Category Archives for FAQs

I’m a reporter but want to scope. Can I test out?

No need to pay for training you don’t need. We have test-outs available for court reporters who are already well-versed in punctuation, notereading, or medical terminology. Each test-out costs $50, and upon passing you can apply the fee as a credit toward the portions of the course you end up taking. If you don’t pass, you […]

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Why is Case CATalyst the best scoping software?

Case CATalyst is the product of Stenograph Corporation, the oldest provider of CAT software in the profession — kind of like how Internet Scoping School is the oldest provider of online scoping education! While other companies have come and gone, Stenograph has survived, thrived, and grown a large, loyal community of users. In fact, ISS […]

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What are the start-up costs involved in becoming a scopist?

These are the start-up costs associated with scoping: A quality computer. The rule of computer equipment is “get the most bang for your buck”: An Intel Pentium computer with the largest hard drive, the fastest processor, and the most RAM you can afford (minimum of 2 GB of RAM is preferred). For more specifics on equipment needed […]

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Can I take one section of the course at a time? Do I have to pay for sections I don’t need to take?

Internet Scoping School is set up so that you, the student, choose and purchase only the units that you need. To protect the integrity of the program, we do require testing out of punctuation, medical terminology, and notereading before granting access to an abbreviated version of the course. Each test is $50 and, should you […]

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What is the Word Skills Test? What if I get a low score on it?

The Word Skills Test is found at the end of our Industry Fundamentals™ portion of the course. We recommend anyone brand new to the court reporting and scoping world enroll in Industry Fundamentals™ before enrolling in our full course. It’s $197, requires no commitment to a payment plan, and you can apply the full price […]

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Does Internet Scoping School help me get clients?

Students are taught how to proactively market themselves within the course. Proactive means we do not teach you to sit there and wait for work to land in your lap, and no one hands you a job at the end, but we do teach you exactly how to find and secure as many clients as […]

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What kind of support will I receive as a student/graduate?

You will receive lifetime access to our student support group on Facebook where you will have access to not only me, but other students and ISS graduates (working scopists!). Lifetime support (and lifetime updates) is one major feature other scoping courses do not offer. Instead, they require re-enrollment and re-payment of tuition. ISS will never ask you to […]

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How long will the course take me to complete?

If you can put in 15-20 hours per week, you may be able to finish the course within about six months. How long it takes to finish depends heavily on your ability to digest and retain the material. As the most complete and thorough scoping course, we go into great depth in each section, and we teach a very thorough […]

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Will electronic recording make scopist obsolete?

For years, we’ve heard speculation that electronic recording will replace the court reporter and eliminate the need for scopists. Here’s my take on that: While electronic recording is said to be less expensive, someone will still need to be there to run the computer and be responsible for the production of an accurate transcript — […]

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Will the training I receive from ISS be adequate for me to pass a certification exam?

I (Linda) served on the Scopist Certification Subcommittee that wrote the first exam, which is waiting to be given when funding is allocated. This groundbreaking committee’s first task was to define the skills and knowledge a scopist needs to possess, and they produced an NCRA document called “The Scopist Job Analysis.” When I originally wrote the content for […]

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