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Old 07-20-2010, 12:59 PM
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Okay, so there's free typing tests all over the web. How about transcription practice tests?

I found these two where you can practice listening and typing what you hear:

To practice listening and transcribing, Stenospeed.com has several sound files to choose from. All files are about five minutes long, and you can chose files based on your typing speed. Once you’re done, you can even see the text to make sure you heard the words correctly.

Another useful site is Listen and Write, which also has a variety of files to chose from. If you like, you can set up a free account to view your score and track your history/progress on the site.

I've been wanting for a while to make up some free, more thorough, field-specific transcription tests of my own where you can download the audio, template, and style guide for yourself (just like you'd do from an actual transcription company) try it for yourself, and then download my completed transcript to see how you did. (I have several years of experience as a medical, legal, general, etc. transcriptionist to help me know how to make the tests.)

I've been super busy lately, but I think I might have time to work on this now. I just wanted to see if this is something anyone would actually find helpful or not before I put the work into it. You can PM me or respond to this thread to let me know.
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Old 07-20-2010, 02:49 PM
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I haven't had a chance to try them, but I was looking for practice stuff. Only found the one on Express Scribe which is their examples. Thanks for your effort! It's appreciated.
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Old 07-21-2010, 07:53 AM
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As a newbie, I need all the practice I can get! Thanks!
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Old 07-21-2010, 09:31 PM
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Thanks for the information!
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Old 07-24-2010, 07:49 AM
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Thanks for the links Mama Typist. I've added those links to my WAH list email.

Those are both great resources for people wanting to try transcription.
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Old 07-24-2010, 01:25 PM
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I think those tests would be useful. I own an Indiana medical transcription service, and I think it'd be a nice beginning tool to measure a candidate's potential efficiency.

How long do you intend for these samples to be? For something that I might be interested in, something on the order of 15 minutes would be useful.
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Old 07-25-2010, 02:47 PM
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Okay, so there's free typing tests all over the web. How about transcription practice tests?

I found these two where you can practice listening and typing what you hear:

To practice listening and transcribing, Stenospeed.com has several sound files to choose from. All files are about five minutes long, and you can chose files based on your typing speed. Once you’re done, you can even see the text to make sure you heard the words correctly.

Another useful site is Listen and Write, which also has a variety of files to chose from. If you like, you can set up a free account to view your score and track your history/progress on the site.

I've been wanting for a while to make up some free, more thorough, field-specific transcription tests of my own where you can download the audio, template, and style guide for yourself (just like you'd do from an actual transcription company) try it for yourself, and then download my completed transcript to see how you did. (I have several years of experience as a medical, legal, general, etc. transcriptionist to help me know how to make the tests.)

I've been super busy lately, but I think I might have time to work on this now. I just wanted to see if this is something anyone would actually find helpful or not before I put the work into it. You can PM me or respond to this thread to let me know.
That is cool. I can't wait to spend some time checking these links out more fully!
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Old 08-02-2013, 04:09 PM
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I enjoy both sites for practice transcribing. I am pleased to find that I am still at over 65 wpm. Its like riding a bike I guess. Years of experience still with me. Thanks for your time and efforts.
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