences reinforce the goal of speed. Students establish a base keying rate by keying a oneline sentence as many times as possible for 30 seconds. If they meet the accuracy requirement, they are challenged to increase their speed by two GWAM on the same sentence. Students can continue to build speed as many times as desired. Number of errors and GWAM are reported. 
Backspace (Default ON) Error Allowance (Default 6 per minute per task) Time (Default 30 seconds) 
Skill Building: Sentences (Accuracy)  In Accuracy lessons, students key one sentence for the specified amount of time while making no more errors than the error allowance. If students do not exceed the error allowance requirement, they are challenged to key the sentence again with fewer errors. If students key with no errors, they are challenged to try again with zero errors at or above their last speed. Number of errors, GWAM, CWAM and Goal CWAM are reported. 
Backspace (Default ON) Error Allowance (Default 6 per minute per task) Time (Default 30 seconds) 
Skill Building: Paragraphs (Speed)  Paragraphs provide practice increasing either speed or accuracy on longer copy. In Speed lessons, students establish a base keying rate by keying the first paragraph for the specified time limit. If they meet the accuracy requirement, they are challenged to increase their speed by two GWAM on the same paragraph. Number of errors and GWAM are reported. 
Backspace (Default ON) Error Allowance (Default 6 per minute per task) Time (Default 1 minute) 
Skill Building: Paragraphs (Accuracy)  In Accuracy lessons, students key one paragraph for the specified time limit while making fewer errors than the Error Allowance. If students do not exceed the error allowance, they are challenged to key the paragraph again with fewer errors. If students key with no errors, they are challenged to try again with zero errors at or above their last speed. Number of errors, GWAM, CWAM and Goal CWAM are reported. 
Backspace (Default ON) Error Allowance (Default 6 per minute per task) Time (Default 1 minute) 
Skill Building Measurement  Students key two paragraphs with no more than the specified number of uncorrected errors. The activity is the same regardless of speed or accuracy emphasis. If there are too many errors, the program indicates too many errors and requires students to try again. GWAM, number of errors, and accuracy percent are reported. 
Backspace (Default ON) Error Allowance (Default 6 per minute per task) Time (Default 1 minute) 
Skill Building Quick Review  Reinforces nine specific techniques or reach types. Students are challenged to key the same line at or above the goal rate. If the student does not meet the accuracy requirement on their first try they will be forced to retry. If the accuracy requirement is not met on the second try the student can retry or move on. GWAM is reported. 
Accuracy (Default 50%) Backspace (Default ON)

Drill Practice  Provides drills to correct reach deficiencies such as adjacent keys, concentration, direct key reach, repeating letters, and keys specific to certain fingers or rows. Students type one drill line two times and must type with less than the number of errors set in the Preferences. GWAM and number of errors are reported. 
Back Space (Default ON) Errors Allowed (Default 3 per task) 
Skill Building: Assessment 
Measures both speed and accuracy for a timed writing. Instructors can select 30 seconds, or 15 minutes. After the time elapses, the errors are highlighted and GWAM and number of errors will be reported. Students have an opportunity to retry the Skill Building Assessment and the five most recent attempts are recorded. Students must meet accuracy requirement to complete the exercise. Students can attempt tasks as many times as they want even if they complete the task correctly. 
Backspace (Default ON) Error Allowance (Default 6 per task per minute) Time (Default 2 minutes) 
Keypad Warmup  Reviews new key reaches for the numeric keypad from previous lessons. Students key each line once for practice and once for speed; GWAM display after the second attempt. Students can attempt tasks as many times as they want even if they complete the task correctly. 
Accuracy (Default 50%) Backspace (Default ON) 
Keypad Improve Keystroking  Provides practice on specific reaches and techniques. The exercise encourages students to key accurately. Students have three opportunities to key the lines correctly. Students cannot use the Backspace key. Students can attempt tasks as many times as they want even if they complete the task correctly.  Accuracy (Default 50%) 
Keypad Develop Skill  Develops fluency and speed. After keying the line once, the students need to key the same copy at or above their goal rate, which is two GWAM above their first attempt. Drill lines must meet or exceed the accuracy requirements to be included in the average speed calculation. Students can attempt tasks as many times as they want even if they complete the task correctly. 
Accuracy (Default 50%) Backspace (Default ON) 
Keypad Mastery  Helps students relax and get focused by warming up. The Backspace key is not available for the first two lines but may be on the last two lines depending on the Preference settings. If students do not meet the accuracy requirement on the first try they will be forced to retry. If the accuracy requirement is not met on the second try the student is given the option to retry or move on. 
Accuracy (Default 50%) Backspace (Default ON) 
Skill Analysis Timed Writing 
Allows students to test and compare their keying skills by taking the Skills Analysis Timed Writing Pretest at the beginning of the course and the Skills Analysis Timed Writing Posttest at the end of the course. This exercise measures accuracy for a timed writing and can be 30 seconds, or 15 minutes. Both the Pretest and Posttest have an Accuracy Emphasis. After the time elapses, the errors will be highlighted and the GWAM, number of errors, and accuracy percentage display. Students have one attempt to complete the exercise. 
Accuracy (Default 50%) Backspace (Default ON) Time (Default 2 minutes) 
Typing Task  Provides practice on keying text in a simulated Word® document. GWAM and number of errors are reported. Instructors can set preferences to change error allowances from 050 errors per task or per minute per task. Students are permitted up to five retakes.  Errors Allowed (Default 3 per task) 
Proofreader marks  Provides practice on keying corrections in the drill lines marked by proofreader marks. Proofreader marks legend is provided for each drill. Instructors can set the preference to let the program display the text on screen or have students key text from the textbook; key from the screen is the default. GWAM and errors are reported. Students can attempt tasks as many times as they want even if they complete the task correctly. 
Accuracy (Default 50%) Backspace (Default ON) Textbook Keying (Default OFF) 
Timed proofreader marks  Provides practice on keying corrections in the drill paragraphs marked by proofreader marks. Proofreader marks legend is provided for each drill. This exercise measures accuracy for timed writing and can be 30 seconds, or 15 minutes. All Timed Proofreader Marks have an Accuracy Emphasis. After the time elapses, the errors will be highlighted and the GWAM, number of errors, and accuracy percentage display. You have an opportunity to retry the Timed Proofreader Marks and the five most recent attempts are recorded. You must meet accuracy requirements to complete the exercise correctly. 
Backspace (Default ON) Error Allowance (Default 6 per task per minute) Time (Default 2 minutes) Textbook Keying (Default OFF) 