Speed examinations can be taken by writers of any system and they range from 50 words per minute (wpm) upwards. Contact details are on the relevant pages.
We would welcome enquiries from colleges wishing to become IPS Examination Centres – for shorthand speed examinations or typewriting examinations please contact Mary Sorene on 020 8907 8249 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IPS has introduced a new Examination showing realtime machine shorthand proficiency, called Realtime Proficiency Qualification RPQ. The fee for these examinations is £50 per examination, but if two or three speeds are attempted at the same session, a 10% discount is allowed off the second and third examination.
These are similar to the British Institute of Verbatim Reporters’ (BIVR’s) QRR (Qualified Realtime Reporter) examination, but these examinations are open to anyone, members or non-members of the IPS.
Realtime is when the text stroked on your Palan or Steno machine, translates in “real time” through your dictionary via your CAT software, on to the screen into accurate English for participants to follow. The candidate hands in their realtime file immediately following the dictation, with absolutely no editing. With these Realtime Proficiency Qualification examinations preview words are sent out one week in advance of the examination date.
RPQ Regular 160-180 wpm (variable speed, 160, 170, 180, 170, 160) for 5 minutes with no editing whatsoever. Award of an IPS RPQ certificate for a pass with 95% accuracy or RPQ* if with Distinction for 98% accuracy.
RPQ Plus 180-200 wpm (variable speed, 180, 190, 200, 190, 180) for 5 minutes with no editing whatsoever. Award of an IPS RQP + certificate for a pass with 95% accuracy, or RPQ+* if with Distinction for 98% accuracy.
RPQ Higher Plus 200-220 wpm (variable speed, 200, 210, 220, 210, 200) for five minutes with no editing whatsoever. Award of an IPS RPQ ++ certificate for a pass with 95% accuracy, or RPQ++* if with Distinction for 98% accuracy.
In all RPQ examinations a “drop” of 10 words at one time would mean an automatic fail.
The fee for taking the RPQ is £50. Contact the Chair, Mary Sorene to book an RPQ.
If you wish to take an examination, please contact Pat O’Neill, Secretary of the Shorthand Board email@example.com or the Chair, Mary Sorene firstname.lastname@example.org (or telephone as above) with the following information:
Name, address, shorthand speed (wpm) and shorthand system to be used.