Registered Merit Reporter (RMR)

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Once you have established yourself as an RPR, your next step is to become an advanced-level court reporter by passing the Registered Merit Reporter Exam.

With your RMR, your peers and clients will recognize you as one of the top court reporters in the country. Your RMR gives you more opportunities for challenging and lucrative job assignments, an opportunity to compete in NCRA's National Speed Contest, the inspiration to enhance your skills and become an even more valuable part of the judicial system, eligibility to become an RDR, and 0.25 PDCs for passing each leg of the exam.

 

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What is the RMR?

The Registered Merit Reporter (RMR) is NCRA’s next-level skills certification designed for mid-career court reporters, those looking for the next level of networking, and those looking for a potential salary increase.

RMR Certification process

To earn your RMR, you'll have to pass three legs of a skills test that evaluates you in three areas:

  • Literary at 200 wpm
  • Jury Charge at 240 wpm
  • Testimony/Q&A at 260 wpm.

After dictation, you have 75 minutes to transcribe your notes and submit your final transcript for each leg.You must have 95 percent accuracy on each leg to pass.

You do not have to pass all the sections of the exam in one sitting.

Who is eligible to sit for the RMR exam?

To apply for the RMR Exam, you must be a member of NCRA and a current RPR.

What it takes to pass the RMR exam

To earn your RMR, you'll have to pass three sections of a skills test that evaluates you in three areas: Literary at 200 wpm, Jury Charge at 240 wpm, and Testimony/Q&A at 260 wpm. After dictation, you have 75 minutes to transcribe your notes and submit your final transcript for each leg . You must have 95 percent accuracy on each leg to pass.

You do not have to pass all sections of the exam at one sitting.

Differences between the RMR program and the former CM

All NCRA members who were members in good standing at the time of conversion (on Nov. 4, 1994) were automatically converted to the new program as RMRs, unless they requested otherwise. Nonmembers will retain their CM designation.

In order to maintain your RMR, you'll need to maintain continuous membership and your RPR certification. You will renew both your RPR and RMR simultaneously with the same 3.0 CEUs. In other words, you won't have to earn a total of 6.0 CEUs to renew your RPR and RMR.

By participating in NCRA's Continuing Education program, RMRs will maintain their skills and stay on top of the latest changes in the court reporting profession.

Recognition of your achievement

After you have earned your RMR, you'll receive an official NCRA certificate to display in your home or office. Your RMR also gets recognition in the Journal of Court Reporting, the NCRA Sourcebook, and on NCRA's website.

Online Skills Test Registration - Quarter 2

Register selecting "attempt 1" if you have not yet taken a test this quarter; "attempt 2" if you have already taken "attempt 1" for this quarter; and "attempt 3" if you have already taken "attempt 1" and "attempt 2" for this quarter.

Once you register for an exam, you will receive a confirmation email from Realtime Coach within three business days. Your confirmation email will contain scheduling information for your exam. All exams must be scheduled and taken within 30 days of your confirmation email. Please remember to wait until you receive this confirmation to schedule your exam. You must schedule all exams 72 hours in advance. If you do not receive an email confirmation within three days of your registration please contact testing@ncra.org.

Thank you and good luck on your exam!

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Register for the RMR Online Skills Test

Use the links below to register for an attempt of the RMR Online Skills Test.

All candidates are required to read Online Skills Test information prior to registering and taking their test.

Due to recent Chrome updates, please use Internet Explorer or Firefox to take your skills tests.

RMR Literary Skills Exam Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3
RMR Jury Charge Skills Exam Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3
RMR Testimony Skills Exam Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3