Examinations

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 marysorene@ntlworld.com.

IPS Typewriting Examinations

Speed Examinations Information

Regulations for Speed Examinations

Realtime Proficiency Qualification – RPQ

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 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 Higher* if with Distinction for 98% accuracy.

RPQ Higher 200-220 wpm (variable speed, 200, 210, 220, 210, 200) for five minutes with no editing whatsoever. Award of an IPS RPQ Higher certificate for a pass with 95% accuracy, or RPQ Higher * if with Distinction for 98% accuracy.

RPQ Higher plus 220-240 (variable speed, 220. 230, 240, 230, 220) for five minutes with no editing whatsoever.  Award of an IPS RPQ Higher + certificate for a pass with 95% accuracy, or RPQ Higher+* 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.

Book a speed examination

If you wish to take an examination, please contact Pat O’Neill, Secretary of the Shorthand Board  patsyo999@yahoo.co.uk or the Chair, Mary Sorene marysorene@ntlworld.com (or telephone as above) with the following information:

Name, address, shorthand speed (wpm) and shorthand system to be used.