Enter the total number of words typed by the total amount of time in minutes into the calculator to determine the gross words per minute.

GWAM Formula

The following equation is used to calculate the GWAM.

GWAM = TW / T

  • Where GWAM is the gross words per minute
  • TW is the total number of words typed
  • T is the total amount of time (minutes)

To calculate GWAM, divide the total words typed from an alternative source by the total amount of time. The time should be between 3 and 5 minutes.

What is GWAM?

Definition:

GWAM, short for gross words per minute, is a measure of a persons typing speed in words per minute.

How to Calculate GWAM?

Example Problem:

The following example outlines the steps and information needed to calculate GWAM.

First, set up a test and type as many words from an alternative source as possible in a given amount of time. In this example, the person is able to type 500 words.

Next, determine the total amount of time. The total time it took this person to type 500 words is 5 minutes.

Finally, calculate the gross words a minute using the formula above:

GWAM = TW / T

GWAM = 500 / 5

GWAM = 100 words/minute