Legal assistant students limbering up for ‘dueling digits’ at SAIT

Tuesday, March 28 will be a day for flying fingers at SAIT.

That’s when students in the legal assistant program will test their typing speed in a battle of nerves, and dueling digits.

In a computer lab in the Senator Burns building, the cream of the typing speed crop will compete in the Keyboarding Games for the first time in SAIT Legal Assistant history.

“It’ll be a fun, competitive event where students come to be part of a legacy,” says Miranda Brown, president of the Legal Assistant Society.

“The Keyboarding Games put you in that stressful situation against your peers, but allows you to practice,” Brown said in a recent interview.

Open to all legal assistant students, the Keyboarding Games is an opportunity to students to test themselves against past records and peers.

As a graduation requirement, students must keep up a typing speed of 40 words per minute, but 60 and above is the recommended industry standard.

Participants are grouped by their typing speed, which will allow each participant to be competitive in their peer group.

Categories range from below 49 to above 71 words per minute.

The games will utilize typing software often used in class to gauge typing speed, accuracy and error frequency.

Each category of the competition will involve several rounds of typing blocks of text, which will then narrow the field down into two finalists to face each other for a top honour.

The overall champion with the fastest typing speed will have his or her name engraved on the Strashok Trophy, named after Wendy Strashok, a respected keyboarding instructor at SAIT.

The trophy will be displayed by the legal assistant program office on the ninth floor of the Senator Burns building for future student generations to see.

Brown hopes that events like these will catch the attention of law firms on the lookout for new employees.

“Typing speed closely relates to the legal field because you’ll have to do things under pressure within time constraints.”

Result certificates from keyboarding tests are given as part of a portfolio to future employers, and for second-year students like Brown, typing speed will influence her practicum placement this May.

“Keyboarding class is stressful at times. You get all tensed up because you don’t want to make any errors and type as fast as you can,” said Brown.

“The more you practice, the faster you get.”

It’ll be a fun, competitive event where students come to be part of a legacy. – Miranda Brown

“The Keyboarding Games is a fantastic way to make typing less of a frustration and more of a healthy competition.”

Entry forms will be available at the SAITSA office for $2 per entry until March 21.

Entrants must write down their names and highest words per minute achieved in a computer class on the sign-up sheet.


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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Jolisa Tweedie is working as a reporter for The Press during the 2016-17 academic year.