Online Skills Test Information & Registration

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



Online Skills Steps


Read/review the following required testing information.

Register for an online skills exam.

Schedule and complete a free proctored practice exam.

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Schedule and complete your exam.


*IMPORTANT UPDATE: the technical requirements have been updated recently. Make sure you check them and test your equipment before testing.




Certification test
Student member
Reporter member
 RSR $77 $95 $120
 RPR  $77  $95 $120
 RMR Not eligible $95 Not eligible
 CRR  Not eligible $200 Not eligible
 CRC  $170 $200 $220



Registration information

Testing dates and schedule

NCRA Skills Tests can be scheduled at 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, 8:30a.m.-5:00p.m. E.T.

NOTE: registration ends at midnight Eastern Time


Upcoming dates

Registration periods

Test dates

April 1-20, 2021 May 1-20, 2021
June 1-20, 2021 July 1-20, 2021


Online Skills Test block scheduling

As of June 2019, candidates may now 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. Learn more



Important update for Skills Test Takers

We received an update from our testing partner, ProctorU, on the impact that COVID-19 is having on their services. We want to share some key points from this update as you prepare to test online.

  • Encourage test takers to schedule their tests as soon as possible. There are a finite number of appointments available on each day and they are filled on a first come first served basis.
  • Wait times may be longer than normal and during peak times, may be up to 30 minutes.
  • Encourage test-takers to test their equipment prior to exam day.

Please understand that we are collaborating with ProctorU to do everything possible to keep wait times as low as possible, but the current COVID-19 situation has created extenuating circumstances and we cannot guarantee our usual wait time of fifteen minutes or less for connecting with a proctor.



Online Skills Test registration

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

Please remember to wait until you receive this confirmation to schedule your test. You must schedule all tests 72 hours in advance.

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


NOTE: An external webcam is REQUIRED for online testing. COVID-19 has created a huge demand for web cams. Do not register unless you have an external webcam to use for testing and have read the technical requirements.



NOTE: All tests purchased during the April registration period must be taken during the May 1-20 testing period. Tests will not be valid outside this window.


How to register

Click on the arrow next to the appropriate certification icon below to register for the Online Skills Test. Make sure to select the correct test. We do not switch tests.

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Register for CRR Online Skills Test


Register for CRC Online Skills Test




Proctored practice test

Please be sure to take the free proctored practice if you are not familiar with the online testing process or have not tested recently.

The proctored practice 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 proctored practice test, 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


Additional information

Testing in Realtime Coach

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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 test registration. If you do not contact NCRA by the end of the testing period, your testing fee will be forfeited. If you have already scheduled appointments with ProctorU, contact ProctorU directly (855-772-8678 or to cancel your appointment(s).


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.