Online Skills Test Information & Registration

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

 

*IMPORTANT READ: Read the testing instructions even if you have tested before. They are updated periodically and it is a great way to re-familiarize yourself with the testing process. If anything is unclear, please reach out to testing@ncra.org. We would love to hear your feedback.

 

 

Online Skills Steps

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Read/review the following required testing information.

 
 
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Register for an online skills exam.
 
 
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Schedule your free proctored practice test and schedule your real test.

 
 
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Complete your free proctored practice test.
 
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Complete your real test.
 

 

Fees

Certification test
Student member
Reporter member
Non-member
 RSR $82 $100 $130
 RPR  $82  $100 $130
 RMR Not eligible $100 Not eligible
 CRR  Not eligible $205 Not eligible
 CRC  $175 $205 $230

Registration information

 

Testing dates and schedule

NCRA Skills Tests can be scheduled for 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

October 1-20, 2022 November 1-20, 2022
 December 1-20, 2022 January 1-20, 2023
 February 1-20, 2023 March 1-20, 2023
 April 1-20, 2023 May 1-20, 2023
 June 1-20, 2023 July 1-20, 2023

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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. Visit our FAQs to learn more

 

 

Important

Once you register for a test, you will receive a confirmation email from Realtime Coach (customercare@learnrealtime.com) 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. NCRA recommends scheduling your proctored practice test and real test as soon as you receive your confirmation email. Don't wait!

If you do not receive an email confirmation within three business days of your registration, please contact testing@ncra.org.

 

 

Proctored practice test

Please be sure to take the free proctored practice even if you have tested before. You should complete at least one successful proctored practice test before your real test. 

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 testing@ncra.org 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 www.proctoru.com) 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.