Frequently asked questions

Some of the NCTJ approved shorthand exam centres will accept external candidates. Please check the exam venues and dates page for details of centres that have applied to hold shorthand exams. You must contact the centre directly to make arrangements.

Remember to take photographic ID with you to the exam - valid passport, drivers' licence, student ID card, company ID card.

A 2018-19 shorthand exam attempt costs £15.60. You will need to discuss payment with the centre you have booked the exam with as some centres may charge an administration fee.

Certificates will be issued to the exam centre around fifteen to twenty working days after the exam, however this may be longer during busy/holiday periods. Please ensure you give your address details to the exam centre to forward your certificate on to you.