Frequently Asked Questions

What will I need to purchase for school?

You will need:


  • Course: Theory
    • Magnum Steno Theory book, Second Edition (once you contact the academy for enrollment, you will be given instructions on how to purchase this book as a student)
  • Course: Medical Terminology
    • You will not need this until your second quarter of Theory.
    • Medical Terminology: A Short Course (5th edition) by Davi-Ellen Chabner. *MUST BE THE 5th Edition
      • You can purchase this on Amazon, Ebay, or any online book retailer that you can find that carries this edition of the book. Price can vary depending on if you buy it new or used. 
  • Course: English Terminology
    • This is an optional purchase and not required for the course. If you would like to use it to supplement the course, you will not use it until your second quarter of Theory.
    • How to Say It and Write It Correctly NOW (2nd Edition) by Dr. Santo J. Aurelio. **MUST BE THE 2nd Edition
      • You can search the same online retailers for copies of this book. Price may vary. 


  • Laptop:
    • 1. Must not be a Mac or a netbook; and run on Windows, Vista, 7,8, and 10
    • 2. Should have at least one USB port, 8 GB or more of RAM, at least a 256 GB SSD drive, and a 2.0+ GHz processor.
    • 3. Microsoft Office and PDF reader required. (For more information on purchasing Microsoft Office separately, please visit the Microsoft website.)
  • Writer:
    • Required features:
    • 1. Extended asterisk key to the right;
    • 2. Extended -DZ keys;
    • 3. Realtime cable.
  • CAT Software:
    • DigitalCAT student software can be purchased at

Does Your Academy Teach Reading Back?

Every court reporter should be good at reading back and this takes practice. Although reading back in no way helps increase writing speed, you need to practice it and become good at it. We will teach you how to read back at a good pace and how to practice to keep that pace.

Will Attending Your Academy Also Help Increase My Control?

As well as training you how to increase your speed, you will also be increasing your control at each level of higher speed you attain.

There is no real way to "practice" for control. What happens is, as you practice at higher speeds, this automatically gives you better control at lower speeds. The overall faster speed you can form strokes at, the more control you will have the lower speeds.

How Will Attending Your Academy Help Build My Speed?

At the Mark Kislingbury Academy of Court Reporting we focus not only on increasing your speed, but also your accuracy.

We train you to increase your speed by teaching you how to move your fingers faster, initially at all costs, even sacrificing accuracy, in order to improve your ability to record strokes faster.

We focus on four main areas in order to increase your speed:

  1. We teach you how to get a stroke for everything and to not drop any strokes at all.
  2. We teach you how to keep up with the speaker at all times and at all costs, even a stroke, so that you never lag behind the speaker.
  3. We teach you how to always form the right stroke based on your own personal ability. We teach you how to "feel" yourself approximating the stroke, even if it is not 100% right.
  4. We teach you how to stay focused and give all of your concentration to the speaker and what he is saying at all times.

What if I do not live in Texas?

You can view classes online. You can complete the Court Reporting Program online, but we do not provide transcripts. The cost for online participants is $250.00 or $300.00, depending on the option you choose, (please refer to the Online Participation section), for court reporters and existing students who have completed Theory and $500.00 for new students who have not completed their Theory classes.

What kind of person makes a good court reporter?

Although it is hard to narrow down, the best court reporters are sharp individuals who are strong in English and quick with their fingers. Playing a musical instrument, typing fast or excelling at video games may also be an indicator of court reporting talent.

What will I learn at the Mark Kislingbury Academy of Court Reporting?

This program will fully prepare you 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.

You will receive advanced schooling in English vocabulary and usage, punctuation, proofreading and editing skills, current events, as well as law, legal and medical terminology.

Do you accept student loans?

We do not accept student loans at this time. However, we think you will find our quarterly tuition very affordable as it is less than half as much as many other schools charge.

How much does it cost to attend the school?

Tuition is $1500.00 per quarter. And for convenience, we will accept monthly payments of $500 (for as long as you are enrolled in the school). The cost is only a little more than $28.00 per day (based on 54 school days per quarter).

Costs of uniforms, books, steno machines and supplies will vary. Please call or come into our office regarding lease programs for steno machines and books offered through the school.

How do I sign up?

You can go to our website and complete the application online. Just click on the Apply Now button.

How long will it take to complete the Mark Kislingbury Academy of Court Reporting Program?

The course outline is set up for students to complete the program in 2 years or less, as compared to most court reporting schools that can take at least 3-5 years to graduate.

How much can a court reporter make?

According to the Occupational Employment Statistics website ( the average annual salary for court reporters is $52,460.

What is court reporting?

A court reporter, also known as a stenographer, is hired to transcribe spoken or recorded speech into written form. The National Court Reporters Association has produced a short program that aired on PBS stations around the nation. To view this video, go to: