Exam details

Shorthand exams at speeds of 60 to 80 wpm are four minutes long and split into two passages. Each passage is two minutes with a thirty second interval after the first passage.

Shorthand exams at speeds of 90 to 120 wpm are four minutes long and split into three passages. The first passage is two minutes long followed by a thirty second interval. The second passage is one minute long followed by a fifteen second interval. The third passage is one minute long and contains the quote. Only the quote will be marked from the final one minute passage. Marking guide for two x two minutes – four minutes with no more than three percent error.

Only the quote will be marked from the final one minute passage.

Marking guide for 2 x 2 minutes - 4 minutes with no more than 3% error

60 wpm 70wpm 80 wpm
240 words 280 words 320 words
7 or fewer errors 8 or fewer errors 9 or fewer errors
25 minutes transcription time 30 minutes transcription time 35 minutes transcription time

Marking guide for 2 minutes 1 minute - first 3 minutes with no more than 3% error the quote must be accurate

90 wpm 100 wpm 110 wpm 120 wpm
270 words 300 words 330 words 360 words
8 or fewer errors 9 or fewer errors 10 or fewer errors 11 or fewer errors
40 minutes transcription time 45 minutes transcription time 55 minutes transcription time 65 minutes transcription time

In exams of 90 to 120 wpm learners must transcribe the quote accurately, along with no more than 3 per cent error in the first three minutes' dictation, in order to achieve a pass.