Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing is the best typing tutor ever made. With improve user interface, updated learning tools, and ever more features makes it the most comprehensive typing tutor that guarantee typing improvements in a very short time.
Whether you want to learn essential keyboarding skills or improve overall typing efficiency, Mavis Beacon will guide you step-by step on your road to success! Improve speed and accuracy with detailed assessments, customized lessons and skill-building games.
In addition to Mavis Beacon's personal typing instruction, detailed reports illustrate overall progress and assist in identifying specific strengths and weaknesses. Powerful learning tools, along with this detailed reporting will help typists excel at their own pace. Hard work is rewarded with "recess time" and certificates of completion. Cool tools such as "import your own MP3 files" and fun arcade-style games enrich the learning experience.
Redesigned with advanced technology and updated with even more features, Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Platinum 20 offers typists of all skill levels and ages a brand new learning experience with greater benefits and increased efficiency.
Learn essential keyboarding skills or improve overall typing efficiency
430 Personalized lessons, exercises and tests
Detailed tracking and progress reporting
16 Arcade-style games, including multi-level games
Type in English, Spanish and French
Choose from new music options or import your own MP3 files and type to your own tunes
Hybrid - Works with Microsoft Vista and Mac OSX Universal certified
Core Curriculum Improvements
While the core curriculum within Mavis Beacon remains as effective as ever, we've introduced a Curriculum Map to make it easier for users to see where they are in the overall training program.
More Practice Content
With over 430 Personalized lessons, exercises and tests, there is something for everyone in the Practice Area. Content includes passages and sessions from literary classics, historical autobiographies, poetry and more!
Dynamic Personal Instruction
Leverage Mavis Beacon's renowned Adaptive Response Technology to run through the core training curriculum and maximize your improvements in the shortest time possible. Mavis Beacon will automatically place you in the lessons based on your current skill level and adjust your path as you progress through the training program.
Mavis Beacon lets you choose what you use to practice your typing. Select from hundreds of articles and passages covering a wide variety of topics and subjects including literary classics, history, autobiographies and poetry.
With a total of 16 Arcade-style games, including multi-level games designed to improve your speed, accuracy and/or rhythm, the Games Area is sure to be a favorite destination for any user.
Progress Tracking and Reporting
Mavis Beacon tracks your performance over time and provides a series of reports so that you can understand and review your progress.
The Summary report gives a snapshot of the users' cumulative performance.
Keyboard Proficiencies show detailed performance by individual key, allowing users to see on which keys they need improvement.
The Curriculum Map provides users with a view of where they are within the Mavis Beacon Training Program.
Progress Over Time charts users' performance on milestone lessons over an extended period, giving users a view of how much they have improved.
In Spanish Mode, Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing presents help, reports and more in Spanish, allowing Spanish and English language learners to get more out of their time with Mavis Beacon.
Platform: Windows Vista / XP
Much Improved, this is the best program now days!
By WDB (Vancouver, WA)
This program is MUCH IMPROVED! If you'll see my review of Mavis Beacon 17 I believe it was, you can see where I pointed out this programs flaws. However, these have all been resolved and this program has become satisfactory in every way in my opinion.
Mavis Beacon 20 (I have only tried the platinum edition) also has a new practice feature which I haven't found anywhere else, where you can choose from a huge selection of articles where you just type right along with the text while the text you type appears in the lines in between the text to type (no looking halfway down the screen to see mistakes), errors appear in red and make a little noise to let you know that they have occurred. This is a great practicing tool for after you learn all the keys and want to stay sharp. I should also add that these articles are legitimate or legitimate style articles that are actually interesting and fun to type (such as outtakes from Ben Franklin's biography, to scientific articles, many topics) unlike those boring, fake ones that usually are in place on typing programs (which make you feel like you're back in elementary school) and you can even import your own text.
This has really been turned into a very fine program and out of all the programs out there (I've tried alot of them) this one without question gets the highest recommendation. All features have become very practical and user friendly. There's also a ten key learning portion of the program (as with the older versions as well) The interface also has been spiffed up very nicely with pleasing graphics a whole array of new and actually fun games. Bravo to Broderbund for setting the bar to new heights in this program.
Mavis Beacon is excellent!
By desrtroz (Sparks, NV)
I purchased Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Platinum 20 for my two children to learn PROPER typing skills. They enjoy the games immensely and are progressing very quickly! This is an excellent buy for anyone who would like to learn how to type or who needs to learn how to type the correct way - no two finger pecking!
Old Dog - Amazing New Tricks
By Howard Paul Burgess (Bryan, TX USA)
I went through high school, college, and graduate school breezing along on the hunt and peck system. My Dad always fussed at me, saying that I should learn to type the correct way.
With the advent of computers in the workplace in the 1990's I had to learn to type and Mavis Beacon taught me how. I bought my first Mavis for about $80 on big discs and set to it. Now I type between 45 and 60 words per minute and owe it all to Mavis.
She never gets angry, never makes cutting remarks. Whatever age you are she'll give you work at the appropriate level. I'm getting ready to order the Platinum 20 Program to keep up and possibly improve my typing skills. Mavis is so good, I honestly can't think of a program that's second best.
Best Typing Program
By bbon January 2, 2011
I bought "Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing" for my 8 and 10 year old girls. It's an amazing program. After working the lessons for about an hour my oldest daughter mastered the finger keys and after only a few more lessons is really typing! My kids love the games part of the CD but it all so clearly laid out with very simple instructions that my 8 year old is getting the hang of it. There are free internet programs but none are as good as this. Thank you Ms. Beacon!
Easy To Use And Very Effective
By Jason Jacob December 4, 2013
I bought mavis beacon for my child inorder for him to master typing. I didn't know it has a lot of games that my child always play it. Now I can see his development. I can see that he is no longer an ordinary typist.
Fun & Fast
By Goldenshopperon February 4, 2012
I am an older learner and while this version is for ages 8 & up the games are actually fun and they really do help with speed and accuracy. I have used the program with & without the sound and it works either way, but the music and "Mavis" encouragement and explanation are helpful.