Computer Keyboarding (CABT 110A, 110B, 110C)
General Instructions - For all Sections
These classes are self-paced, individualized, and open entry, open exit. There are no regular class meetings. It is up to you to regularly work on the computer and complete the lessons. You will follow a computerized lesson that refers to a textbook.
Getting Signed Up for Classes
1. Attend an
orientation during the first week of classes. The times are listed in the
schedule of classes. If you miss an orientation, contact an instructor. You
must sign up by the 12th week of classes. You can get an add code
from one of the keyboarding instructors. In
2. Get a User
Name and Password from the “accounts lookup” station in the
computer lab. Write them down in a safe place and don't let others see them. If
you registered late, you will have to wait 24 to 48 hours until your
information is in the computer database. You may work in either the Aptos or
3. Purchase the textbook (optional: texts can be checked out for use in the lab)
§ There are also several copies of the texts that you can check out at the CTC front desk or at the Watsonville Center Computer Lab or ILC. You will need a Cabrillo Library Card or Cabrillo ID to do so.
4. You do not need a disk: all your information is stored on the network.
5. Pay for printing costs at the computer lab front desk. You will have to print 6+ pages.
Demonstrate accurate and efficient entry of alphabetic text by touch.
General Performance Requirements
To get credit for the classes, you will have to meet the following requirements:
Keyboard by touch (without looking at the keyboard):
CABT 110A: 25 words per minute (wpm) with no more than 1 error per minute (epm) in three 2-minute timed writings.
CABT 110B: 30 wpm with no more than 1 epm in 3-minute timed writings.
CABT 110C: Start with 25 wpm minimum (30 if you have taken CABT 110B) and improve at least 10 wpm with no more than 1 epm in 5 minute timed writings.
1. Follow the
handouts for each course. These are available in the CTC or
2. Check in with your instructor when you turn in your progress reports. Ask the instructor any time you need help or are confused.
3. Complete all portions of each lesson, referring to the course instruction handouts and progress sheet.
4. All work, reports, and final timed writings must be finished BEFORE final week starts.
1. Start your lessons immediately - don't procrastinate until it's too late. Keyboarding takes time and practice and cannot be forced into a short timeline under high stress.
2. Practice often each week - at least 2-3 times a week, about 1 to 1.5 hours each time.
3. Work for accuracy. Speed will improve with practice of the correct techniques.
4. Repeat lessons until you meet your accuracy goal.
5. Practice correct posture throughout the course - adjust your chair, text, and screen position as desired.
6. DO NOT use the BACKSPACE KEY or correct errors as you type (except 110C students).
7. DO NOT LOOK AT THE KEYBOARD AS YOU TYPE.