Curriculum

The Mark Kislingbury Academy of Court Reporting located in Houston, TX, will only accept students that demonstrate a very strong desire to work hard and develop superior court reporting skills. The curriculum has been designed to produce excellence in training and results.

The curriculum at The Mark Kislingbury Academy of Court Reporting involves a two-pillared system which features intense, determined training sessions in each of the two primary areas. While this curriculum is in direct conflict with the curriculum the majority of court reporting schools have used for at least the past 20 years, his records and results with his students show his techniques definitely work and are obviously superior.

Mark believes that these other schools are teaching ineffective methods and impractical techniques that actually inhibit most of their students from attaining the speed and accuracy necessary for graduating, thus spending thousands of dollars for nothing.

Using Shorter Strokes

The first part of the curriculum involves learning to write using short strokes. This is the first and a very important part of the same system Mark used to win contests and achieve his Guinness World Record.

Writing at Higher Speeds

The second part of the curriculum involves learning how to practice and write at extremely high speeds. This is also part of the same system Mark used to win his contests and achieve his Guinness World Record. The objective is to write at increasingly higher and higher speeds, thus increasing not only overall speed but also accuracy at lower speeds.

Reading Back

Another part of the curriculum at The Mark Kislingbury Academy of Court Reporting is teaching all of his students how to become proficient at reading back. It is essential for every court reporter to be good at reading back. At our academy, you will learn how to read back at a good pace and also learn how to practice to keep that pace.

Court Reporting Program Description

This program will teach students how to become a professional court reporter. It will fully prepare them to pass the state and national tests that may be required in certain venues, such as Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) and Registered Professional Reporter (RPR). The principal occupational skills that will be taught on-site include using machine shorthand to write literary dictation at speeds up to 180 words per minute, jury charge dictation at speeds up to 200 words per minute, and question-and-answer testimony in legal settings at speeds up to 225 words per minute, all at a minimum of 95% accuracy. Students will learn how to transcribe dictation using CAT software (computer-assisted translation), how to create and format official court transcripts, how to mark and index exhibits, how to create mini-transcripts and ASCII disks, how to connect to other computers for providing realtime and other technologies related to court reporting. They will receive advanced schooling in English vocabulary and usage, punctuation, proofreading and editing skills, current events, as well as law, legal and medical terminology. Students will receive instruction on court reporting procedures and will complete a practical internship. Graduates of the program will be thoroughly prepared to immediately obtain employment in both official and freelance court reporting positions.

Course Descriptions   (in order of course offerings)

First Quarter

BMST1:_Beginning_Machine Shorthand_Theory_1

EVU1:_English_Vocabulary and_Usage_for_Court Reporters_1

MT1:_Medical_Terminology for_Court_Reporters_1

This course is designed to introduce machine shorthand writing. Students will learn how to use all of the keys and form words, phrases, and punctuation at increasing speeds from live  dictation. Prerequisite: none

In this course, students will learn the basic principles of English structure, grammar and usage with an emphasis on punctuation, spelling and vocabulary. Current Events is integrated into this course as a means of general understanding and practical application of skills learned in the course. Prerequisite: none

Students will learn the meanings and spellings of medical words and combining forms so as to be able to correctly transcribe medical testimony. Prerequisite: none

Second Quarter C

BMST2:_Beginning_Machine Shorthand_Theory_2

EVU2:_English_Vocabulary and_Usage_for_Court Reporters_2

MT2:_Medical_Terminology for_Court_ Reporters_2

This course is designed to complete the basics of machine shorthand writing. Emphasis is on memorization of one-stroke words, dates, numbers, punctuation, prefixes, suffixes, and increased vocabulary. Students will apply these skills in increasing speed and accuracy in live dictation. Prerequisite: BMST1

In this course, students will increase their vocabulary in general English with an emphasis on homophones and pseudo-homophones to aid in proper translation from various sources. Law and legal terminology will be a strong component of this course. Prerequisite: EVU1

Students will learn the meanings and spellings of medical words and combining forms so as to be able to correctly transcribe medical testimony. Prerequisite: MT1

Third Quarter CC

AMST:_Advanced_Machine Shorthand_Theory

CRPU:_Court_Reporting Punctuation

CRT:_Court_Reporting Technologies

Advanced theory principles are completed and include the memorization and use of briefs to increase speed and accuracy. Prerequisite: BMST2

Students will learn how to punctuate spoken English in a judicial environment. Prerequisite: EVU2

Students will learn how to properly format and prepare judicial transcripts, including cover page, appearance page, examination and exhibit indexes, question-and-answer, colloquy, parentheticals, jurats, and cert pages, as well as how to prepare ASCII disks and_mini-transcripts.  Students will also learn how to use DigitalCAT court reporting software, including but not limited to: writing realtime, creating, building, and maintaining, dictionaries, editing, formatting, using keyboard macros, using, making, and launching macros from the steno machine. A basic computer skills review is included in this course.       Prerequisite: AMST

Fourth Quarter CC

SB1:_Speed_Building_1/ Keyboarding

 

 

Students will develop machine shorthand skills and increasing speeds in literary, jury charge and testimony transcription. This class involves dictation in literary, jury charge, two-voice and three-voice testimony, and medical/technical dictation. Seven quarter credit hours will be earned for passing this class regardless of the actual time spent to complete. Students must pass one 5-minute test each of Literary at 100wpm, Jury Charge at 120wpm, and Testimony at 120wpm transcribed at a minimum of 95% accuracy at a 1.4 syllabic density to receive full credit. Students will review proper keyboarding technique and correct key stroking on a computer. Speed and accuracy development will enable a student to achieve a minimum of 50 net words per minute with a maximum of 5 errors. Prerequisite: AMST   *Students may advance to the next Speed Building level course at their own pace and within a quarter.

 

 

Fifth Quarter CC

Remaining_Speed_Building Classes

 

CRPR:_Court_Reporting Procedures

*Students may advance to the next Speed Building level course at their own pace and within a quarter

 

This course teaches students, in simulated courtroom scenarios, how to swear in a witness, how to mark exhibits, receive evidence, proper courtroom and deposition room etiquette, the professional rules,  duties, and ethics pertaining to court reporters, and more. Prerequisite: CRT and SB4

Sixth Quarter CC

Remaining_Speed_Building Classes

 

 

*Students may advance to the next Speed Building level course at their own pace and within a quarter.

 

*Speed Building Classes 2-5 descriptions

 

SB2: Speed Building 2

SB3: Speed Building 3

SB4: Speed Building 4

Students will develop machine shorthand skills and increasing speeds in literary, jury charge and testimony transcription. This class involves dictation in literary, jury charge, two-voice and three-voice testimony, and medical/technical dictation. Students may advance to the next Speed Building level course at their own pace and within a quarter. Seven quarter credit hours will be earned for passing this class regardless of the actual time spent to complete. Students must pass one 5-minute test each of Literary at 120wpm, Jury Charge at 140wpm, and Testimony at 140wpm transcribed at a minimum of 95% accuracy at a 1.4 syllabic density to receive full credit. Prerequisite: SB1

Students will develop machine shorthand skills and increasing speeds in literary, jury charge and testimony transcription. This class involves dictation in literary, jury charge, two-voice and three-voice testimony, and medical/technical dictation. Students may advance to the next Speed Building level course at their own pace and within a quarter. Seven quarter credit hours will be earned for passing this class regardless of the actual time spent to complete. Students must pass one 5-minute test each of Literary at 140wpm, Jury Charge at 160wpm, Testimony at 160wpm transcribed at a minimum of 95% accuracy at a 1.4 syllabic density to receive full credit. Prerequisite: SB2

Students will develop machine shorthand skills and increasing speeds in literary, jury charge and testimony transcription. This class involves dictation in literary, jury charge, two-voice and three-voice testimony, and medical/technical dictation. Students may advance to the next Speed Building level course at their own pace and within a quarter. Seven quarter credit hours will be earned for passing this class regardless of the actual time spent to complete. Students must pass one 5-minute test each of Literary at 160wpm, Jury Charge at 180wpm, Testimony at 180wpm and 200wpm transcribed at a minimum of 95% accuracy at a 1.4 syllabic density to receive full credit. Prerequisite: SB3

SB5:_Speed_Building_5/ Internship

SB6:_Speed_Building_6  (optional)

SB7:_Speed_Building_7  (optional)

Students will develop machine shorthand skills and increasing speeds in literary, jury charge, and testimony transcription. This class involves dictation in literary, jury charge, two-voice and three-voice testimony, and medical/technical dictation. Students may advance to the next Speed Building level course at their own pace and within a quarter. Seven quarter credit hours will be earned for passing this class regardless of the actual time spent to complete. Students must pass three 5-minute tests each of Literary at 180wpm, Jury Charge at 200wpm, and Testimony at 225wpm transcribed at a minimum of 95% accuracy accuracy at a 1.4 syllabic density to receive full credit. Emphasis is placed on preparation for the CSR and RPR exams. The Internship shall include a minimum of 40 hours of participation under the supervision of a practicing court reporter using machine shorthand technology, verified by the reporter(s) under whom the internship is being completed and the production of a 40-page salable transcript based on testimony written.  Prerequisite: SB4

Students will develop machine shorthand skills and increasing speeds in literary, jury charge and testimony transcription. This class involves dictation in literary, jury charge, two-voice  and multi-voice testimony, and medical/technical dictation. Students may advance to the next Speed Building level course at their own pace and within a quarter. Seven quarter credit hours will be earned for passing this class regardless of the actual time spent to complete. Students must pass three 5-minute tests each of Literary at 200wpm, Jury Charge at 220wpm, and Testimony at 250wpm transcribed at a minimum of 95% accuracy at a 1.4 syllabic density to receive full credit. This is an optional class and not required for graduation from the program. Prerequisite: SB5

Students will develop machine shorthand skills and increasing speeds in literary, jury charge and testimony transcription. This class involves dictation in literary, jury charge, two-voice and multi-voice testimony, and medical/technical dictation. Students may advance to the next Speed Building level course at their own pace and within a quarter. Seven quarter credit hours will be earned for passing this class regardless of the actual time spent to complete. Students must pass three 5-minute tests each of Literary at 220wpm, Jury Charge at 240wpm, and Testimony at 280wpm transcribed at a minimum of 95% accuracy at a 1.4 syllabic density to receive full credit. This is an optional class and not required for graduation from the program. Prerequisite: SB6

Mark Kislingbury
Mark Kislingbury's Academy of Court Reporting
19708 Northwest Fwy, Ste 2100
Houston,Texas,77065 USA
281-859-0791