Intersteno Internet Contests

Internet Contest 2020

Intersteno Internet Contest 2020

2020 Internet Keyboarding Competition has been completed with 1502 competitors from 31 countries which is wider than ever!

We congratulate all the competitors and teachers participated.

Final Results are on:

Some details by age categories of participants:
Children Pupils Juniors Seniors
18 309 903 272


Unfortunately, we were not able to offer you the Latin version of the Japanese language as announced. The “Kenji” text can’t be offered as well. The competitors of “All Japanese Typists group” competed in the usual 16 languages, but not in their mother tongue.

Last Minute Update from the Intersteno Jury President regarding to the Global COVID-19 Pandemic:
Edition 2020 – Free participation

Dear Teachers,
Dear Competitors,

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are living troubled and disturbing times. Many schools are closed all over the world. Obviously, it will be difficult for you to participate in the 18th Internet Keyboarding competition.

Nevertheless, I’m sure you are now in virtual contact with your students/teachers and experimenting e-learning; so something is possible.

Therefore, with the Board’s agreement, the jury has decided:

  1. to extend both the registration and the competition period; the new dates are:
    • Registration: opened since March 16th, they will be closed only on May 11th,
    • Competition: will start as foreseen on April 14th but last till June 1st;
  2. to exceptionally allow you to compete for free;
  3. to send the certificates in .pdf format to the Country delegate at the end if the contest period, so on June 5th at the latest;
  4. to support Helena’s proposal to organize a ZAV-102  contest in Autumn.

If you have additional question, if you encounter any problem, please contact me by email.

I wish you the best. Take care of you.

Georgette Sante
Intersteno jury president

Number of competitors by year:

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
262 239 750 885 992 1249 1214 1451 1320


2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
1340 1720 1666 1811 1799 1196 1248 1243

During the opening ceremony of the 52nd congress in Cagliari (July 2019), Jaroslav Zaviačič and Helena Zaviačičová awarded 8 winners of the 2019 Internet contest. Of course they were present to participate in the World Championship! Most of them were successful and classified in the first places in their age category.

Internet Contest Winners 2019

This competition is the most important international championship, attended by more than 1500 participants who compete in 17 languages. Each competitor can compare his results with those of other participants of the same age category not only in his native language, but also in as many as 17 foreign languages. Grading in accuracy and speed are done according to internationally agreed-upon standards based on long experience and intensive investigations. Thanks to this competition, schools are able to show their presence on the Web at the international level about a useful ability at any learning level. It is clear that a professional approach in keyboarding is a basic competence useful in any type of school and helps to fulfill the growing demand for producing documents and communicating with the aid of computers and tablets.  This ability, in mother tongue (native language) as well as in foreign languages, will be an important asset for professional life and can be demonstrated by the certificate received by successful participants. The goal of this competition is to foster proficiency in the use of the keyboard and to engage young people in fair and healthy competition with their peers all over the world. The contest consists of ten-minutes of text entry, using special software available on the website  (in Taki and ZAV formats). 

It is open to students from public, private schools or associations, and for seniors (21 years and over) who register through their Intersteno National group.

Results are ranked according to the following age categories:

  • children: up to 12 years (born in 2008 or after),
  • pupils: 13 – 16 years (born in 2007, 2006, 2005 or 2004),
  • juniors: 17 – 20 years (born in 2003, 2002, 2001 or 2000),
  • seniors: older than 20 years (born in 1999 or earlier).

To qualify competitors must perform within the following limits:

Min. char./minute
Max. % errors
1 %
1 %
1 %
0,5 %

Two types of championships:

  • Mother tongue: competitors write in their mother tongue.
  • Multilingual competition: competitors take part in 2 or more of the 17 available languages on the Taki & Zav software. Only one attempt per each language is allowed.

Participation fees

  • Edition 2020 – free participation for all.
Country representative
Contest responsible
Argentina Mr. Victor González Mr. Jorge Alberto Bravo jorgebravo2005 @
vhgonzalez32 @
Austria Mr. Martin Springinklee Mr. Martin Springinklee martin.springinklee @
Belgium Ms. Georgette Sante Ms. Georgette Sante (French) gsante @
Ms. Agnes Coeckelberghs (Dutch) agnescoec @
Canada   ask to jury president gsante @
Croatia Ms. Kristina Zlodi Ms. Marica Pirslin kristina.zlodi @
mpirslin69 @
Czech Republic Mr. Jaroslav Zaviačič Ms. Helena Zaviačičová jaroslav @
helena @
Finland Mr. Jari Niittuinperä   jari.niittuinpera @
France Mr. Jean-Charles Le Masson Mr. Jean-Charles Le Masson jclemasson @
contact @
Germany Ms. Annemarie Mersch Mr. Uwe Brüdigam annemarie.mersch @
Uwe.Bruedigam @
Hungary Ms. Anita Dobos Mr. Tamás Tanai anitadobos0725 @
tanai0011 @
Italy Ms. Francesca Marchionne Ms. Paola Pilotti
pilotti.paola @
Japan Mr. Tsuguo Kaneko Mr. Takahiro Sumino tsuguo.kaneko @
sumino @
Luxemburg   Ms. Nicole Gangolf nicole.gangolf @
Poland Mr. Krystian Wawrzynek Ms. Teresa Wawrzynek krystian.wawrzynek @
teresa.wawrzynek @
Russia Ms. Nora Berezina   nora @
gzos @
Slovak Republic Ms. Anna Škovierová Ms. Janka Borgulova askovierova @
jborgulova @
Spain   ask to jury president gsante @
Switzerland Mr. Erich Werner Ms. Raffaella Signorelli e.werner @
rsigno @
The Netherlands Ms. Joke Bakker Mr. Bernhard Boot  joke.m.bakker @
nkcomputertypen @
Turkey Mr. Seçkin Köse Ms. Meral Yener seckinkose49 @
sampiyons @
United Kingdom Ms. Mary Sorene   marysorene @
United States Ms. Virgene Biggers Mr. Russell Page vkbiggers @
rpagejr @

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