PROS / Master Key has exercises suitable for a range of skill levels, from beginners to advanced users.
CONS / This software has limited support options.
VERDICT / While this program offers a large selection of lessons, young learners can become bored by the singular teaching method.
Master Key is simple typing software that helps you learn how to type and expand your skills through practice. The software is geared toward both home and classroom use. You can create class lists and have students report their progress to specific classes. Unfortunately, there is only one type of lesson, and this lack of variety can become tiresome as you progress through the lessons.
The program has 408 typing lessons, which is hundreds more than most applications we reviewed. While it does not have many games or typing practice plans, you can convert a lesson into a timed one. This feature helps you focus on improving your speed, as well as your accuracy, on each lesson.
You can create custom lessons and import new word lists with this application. These help you practice your typing on specific words or keys that you need to improve on. For those keys that you struggle to use correctly, the software uses adaptive learning so that lessons will be geared toward keys you misuse. It also has a virtual keyboard that shows you which fingers should be used on which keys, as well as emphasizing proper posture and hand positioning.
We found this program was more difficult to use than most of the other typing software on our lineup. Rather than choose from a variety of lessons, warmup exercises, tests and games, you can select from drills and games. While the drills are effective at typing training, the lack of lesson variety does not help you stay motivated.
This software is designed for classroom use. Teachers can access the information for each of their users. The user summary displays what drill students are working on and which one they most recently completed, words per minute, accuracy percentage, error percentage and how long they worked on the drill.
If you view your own results, you can track your overall progress or results for a specific drill. The Results tab displays words per minute, an accuracy percentage, error rate and progress charts and graphs. The extensive progress reports clearly display your typing strengths and weaknesses.
Master Key lacks many support options. You cannot contact the company support team by phone. It also does not offer frequently asked questions or tutorial videos. If you need to get in contact with the support team, the website lists an email. It also has a user manual that gives you step-by-step instruction.
Master Key helps you become more skilled at typing, particularly improving the accuracy and speed you type at. While it lacks lesson variety and support options, this software effectively teaches you to type using drills and typing tests.