First Steps - assessments
None of these assessments will tell us if you will be a good court reporter one day. That ALL depends on YOU! What it might tell us though, is if there are strengths to help you succeed, and other things that you will have to focus on. The overall results will be included in one-on-one discussion you will have with a class leader on the last night of class. No one is grading you on these, so relax!
Each assessment topic is a link to another website with the assessment. Read the description below and any instructions on the web page before starting each assessment.
Typing - After a practice warm-up, complete a one-minute typing test. You will submit your results in the linked website. Remember, being a great typist is not required for you to be a court reporter! We are just looking for items to give you feedback on before you launch into your career of court reporting!
The typing test is located at: www.typingtest.com
Technology - How well do you know Windows? Court reporting is a technology-based profession, so knowing what your computer can do in addition to knowing your court reporter software will make your job easier. If you haven't gotten to know your computer very well, it will be something you'll want to make an effort to do.
Punctuation - One of the most important things a court reporter needs is to know is where to put all the punctuation. A badly misplaced comma can change the meaning of a sentence, and that can mean all the difference in a transcript.
Spelling - Yes, we all have spellcheck now which has made it less important to be a great speller, but as you are proofreading, will you recognize a misspelled word? This quiz has you finding some of the most commonly misspelled words in the English language. It's way harder than you would think!
Personality Type - You've probably heard of "Type A" personalities in both positive and negative ways. Apparently, it's not too good on your heart to be too Type A. But being a little Type A can definitely help you out in the world of court reporting. This assessment may help you figure out where you fall along that spectrum.