NYSCRA Certification Exams

Register now for the NYACR and NYRCR tests that will be given on May 19, 2018.  The tests will be adminstered in NYC, White Plains and Rochester. To Register, click here to download the registration form. 
  • New York Realtime Court Reporter (NYRCR)
Certification as an NYRCR objectively attests to realtime skill.
  • New York Association Certified Reporter (NYACR)
Certification as a NYACR objectively demonstrates overall reporting competence.  This test parallels New York State’s Certified Shorthand Reporter, in many other states a mandatory prerequisite to work as a court reporter.
New York Realtime Court Reporter (NYRCR) EXAM
Providing realtime (instant speech to text) display is becoming commonplace, even required, in today’s world of “judicial” reporting.  It has spawned the related careers of Closed Captioning and CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) reporting.  Others are being developed.  Thus, it is increasingly important to verify these skills to the marketplace.
Format of the Exam
Type:      3-voice question and answer
Length:  5 minutes
Speed:    Variable from 180-200 wpm
Passing:   96 percent
Nature:    This is a realtime examination.  Grading is based upon the accuracy of realtime transcription without editing.  Candidate must set up hardware and software, produce realtime text, label file(s) and provide result on nonreturnable removable medium, and then strictly follow all monitor instructions for removal of content from writer and computer.
Two readings are given consecutively each test day.  Candidate may choose which to submit for grading.
This exam is offered two times per year – in the spring and autumn. 
New York Association Certified Reporter (NYACR) EXAM
The State of New York, unlike many others, does not have a mandatory certification or licensure before reporters can work.  Following the example of some other states, NYSCRA has elected to institute this voluntary certification exam.  This will (1) provide objective credentialing to those concerned with competent reporting, (2) demonstrate that this professional association encourages competence and improvement, and (3) show those responsible for statewide certification and budgets that competence is important to us. 
Format of the Exam
Mirroring the format of the NYS Certified Shorthand Reporter exam, there are five parts to this test.
Written Knowledge
Part 1.  Legal Terminology.  20 multiple-choice questions (basic law, legal procedures, and legal terminology)
Part 2.  English Terminology.  40 multiple-choice questions (spelling, word usage, vocabulary, punctuation)
              Warm-Up - 200 wpm Q&A – 3 minutes
              [Not Transcribed – Not Graded]
Part 3.    200 wpm – 4-Voice Testimony – 7 minutes
              95% passing grade (70 errors)
Part 4.    175 wpm – 2-Voice Medical Q&A – 5 minutes
              95% passing grade (43 errors)
Part 5.    Jury Charge – 175 wpm – 4 minutes 
              TO BE READ BACK within 12 minutes
              35 errors maximum
This exam is offered two times per year – in the spring and autumn. 
Congratulations to these Successful NYRCR and NYACR Candidates!
Certified New York Realtime Court Reporters
Congratulations to the following NYSCRA members who have earned the New York Realtime Court Reporter (NYRCR) certification since its October 2013 inception:
Elizabeth A. Black, CSR, RMR, CRR, NYRCR
Meredith A. Bonn, CSR, RPR, NYRCR
Francesca Cioffi, RPR, CM, CSR, NYRCR, NYACR
Michael D. DeVito, CSR, RPR, CRR, NYRCR
Donna Evans, NYRCR
Toni Ann Figueroa, NYRCR
Suzanne M. Gillson, CSR, RMR, NYRCR
Mirabai Knight, NYRCR
Ashley M. Knights, RPR, NYRCR
Sharon Lengel, NYRCR
Debra A. Levinson, CSR, RMR, CRR, CMRs, NYRCR
Kerry A. Meegan, RPR, CRR, CSR, NYRCR
Vincent J. Palombo, RMR, CRR, NYRCR
Marita Petrera, RPR, CRR, NYRCR
Pamela Palomeque, RPR, CRR, NYRCR
Bonnie Piccirillo, NYRCR, NYACR
Ashley Principe, RPR, RMR, NYRCR
Rachel Simone, NYRCR
Amanda Thelema, RPR, NYRCR
Terry-Ann Volberg, NYRCR
Francesca Cioffi, RPR, CM, CSR, NYRCR
Certified New York Association Certified Reporters
Congratulations to the following NYSCRA members who have earned the New York Association Certified Reporter certification since its May 2015 inception:
Chris Shin, NYACR
Ingrid Andersen, NYACR
Karen Bianchi, NYACR
Kathy Smith, NYACR
Diana Smith, NYACR
Molly Chino, NYACR, NYRCR
Marisa Nold, NYACR
Ashley Kleinschmidt, NYACR, NYRCR
Melissa Lindholm, NYRCR, NYACR
Kelly Coccho, NYRCR
Gabrielle Cardelli, NYACR
Elizabeth Brucie, NYACR, RCR 
Julie A. Wick, NYSACR
Francesca Cioffi, RPR, CM, CSR, NYRCR, NYACR
Noah Collin, NYACR
Mary Agnes Drury, RPR, NYACR 
Bonnie Piccirillo, NYRCR, NYACR
Diane V. Salters, RPR, NYACR
With the growth of nontraditional reporting employment (e.g., captioning, CART), those who work in the legal-related areas of courts, depositions, and arbitrations are increasingly referred to as “judicial” or “legal” reporters.  Such references, more common in other states, is used to distinguish captioners and CART providers from court reporters in legal settings. 
Employment in the NYS Court System
The New York State Unified Court System hires permanent court reporters based on statewide testing.  (Part-time, even per-diem, hires sometimes occur.)  Successful candidates, ranked by grade, are eligible for appointment to courts throughout the state.  There are separate examinations for the lower and higher courts. 
Examinations, when conducted, fill vacancies in the courts throughout the State of New York.  Promotional hires usually are made to the NYS Supreme and County Court before canvassing from the open-competitive list. 
Employment in Freelance
When seeking employment with a freelance agency, serious reporters arm themselves with objective proof of performance skills and knowledge.  Their attire and demeanor are also commensurate with working in the conservative arena of law and courts. 
Realtime reporting has become an integral tool of the successful freelance reporter.  Thus, achieving realtime certification, using up-to-date technology, and staying current about related technology are vital reporting tools. 
NYSCRA and NCRA offer training seminars, certifications, and other assistive tools.
Closed Captioning (Subtitling)
Text displayed on a television or large screen is high-tech court reporting technology at work.  During live broadcasts, reporters produce that text – using speech-to-text technology similar to realtime text produced for lawyers during court.  Certification is an extremely important prerequisite for employment in this arena.
NCRA’s Certified Broadcast Captioner (CBC) examination offers objective performance certification for captioners.


CART Reporting
CART providers usually provide communication access to the deaf, but also can display text to viewers onsite (often on oversized monitors), and stream text to the internet.  The function they perform is similar to captioning; that is, they instantly turn speech to text for immediate review.  Certification in this arena is also extremely important for employment.
NCRA’s Certified CART Provider (CCP) examination offers objective performance certification for CART providers.


One aim of a professional association is to provide court and related reporters the opportunity to objectively demonstrate their abilities – to prospective employers, for self-improvement, and to prepare for other tests.  To private-sectors employers, certification provides objective evidence of the reporter’s skill level, therefore supports employability.  NYSCRA, NCRA, and USCRA offer certification examinations. 
The Role of NYSCRA
NYSCRA alerts its members to upcoming employment and professional examinations.  It also posts known prep sessions and other known assists. 
When NYSCRA representatives negotiate for pro-reporter legislation, their bargaining position is strengthened when they can show a strong constituency who also objectively demonstrate fine performance skills. 
Another important reason why this association conducts examinations is an understanding that reporters cannot always travel to distant locations where other groups conduct similar exams, and so it brings these tests to the doorstep of our members several times annually.
Demonstrating the high-tech nature of the contemporary court reporting profession, and following the lead of NCRA, NYSCRA is currently in the process of converting to online testing.  Watch for confirmation.  Such will alleviate traveling to test locations and will better accommodate the candidate’s schedule, allowing flexible test scheduling and greater frequency. 
NCRA Certification Exams
Registered Professional Reporter (RPR)
Registered Merit Reporter (RMR)
Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR)
Certified Broadcast Captioner (CBC)
Certified CART Provider (CCP)


USCRA Certification Exams
Federal Realtime Reporter (FCRR)
[Click here for link to USCRA details and schedule]
Certification Examinations
Employment Examinations

The last court reporting examinations by the NYS Unified Court System were conducted on April 25, 2015 (lower court, Grade JG24) and June 13, 2015 (Supreme Court, Grade JG27). 

Future test announcements will appear here.

Known organized test dictation sessions, as reported by NYSCRA members and schools:
New York Career Institute


Realtime Center for Learning