Speed Examinations Information

Speed Length Transcription Time Entrance Fee/Member
50, 60 and 70 wpm 3 mins 45 mins £7.00                 £5.00
80 and 90 wpm 4 mins 1 hour £7.00                    “
100 wpm 5 mins 1 ¼ hours £9.00                 £6.00
110, 120 and 130 wpm 5 mins 1 ½ hours £9.00                    “
140, 150 and 160 wpm 5 mins 2 hours £12.00               £8.00
170 and 180 wpm 5 mins 2 ¼ hours £12.00                  “
190 wpm 5 mins 2 ½ hours £12.00                  “
200 wpm 5 mins 2 ½ hours £15.00               £10.00
210, 220 and 230 wpm 5 mins 2 ¾ hours £15.00                  “
240. 250 and 260 wpm 5 mins 3 hours £15.00                  “
270 and 280 wpm 5 mins 3 ¼ hours £15.00                  “

 

There is a members’ discount indicated under “Member” above

The transcription times for a “CAT” examination are somewhat reduced from those listed above which is for writing it back by hand. Arrangements must be made in advance to undertake a “CAT” examination.

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.

Why not attend the IPS Thursday evening dictation sessions 7-8 p.m. every Thursday (except August and over the Christmas holidays) to hone your skills.  You may also earn CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points as a Certificate is awarded for structured training for each hour.

We would welcome enquiries from colleges wishing to become IPS Examination Centres.

For further information, or to take an examination, please contact the following:

Mrs Mary Sorene FIPS (Chair)
73 Alicia Gardens
Kenton
Harrow
Middx
HA3 8JD
Tel: 020 8907 8249
E-mail: marysorene@ntlworld.com