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Program Details

Admission Requirements

Acceptance to College of Marin
Eligibility for English 98
Keyboarding skill of 30 wpm

How to Enroll

Program Requirements

Level I -- Theory. One semester class. (Not self-paced)
Level II -- 100 words per minute (Level II through VIII is self-paced)
Level III -- 125 words per minute
Level IV -- 150 words per minute
Level V -- 175 words per minute
Level VI -- 200 words per minute
Level VII -- State Examination Certification
Level VIII -- 225 words per minute

In order to pass from one skill-building level to another, students must pass:
a) one 5-minute Question & Answer test with 98.2% accuracy
b) one 5-minute Jury Charge test with 95% accuracy
c) one 5-minute Literary test with 95% accuracy
d) one 5-, 7.5-, or 10-minute 4-Voice test with 97.5% accuracy


Grammar and Usage
Sentence Structure and Punctuation
Intermediate Business English
Spelling II
Practical Vocabulary Development
Reading Comprehension and Concentration
Medical Terminology I
Medical Terminology II
Legal Terminology
Law Library Skills
Procedures and Ethics for the Court/Deposition Reporter
CSR/RPR Exam Preparation


MS Word
Computer-Aided Transcription
Transcript Preparation/Formatting
Rapid Data Entry

Certificate and Degree Options

Vocational Certificate of Completion

Level 1: Machine Shorthand Specialist
Level 2: Court Reporting

The Level 1 Certificate or AS Degree is awarded after attaining a steno machine writing speed of 150 words per minute and completion of academic course curriculum.

Associate of Science Degree

Level 1: Machine Shorthand Specialist
Level 2: Court Reporting

The Level 2 Certificate or AS Degree is awarded upon qualification to take the California Shorthand Reporters (CSR) Examination. In order to qualify to take the State licensing examination, students must attain a steno machine writing speed of 200 words per minute during four-speaker dictation, in addition to the completion of all required academic subjects.

Length of Program

Two to two and one-half years for required academic subjects
Steno machine speed development is on an individual basis
Total time is impossible to predict as it varies considerably (typically three to six years)

Cost of Program

First semester
Used stenotype machine, $100 to $450
Books and supplies, $300 +
Tuition, $26 per unit, plus fees (subject to change by State Legislature)

Subsequent semesters
Books and supplies, $150 + (varies each semester)
Tuition, $26 per unit plus fees (subject to change by State Legislature)

Who Should Be a Court Reporter

Leading court reporting educators say prospective students should be intelligent, disciplined, motivated, computer-literate and possess above-average language skills. A court reporting career typically requires three to six years of technical training as well as state certification in California. Court reporting students also need to be able to meet deadlines, work well under pressure and concentrate for long periods of time.

Students in court reporting education should expect to do college-level work. The level of intellect needed to complete a court reporting program is equal to that needed to earn a college degree. In fact, court reporting students learn a variety of subjects that are part of many different post-secondary schools -- including civil and criminal law, grammar, vocabulary, legal terminology, anatomy, medical terminology, computer technology and keyboarding.

Court Reporting Web Site
Technical Contact: Julie Oyle, Department Assistant, 415.883.2211 ext. 8200
Content Responsible: Kristin Acredolo, Court Reporting Program Coordinator, 415.883.2211 ext 8226