Voice Writing Method

What if you could talk your way into a new career?

If you’re exploring the exciting opportunities in court reporting, stenography isn’t the only option. We also offer certification in voice writing, a newer method that is rapidly gaining traction in the profession.

Voice writing is increasingly in demand for court reporting and other real-time communications needs, such as live captioning for TV. Audio-recognition technology is evolving fast, and our instructors are committed to giving our students the best and most current preparation for a dynamic career in voice writing.

Voice writers speak into a mask-like device containing a microphone that transfers their speech into a laptop computer equipped with special voice recognition and translation software. The mask silences the reporter’s voice so as not to disturb the courtroom proceedings, while the software translates the spoken words into text. To achieve the speed and accuracy needed, the court reporter learns to speak rapidly in a shorthand language that is recognized and translated by the software. Like stenography, this method produces a verbatim record of events.

Brown College graduates in both the stenography and voice writing programs ultimately master these skills to produce 225 words per minute with 95 percent accuracy. That’s why our graduates are among the most sought-after in the business.

Have you ever seen anyone write 225 wpm with their voice?

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While a student at Brown College, I remember always wanting to learn more. All of the instructors were willing to listen and willing to help me understand this profession just a little bit better.

Candace Sanders
Graduate at Brown College of Court Reporting

Curriculum

The Court Reporting Program at Brown College is designed to prepare students to take the state certification exam and to prepare the students for an entry-level position in the court reporting field.

This is a representative sample of a court reporting program at Brown College of Court Reporting. Click here for the full curriculum.

Academics Credit Hours
Voice Theory 12

This course introduces the student to basic voice theory, speech recognition engines, dictation techniques, and voice writing equipment. This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge needed to maintain, update, diagnose, and operate a laptop and Windows operating system for the purpose of voice reporting. Daily assignments are given. At the completion of this course, students
should be writing approximately 80 WPM with 97.5% accuracy.

Voice Theory II 8

This course focuses on the interaction of the multiple software applications used to produce accurate, sustained realtime voice recognition. It will reinforce the skills mastered in voice Reporting Theory I, including basic voice theory, speech recognition engines, dictation techniques, and voice writing equipment. Daily assignments are given. At the completion of this course, students should be writing at 120 WPM with 97.5% accuracy.

Introduction to Realtime Reporting 2

This course begins with an introduction to court reporting and court reporting in America today, with a short history of court reporting.

Proofreading 2

Proofreading Credits: 2.0
This is an introduction to proofreaders’ marks and the principles of proofreading, as well as a comprehensive review of problem areas, including sound-alikes, oneword/two-word confusions, spelling, possessives, capitalization, hyphenation, and general punctuation. Prerequisite: EN10, EN20, EN30, 140 speed level

Civil and Criminal Law 2

This course provides a basic introduction to the American legal system. The role of the Supreme Court is discussed, as well as the organization and jurisdiction
of the federal and state courts. Students also learn how to research citations and use reference materials. Civil and criminal procedural and substantive laws are surveyed.

Legal Terminology 2

Students study the origin and use of legal terms and how they are applied in the law of equity, torts, domestic relations, agency, bailments, real estate, etc.

Court Reporting Procedures 2

This course prepares students to perform their official reporting responsibilities: marking exhibits; indexing and storing notes; and preparing financial records,
information sheets, and other materials. Instruction is also given in expert witness testimony, voir dire, speaker identification, interruptions, procedures in chamber, and sidebar conferences. Official and freelance reporters’ ethical responsibilities
are discussed in detail.

Medical Terminology and lab 3

This course covers both general medical terminology and medical terminology connected with specific body systems. Prerequisite: 100 Speed Level

Medical Anatomy/Physiology and lab 4

This course covers general anatomy (structure) and physiology (function) and the anatomy and physiology of specific body systems. Prerequisite: 200 Speed Level, Concurrent Enrollment in JAPLAB

Voice Writing Technology II, III, and IV 2

Students will learn the basic operation of a CAT software to write a job and produce a deposition transcript.

Multi-Voice Dictation for 160, 180, 200, 225 4

Students in the 160 through 225 WPM speedbuilding classes attend multiplevoice dictation sessions, where they apply learned reporting procedures to simulated trials, depositions, and administrative hearings. Prerequisite: 140 Speed Level, CRT303

Reporter Dictation 180 and 200 1

Students in the 180 and 200 WPM speedbuilding classes learn how to prepare a salable transcript, including a title page, appearance page, headings, index page, errata sheet (if needed), certification page, and such other entries as may appear in a given case. Students also learn how to use a style sheet and conduct research. The 180 WPM students will produce three 10-page transcripts. The 200 WPM students will produce two 30-page and three 10-page transcripts.
RPD180/ Prerequisite: 160 Speed Level
RPD200/ Prerequisite: 180 Speed Level

Professional Development 1

This course introduces students to factors that can spell the difference between success and failure on the job, such as time management, communication skills, resume writing, job interviewing, and freelance as well as official reporting exposure. Students are also introduced to the components of business, including sole proprietorship, insurance, and finance. Prerequisite: 180 Speed Level

Court Externship 2

The College arranges for students at the 200 WPM speedbuilding level who have passed one 180 Literary test at 97.6% as well as one 200 Q&A tests to begin their Court Externship. Students will spend at least 40 hours with an official court reporter during actual court sessions. The supervising reporter must verify that the student experienced at least 20 hours of actual writing time. The student must transcribe 40 pages of the proceedings for grading purposes, and submit a narrative report summarizing the externship experience for course credit.
Prerequisite: D7L18B, D7J18B, D5Q18B, D5Q20A, CRTII, CRTIII

Freelance Externship 2

The College arranges for students at the 200 WPM speedbuilding level who have passed one 180 Literary test at 97.6% as well as one 200 Q&A tests to begin their Court Externship. Students will spend at least 40 hours with a freelance court reporter during actual court sessions. The supervising reporter must verify that the student experienced at least 20 hours of actual writing time. The student must transcribe 40 pages of the proceedings for grading purposes, and submit a narrative report summarizing the externship experience for course credit.
Prerequisite: D7L18B, D7J18B, D7Q20B, CRTII, CRTIII

Technical Dictation-Transcription (180) 1

This class is for students at the 180 WPM speed level. Unfamiliar technical material is dictated at varying speeds. Credit is awarded for attendance and completion of satisfactory transcripts from class dictation.
Prerequisite: 160 Speed level, CRT303

Speed Building

Students must pass speed tests at the required speed and accuracy percentage (see catalog) in order to progress to the next level. Length of time to complete the program is based on the individual’s ability to pick up the skill. Full-time students enrolled in our voice writing program typically need 18 months to 24 months for completion. Practicing outside of class time is a crucial element for success with this program.

Speed Courses Credit Hours
140 WPM 2

Students must pass one five-minute, 140-WPM Q&A test at 97.5% accuracy.
Students must complete required production work. Students must also achieve an accuracy level of 93% accuracy on one set of notes on any test passed at 120 or 140 WPM (literary, jury charge, or Q&A). Prerequisite: 120 Speed Level

160 WPM 2

Students must pass one five-minute, 160-WPM Literary test at 97.5% accuracy. Students must also pass a notes test Students must complete required production work. Students must also achieve an accuracy level of 85% on one set of notes on any test passed at 120 or 140 WPM (literary, jury charge, or Q&A). Students
must complete required production work. Readback skills are extensively reinforced. Vocabulary development is stressed. Prerequisite: 140 Speed Level, Punctuation and Usage (EN20)

180 WPM 2

Students must pass one five-minute 180-WPM Q&A test at 97.5% accuracy.
Students must complete required production work. Students must also achieve an accuracy level of 85% on one set of notes on any test passed at 160 or 180 WPM (literary, jury charge, or Q&A*). Readback skills are extensively reinforced. Vocabulary development is stressed. Prerequisite: 160 Speed Level
* Students must pass a notes test for 180 WPM Speedbuilding, Part A, and second notes test for 180 WPM Speedbuilding, Part B.

200 WPM 2

Students must pass one five-minute 200-wpm Q&A test at 96% accuracy. Students must complete required production work. Readback skills are extensively reinforced. Vocabulary development is stressed. Prerequisite: 180 Speed Level

225 WPM 4

Students must pass one five-minute 225 WPM Q&A test at 95% accuracy. In addition to the test requirements, students must transcribe one mock RPR or mock CVR test in its entirety in order to complete the 225 speed level requirements. (No segment of the actual RPR or CVR need be passed to complete this requirement.
However, any segment of the actual RPR or CVR passed will be credited
to the student as a speed test, if applicable.) Students must complete required production work. Readback skills are extensively reinforced. Vocabulary development is stressed. Prerequisite: 200 Speed Level

Multi-Voice Class

Our multi-voice class simulates an actual legal proceeding, using three to four instructors to play various roles in the court: judge, witness, and counsel. Students transcribe the mock proceeding and are asked to submit a saleable transcript.