In September of 2007 I took the Texas Certified Shorthand Reporter exam and had passed, and I am grateful to say that it was my first attempt. Shortly afterward, I am asked by teachers and other fellow students how I did it. I really didn’t consider myself anyone special, or even a great steno-writer. At the time I didn’t think I had anything super helpful to say, so I tell anyone who asks what I believe are important philosophies that are crucial to passing the exam.
Years later my brother comes to me distraught after not passing the state certification test for a third time in a row. He asks me how I did it. We go over strategies that I believe will help him overcome all of his testing barriers. After applying what we talked about, he passed his very next exam.
After some time, I am at my company’s 2012 Christmas party, where my now-professional court reporting brother had brought with him a lovely date. She was a stenography student about to take the big bad Texas exam. At one point during dinner, she asked, “So how did you pass the exam?”
After giving her some of the same pointers I had given years earlier, I find myself almost rambling about different strategies and techniques that any court reporting student can use to make their certification exam an easier experience. I have to stop myself from talking her ear off.
It occurs to me that there is a lot to say on this topic, so I begin to just write everything down that I believe would help court reporting students who are struggling with their test or who just want to make sure they pass it the first time. Before I knew it, I ended up with a whole damn book.
I know what it’s like to be intimidated by court reporting certification exams. In many states, you need a license in order to work at all as a reporter. That’s a lot of pressure to put on someone in order for them to enjoy a new career, especially when it’s a performance-based test as opposed to just a knowledge-based test.
Here at Pass the Court Reporting Exam, I wanted to build a community and offer premium products that take any court reporting student, at any speed, testing for any state, and enable them to easily pass their exam the very next time they take it. It is my sincere wish that everything you find here helps you do exactly that, so that you may enjoy an incredibly prosperous career as a certified shorthand reporter.
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