January 16 2014

RPR Reference Materials

I spoke to an NCRA representative today to get some advice on what to study for the upcoming examination. She told me that a new study guide was slated to come out this year, although she wasn’t certain of the exact date, as it has not been announced yet. She also directed me to a part of the website that lists the following materials as references for the written knowledge part of the test:

All references are the most recent editions, unless otherwise noted.
Dictionary of Business Terms
Dictionary of Insurance Terms
Robert’s Rules of Order

Ask Mr. Modem! (2nd ed)
Dictionary of Computer and
Internet Terms (Barron)
Sherman’s Guide to Web Sites
Windows Help

Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations
Dictionary (Merriam-Webster’s)
NCRA (Journal of Court Reporting,
web site, Policies and Procedures
Manual, other)

Glossaries for Court Reporters
Grammar for Court Reporters
Gregg Reference Manual
Morson’s English Guide for Court
Proofreading Manual [A Guide for
Court Reporters, Scopists, and

ADA Information
Black’s Law Dictionary (8th)
The Bluebook: A Uniform System of
Federal & State Rules of Civil and
Appellate Procedures
Federal Register
IRS Publication
Special Interest Groups (e.g. AAJ,

Health Professional’s Drug Guide
Stedman’s Medical Dictionary (28th ed)

Alternative Realtime Careers
An Introduction to Court Reporter
CART in the Courtroom: NCRA
Model Guidelines
CAT Software Manuals
The Complete Court Reporter’s
Handbook and Guide for
Realtime Writers
The Court Reporter’s and CART
Services Handbook
Closed Captioning Handbook
Deposition Handbook
Dictionary of Scientific and
Technical Terms (McGraw-Hill)
Inside Captioning
Realtime Systems Administrator
Pocket Guide (NCRA)
Realtime Writing
Writing Naked

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January 15 2014

Changes To The RPR Test

When I first did a post on the requirements of the RPR test (on 6/19/12), (Click Here), the written knowledge test was comprised of 105-110 questions that was based on the following four categories and percentages:
Reporting (48%)
Transcript production (44%)
Operating practices (4%)
Professional issues and continuing education (4%)

As of today, the NCRA website states that the written knowledge test is comprised of the following three categories and percentages:
Technology (22%)
Reporting practices (62%)
Professional practices (16%)

I hope that with the changes there is an updated study guide. If anyone has any information about an updated study guide, please let me know. Thanks.

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January 10 2014

Friday Phrases

grocery store= GROIRT
(grocery= GROIR)
House of Representatives= HOUPT
in and of itself= NAFTS
in the first place= FR-PLS
in the hospital= NOPT
instead of= STAEFD
instead of the= STAEFTD
insurance coverage= SHURJ
interest of justice= TR-FJS
is it a fact= STAIFKT
more specific= MOFRK

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January 9 2014


“Nothing in the world can take place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent.” -Ray Kroc

Love, Speed & Accuracy,

Elsie Villega

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January 7 2014

Legal Vocabulary: Demurrer

Demurrer is defined by Nolo as, “A written response to a complaint filed in a lawsuit which, in effect, pleads for dismissal on the point that even if the facts alleged in the complaint were true, there is no legal basis for a lawsuit. A hearing before a judge will then be held to determine the validity of the demurrer. Some parts of a lawsuit may be defeated by a demurrer while others may survive. Some demurrers contend that the complaint is unclear or omits an essential element of fact. If the judge finds these errors, the judge will usually sustain the demurrer (state it is valid), but ‘with leave to amend’ in order to correct the original complaint. If after amendment the complaint is still not legally good, a demurrer will be granted. In rare occasions, a demurrer can be used to attack an answer to a complaint. Some states have substituted a motion to dismiss for failure to state a cause of action for the demurrer.”

Machine Brief:
Option #1: demurrer= DMUR/*ER
Option #2: demurrer= DMAOUR/*ER
Option #3: demurrer= DMRUR

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January 6 2014

Medical Monday: Periapical

Periapical is defined as “of, relating to, occurring in, affecting, or being the tissues surrounding the apex of the root of a tooth.”

Machine Briefs:
Option #1: periapical= PER/RI/AP/A/KAL
Option #2: periapical= PER/R*I/AP/A/KAL
Option #3: periapical= PER/RI/AP/KAL
Option #4: periapical= PER/YI/AP/A/KAL
Option #5: periapical= PER/YI/AP/KAL

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January 4 2014

Steno & Instincts

I think training for steno is akin to an athlete preparing for stellar athletic performances. I’m reading an autobiography written by an athlete.

In the tome, the football player/author is recovering from an injury. His doctor gives him the following advice, which I think will be valuable to court reporters as well:

“I want you to listen very carefully to me, Gale. Your God-given talent is what you do instinctively, by reflex. What you’re doing now subconsciously is holding back. You’re trying to think yourself into doing what you should be doing instinctively. In other words, if you have to stop and think, it changes your timing. The reflex action which you could do so gracefully and so well- you can’t do that any more, not if you’re going to stop and think. Because you can’t send the message down to your legs quickly enough to make them do what you have to do. You’ve just got to stop thinking how you’re going to dodge this guy, just go out and do your thing. When you can go out and do your thing without stopping to think, you’re going to be running the way you did before.” -From, “I Am Third” By: Gale Sayers

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