Shorthand exam bookings

Changes to centre shorthand bookings for 2019-20

In 2019-20, all shorthand exams will now be sat in Cirrus and centres will need to provide candidate entry details at point of booking. Full details to be confirmed via the admin pack later this month (August). A new booking form is currently under construction and will be ready for use in early September. However, for any centres booking the early 13 September exam date, please submit your canidates' details manually when you book, using either the Word or Excel template below.

Candidate entry, attendance and results list - Word version

Candidate entry, attendance and results list - Excel version

Download one of the above templates, 'save as' to your device, complete, and return by email to when you book the exam.

Exam Booking Form

The NCTJ encourage centres to admit external candidates to their shorthand exams. This opportunity greatly assists candidates studying via distance learning, trainee reporters and those striving to achieve their NCTJ qualification. Please indicate whether you are prepared to accept external candidates for this exam:

Before commencing this exam, please read the shorthand conditions of examinations. These must be adhered to and the "Procedures for Candidates" must be handed out. Any departure from the NCTJ's conditions will render the examination void.

Invigilators can find the full shorthand admin pack within their unique login.