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.
We do not know if, or when, a particular centre will be holding an exam until they apply. Centres have up to two weeks before each exam date to apply to hold an exam. Once we receive an application from a centre, their details will be published on the website on the venues list.
A 2017-18 shorthand exam attempt costs £15.30. You will need to discuss payment with the centre you have booked the exam with as some centres may charge an administration fee.
Passes will be published on our website. Please see the latest shorthand results page where You can also find the scheduled results dates for each exam.
It may mean that the exam papers were returned late by your exam centre and therefore there has been a delay in your centre's results being returned and published.
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.
Examination reports can be ordered by completing a shorthand exam report request form on this page. The closing date for exam report requests is two weeks after the date results were issued. Please see our fees list for the latest shorthand exam report fee.
Shorthand books and practice CDs/audio downloads can be purchased online - speeds range from 50wpm to 120wpm. Shorthand exam reading pieces are also available.
Please visit our shop for details and to place an order.