Online Skills Test Registration

The information below pertains to the following NCRA certifications: RSR, RPR, RMR, CRR, and CRC. All skills testing is conducted online.



Make sure you have read the testing instructions BEFORE you register, even if you have tested before. They are updated periodically, and it is a great way to re-familiarize yourself with the testing process.



Online Skills Testing Steps

Review the Online Skills Test Information  BEFORE registering.
Step 2 
Register for an online skills test.
Step 3 

Plan a date to take your test during the 1-20 testing period for which you registered.

Step 4 
Take an online skills practice test session.
Step 5 
Take your real test during the 1-20 testing period on the day and time of your choice.


(Pricing per individual test)

Certification test
Student member
Reporter member
 RSR $86 $105 $137
 RPR  $86 $105 $137
 RMR Not eligible $105 Not eligible
 CRR  Not eligible $215 Not eligible
 CRC  $184 $215 $242


Registration information


Testing dates and schedule

NCRA Skills Tests can be taken any time or day that is convenient for you within the valid testing period. Please keep in mind that NCRA staff is not available after hours, weekends, or all Federal holidays. NCRA office and Member Service hours are M-F, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Eastern.

NOTE: registration ends at midnight Eastern



Upcoming dates

Registration periods

Test dates

 December 1-20, 2023 January 1-20, 2024
  February 1-20, 2024 March 1-20, 2024 
 April 1-20, 2024 May 1-20, 2024 
 June 1-20- 2024 July 1-20, 2024 



Online Skills Test block scheduling

Candidates may register for a single attempt at each skills test that they are eligible for during the open registration window, and then test the following month. Visit our FAQs to learn more





NOTE: We DO NOT SWAP REGISTRATIONS! Make sure you are registering for the correct test. If you register for the wrong test, you will need to cancel that registration and re-register for the correct test. Cancellation policies and fees will still apply.









Once you register for a test, you will receive a confirmation email from Realtime Coach ( within three business days. Your confirmation email will contain important information for your test.

You must take your test(s) within the 1-20 testing period for which you registered. NCRA recommends taking an online skills test practice session if you have not recently tested or have updated your testing equipment.

If you do not receive an email confirmation within three business days of your registration, please contact





Online Skills Test Practice Session

Please be sure to take an online skills test practice test session if you have not recently tested or have new testing equipment. The online skills test practice session ensures that your computer and equipment meet the technology requirements in the true testing environment and that you are familiar with the online testing process.

When you take your online skills test practice session, choose the test labeled "Practice" (otherwise, you will be taking the actual test). The practice areas include:

  1. Attaching your notes file
  2. Attaching your transcript
  3. Copying and pasting your transcript into the Transcript area

Cancellation policy

Cancellations should be sent to using the online skills test cancellation form no later than the last day of the testing period based on the registration for the test(s) being cancelled to be considered for a refund.

NCRA will retain a $35 processing fee for each cancelled test registration. If you do not contact NCRA by the end of the testing period for which you registered, your testing fee will be forfeited. If you are requesting a cancellation and refund after the cancellation deadline due to an injury, major illness, or other extenuating circumstance, please submit back-up documentation with the cancellation form. Examples of adequate back-up documentation include, but are not limited to, doctors’ notes, obituaries, etc. Extenuating circumstance cancellations must be received within 30 days of the standard cancellation deadline. Please note that the $35 processing fee will still be applied. Failure to submit your request with back-up documentation will result in the return of your request without consideration.

Cancellations for extenuating circumstances must be received within 30 days after the cancellation deadline of the testing period for which you registered to be considered. If you do not contact NCRA within 30 days after the cancellation deadline of the testing period for which you registered with the necessary extenuating circumstance documentation, your testing fee will be forfeited. Any cancellations received after the 30 days will not be considered for a refund, no matter the circumstances.



Online testing policy

All online testing candidates are required to sign the following disclaimer prior to taking their test(s):

I acknowledge I am aware of the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) policy concerning testing honesty and integrity. Failure to follow any NCRA Testing procedures may result in my automatic failure and being barred from taking NCRA-administered tests for a minimum of three testing cycles or permanently depending on the nature of the violation. NCRA members may also be suspended or expelled from the association. I understand that the test is the exclusive property of the National Court Reporters Association. Copyright law protects the NCRA Tests. No part of these tests may be copied or reproduced in part or whole by any means whatsoever, including memorization, unless previously authorized by NCRA.

I further attest that the skills exam I am submitting is solely my own and was developed stenographically during the exam. I have used no notes, materials, or other aids other than those provided by NCRA. I further attest that, to the best of my knowledge, I have not retained a copy (either audio, text or stenographically) of the skills exam. Further, if I discover at any time that I have accidentally retained said copy, I will immediately delete it (any and all formats), and notify NCRA promptly of the discovery. I further attest that I will not share any copies of this skills test with others, nor will I share its content (terminology or topic), either privately or on a public forum. The theft or attempted theft of an NCRA Test is punishable as a crime.