How to apply for a shorthand exam

  1. decide which date you want to sit the exam
  2. choose a venue from those listed in the exam venues document below
  3. telephone the venue to book and pay for the exam
  4. take photographic ID with you to the exam - driving licence, valid passport, student ID card, company ID card

Please click on the link below for a list of exam dates and available venues. Please note, not all centres are able to accept external candidates.

Centres have up until two weeks before the exam date to apply to the NCTJ. Therefore if you do not see a centre in your area please refer back to the venues list nearer the time of the exam date.

NB – The exam venues page is updated regularly with all of the details of centres that have applied to hold exams.

Month Exam Date Speed Results Date Notes
September 2018 Friday 7 100 Tuesday 18 September  
  Friday 14 80, 100 Tuesday 25 September Final 100wpm date for November NQJ
October 2018 Friday 12 100 Tuesday 23 October  
November 2018 Thursday 8 60, 100 Tuesday 20 November  
  Thursday 22 80 Tuesday 4 December  
  Friday 23 60, 100 Tuesday 4 December  
December 2018 Thursday 6 70, 110 Thursday 3 January  
  Friday 7 80, 100 Thursday 3 January  
  Thursday 13 60, 100 Thursday 3 January  
January 2019 Thursday 3 80, 100 Tuesday 15 January  
  Friday 4 60, 100 Tuesday 15 January Final 100wpm date for March NQJ
  Thursday 17 60, 100 Tuesday 29 January  
  Friday 18 80, 110 Tuesday 29 January  
  Thursday 24 80 Tuesday 5 February  
  Friday 25 60, 100 Tuesday 5 February  
February 2019 Thursday 7 60, 80 Tuesday 19 February  
  Friday 8 80, 100 Tuesday 19 February  
  Thursday 21 80, 100 Tuesday 5 March  
  Friday 22 60, 70 Tuesday 5 March  
March 2019 Friday 1 60, 80 Tuesday 12 March  
  Thursday 7 100 Tuesday 19 March  
  Thursday 21 80, 100 Tuesday 2 April  
  Friday 29 60, 80 Tuesday 9 April  
April 2019 Friday 5 60, 100 Tuesday 16 April  
  Friday 12 100, 120 Wednesday 24 April  
  Thursday 25 80, 100 Wednesday 8 May  
  Friday 26 100, 110 Wednesday 8 May  
May 2019 Thursday 9 100 Tuesday 21 May  
  Friday 10 60, 70 Tuesday 21 May  
  Thursday 16 80 Wednesday 29 May  
  Friday 17 80, 100 Wednesday 29 May Final 100wpm date for July NQJ
  Thursday 30 60, 80 Tuesday 11 June  
  Friday 31 100, 120 Tuesday 11 June  
June 2019 Friday 7 80, 100 Tuesday 18 June  
  Thursday 20 100, 110 Tuesday 2 July  
  Friday 21 60, 80 Tuesday 2 July  
  Thursday 27 60, 100 Tuesday 9 July  
July 2019 Thursday 11 80 Tuesday 23 July  
  Friday 12 60, 100 Tuesday 23 July