Registered Professional Reporter (RPR)

 

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Just ask an RPR what he or she thinks about the program--81 percent say their RPR designation is valuable to them as individual reporters and 94 percent say RPR certification is an important part of the court reporting profession.

Your RPR means more recognition and respect from your clients, employers, and fellow reporters. Your RPR means more job opportunities and referrals from fellow reporters.

In its comprehensive study of the court reporting profession, Hay Management Consultants refers to the RPR as an entry-level designation. This study, then, clearly establishes 66 percent of NCRA members as professionals.

 

Overview
Register for Skills Tests
Register for Written Knowledge Test (WKT)

What is the RPR?

The Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) is NCRA’s foundational certification designed for entry-level freelance and official reporters, students, those looking for a salary increase, and those in need of a license requirement.

Who is eligible to sit for the RPR exam?

The Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) is NCRA’s foundational certification designed for entry-level freelance and official reporters, students, those looking for a salary increase, and those in need of a license requirement. Candidates no longer need to be members of NCRA in order to take the RPR Exam.

What it takes to pass the RPR exam

To become a RPR, you must have the knowledge, skills, and ability to produce a high-quality verbatim record. The Written Knowledge Test, or WKT, is a 115*-question, multiple-choice test that focuses on three areas:

  • technology (22%)
  • reporting practices (62%)
  • professional practices (16%)

You must pass with a scaled score** of 70 or better.

* In order to provide candidates with a valid and reliable examination, NCRA has started to pretest items for the RPR, RMR, and RDR examinations. Pretesting ensures that all items on an examination are items with good statistics and no brand-new, untried items will appear on any examination. The RPR and RDR examinations will include items for pretesting. This means that the examinations will now have 115 items instead of 100 items. These items will not be scored, so the exams are still based off of 100 points. Candidates will not know which items are pretest items. Also, with the addition of the items, the RPR will now be 105 minutes instead of 90 minutes to allow candidates sufficient time to finish the examination.

** Scaled scoring is a means of assuring fairness and consistency in the difficulty level from one test administration to the next, achieved by applying two widely accepted standard-setting methods to each individual test question. This evaluation, recommended by NCRA's testing consultant and done by the Test Advisory Committee, court reporters, in conjunction with the Certification Standard Setting Task Force, and ensures that NCRA's program continues to meet testing industry standards.

To earn your RPR, you will also have to pass three sections of a skills test that evaluates you in three areas:

  • Literary at 180 wpm
  • Jury Charge at 200 wpm
  • Testimony/Q&A at 225 wpm

After dictation, you have 75 minutes to transcribe your notes from each leg. You must have 95 percent accuracy on each leg to pass.

How to maintain your RPR certification

As an RPR, you will participate in NCRA's continuing education program. To renew your RPR, you must maintain your NCRA membership and earn a minimum of 3.0 CEUs over a three-year period.

Recognition of your achievement

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

Skills Test

You will also have to pass three legs of the Skills Test (SKT), which evaluates your skill level in three areas:

  • Literary at 180 wpm
  • Jury Charge at 200 wpm
  • Testimony/Q&A at 225 wpm

After dictation, you will have 75 minutes to transcribe your notes from each leg. You must have 95 percent accuracy on each leg to pass.

You do not have to pass all the components of the exam at one time. But the sooner you complete them the sooner you can add those letters to your name and increase your value to the profession. There is no time limit for earning the RPR.

Online skills test registration

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 RPR Online Skills Test

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

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

RPR Literary Skills Test Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3
RPR Jury Charge Skills Test Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3
RPR Testimony Skills Test Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3

Written Knowledge Test

The Written Knowledge Test, or WKT, is a 115*- question, multiple-choice test that focuses on three areas that come from the RPR Job Analysis:

  • Technology (22%)
  • Reporting practices (62%)
  • Professional practices (16%)

You must pass with a scaled score of 70 or better.

Written Knowledge Test registration

All candidates are required to read Written Knowledge Test information prior to registering and taking their test. Please refer to the RPR Job Analysis for a breakdown of what the Written Knowledge Test covers. You can also purchase the RPR Study Guide at our online bookstore, which will navigate candidates not only through practice questions, but more importantly, provide detailed instructions and discussions for how to be successful in each domain.

IMPORTANT: Before you register for the Written Knowledge Test, please make sure that your FIRST and LAST names on your picture ID are exactly the same as your NCRA record. You will not be able to enter the testing center if the names don't match (They do not check middle names).

 

You will receive an email with instructions on how to schedule your test with Pearson Vue within three business days of your registration. Please do not attempt to schedule before receiving the email. If you do not receive the email within three business days, please contact us.

Written Knowledge Test schedule

  • January 9-22, 2019 (registration opens December 1-31, 2018)
  • April 9-23, 2019 (registration opens March 1-31, 2019)
  • July 9-23, 2019 (registration opens June 1-30, 2019)
  • October 8-22, 2019 (registration opens September 1-30, 2019)


  • *Written Knowledge Tests have 115 questions but only 100 are used to calculate a candidate's official score. The other 15 questions are new questions that are being tested to capture metrics on their validity.