Shorthand is an elective module within the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism. It is a fundamental skill for all journalists and an accurate shorthand note is vital. Candidates aim to achieve 100 wpm to improve their employment prospects and to be eligible to sit the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ).
The NCTJ approves journalism course providers and industry employers to deliver shorthand exams for their candidates across the UK. Exams are currently offered to approved centres at speeds of 60, 70, 80, 100, 110 and 120 wpm.
Separate NCTJ-arranged National exams are available for external candidates (i.e. distance learners, off-course candidates, non-NCTJ learners) at speeds of 60 and 100wpm. If you are an external candidate and would like more information about National exams and available exam dates, please refer to this page.
Further information about the structure of NCTJ shorthand exams, including the marking guide, is available here.