Keyboarding Skill Competency Recommendations

Keyboarding Skill Competency Recommendations

Welcome! We are excited that you have chosen to focus your studies in business. The programs we offer have been developed and designed to provide program majors with essential skills and competencies needed to be successfully employed in the business community.

Keyboarding and 10-key competencies are two of the skills our Advisory Committee, consisting of local business professionals, and the State-Wide Administrative Office Professionals (AOP) Consortium, have identified as essential. Beginning in the 2010-2011 academic year, we have added keyboarding and 10-key entry skill levels as recommended competencies in many of our course prerequisites, and the following program prerequisites:

  • Accounting Associate of Applied Science Degree
  • Administrative Office Professional (AOP) Associate of Applied Science Degree
  • Business Assistant One-Year Certificate

Our AOP program was intentionally designed with classes that provide opportunities to develop keyboarding skills through weekly practice and timings and that are structured with a progression of entry-level skill recommendations.

The following is designed to provide information on our program prerequisites, to assist in your understanding of the Business Department's skill competency recommendations and testing options, and to provide information about college placement testing.

Pre-Program Skill Competency Recommendations

Ability to accurately type 30 words per minute (based on average of the best three out of five 3-minute timings with 5 or fewer errors), or pass BT 010 Computer Keyboarding.

Ability to accurately key 130-132 strokes per minute on an electronic calculator (based on average of the best three out of five 3-minute timings with 8 or fewer errors), or pass BT 020 10-Key Calculator.

The Business Department offers free keyboarding skill competency tests to assist beginning students in determining their skill levels. You may take keyboarding tests multiple times in your AOP classes that have graded keyboarding skill levels. Instructions and grading ranges will be available from your instructor in each class. Once you meet the recommended competencies, no further testing is needed.

It is recommended that these tests be taken one term prior to enrolling in appropriate class. Since timings may be a graded component in some classes, students are encouraged to practice typing, on their own time to improve keyboarding speed and accuracy. Instructors may permit time in class for practice, but are not required to do so.

Administrative Office Professional (AOP) AAS Degree Program Requirement Course Competency Recommendations

Note: Courses are offered during the term listed in the program and they may also be offered during additional terms.

Year/Term ListedCourseRecommended Entry Skill LevelNotes

1st Yr/Fall

BT 120 MS WORD for Business

30 wpm

Business program majors not successfully passing placement test should consider completing BT 010 Computer Keyboarding, and earn at least a "B-" in timing component, prior to enrolling in this class.

1st Yr/Winter

BT 123 MS EXCEL for Business30 wpm & 130-132 kspmBusiness program majors not successfully passing placement tests should consider completing BT 010 Computer Keyboarding, and earn at least a "B-" in timing component, and/or completing BT 020 10-Key Calculator, and earn at least a "C-" in timing component, prior to enrolling in this class.

1st Yr/Spring

BT 144 Administrative Procedures

35 wpm

Keyboarding speed assessment is a graded part of this course. AOP majors not successfully passing placement test at 35 wpm with maximum errors permitted are strongly encouraged to enroll in BT 015 Keyboard Skillbuilding 1, and earn at least a "B-" in timing component, prior to enrolling in this class.

2nd Yr/Fall

BT 220 MS WORD for Business - Expert

35 wpm

Keyboarding speed assessment is a graded part of this course. AOP majors not successfully passing placement test at 35 wpm with maximum errors permitted are strongly encouraged to enroll in BT 015 Keyboard Skillbuilding 1, and earn at least a "B-" in timing component, prior to enrolling in this class. Online students may take keyboarding tests for this class on Lane's main campus.  Distance students should contact the course instructor for testing arrangements.

2nd Yr/Winter

BT 228 Integrated Office Applications

40 wpm

Keyboarding speed assessment is a graded part of this course. AOP majors not successfully passing placement test at 40 words per minute with maximum errors permitted are strongly encouraged to enroll in BT 016 Keyboard Skillbuilding 2, and earn at least a "B-" in timing component, prior to enrolling in this class. Online students may take keyboarding tests for this class on Lane's main campus.  Distance students should contact the course instructor for testing arrangements.
2nd Yr/WinterBT 230 Paperless Office Practices30 wpm
2nd Yr/SpringBT 271 Administrative Professional Practicum45 wpm

Program Directed Elective Course Competency Recommendations

Terms OfferedCourseRecommended Entry Skill LevelNotes

All Terms

BT 015 Keyboard Skillbuilding 1

25-30 wpm

Keyboarding speed assessment is a graded part of this course.

All Terms

BT 016 Keyboard Skillbuilding 2

30-35 wpm

Keyboarding speed assessment is a graded part of this course.

All Terms

BT 017 Keyboard Skillbuilding 3

35+ wpm

Keyboarding speed assessment is a graded part of this course.

Summer/Fall/Spring

BT 122 MS POWERPOINT for Business

30 wpm

Spring

BT 124 MS ACCESS for Business

30 wpm & 130-132 kspm

Fall/Winter

BT 223 MS EXCEL for Business - Expert

30 wpm