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INTERSTENO: Top of the world

Register for Intersteno’s Internet Keyboarding Competition to see how your keyboarding skills compare around the world

Intersteno’s Internet Keyboarding Competition, held April 17 through May 9 via its website, allows steno machine writers and other keyboarders to test their skills and find out how they rank worldwide. Registration for Intersteno’s Internet Keyboarding Competition is open from March 19-April 16.

“The Internet Competition will whet your appetite to participate in Intersteno,” says Tori Pittman, RDR, CRI, Chair of NCRA’s Intersteno Task Force. “As a first step, you can take 10 minutes of your time and either type or steno stroke your way into international waters. Before your actual assigned time, a visit to the Intersteno practice site is important so you can be sure how it will work with your computer and keyboard/steno machine. Then it’s ready, set, go!”

Competitors will be using the Taki software, which is a free download from the Intersteno website, and can participate on a day of their own choosing between April 17 and May 9. It’s up to the individual to decide how they want to enter the contest — whether using a steno machine or a regular keyboard.

Court reporting programs can register groups of student and host a competition for a class or entire school in conjunction with the event. Court reporting students who are interested in participating should contact their instructor about registering.

“After you’ve done the Internet Competition and gotten your feedback, you will be inspired to research the Congress coming up this summer,” says Pittman. “Many opportunities for competition, education, and exploration await. All it takes is that first step and you’ll be hooked!”

To enter the Internet keyboarding contest, competitors should provide the following information: 1) full name and address; 2) year of birth; 3) technology to be used (keyboard, stenotype machine); 4) language: mother-tongue or multilingual; and 5) the date they plan to take the test to The cost of the contest in U.S. dollars is:

  • $6 for participation only in the mother tongue
  • $8 for competitors writing in two or more languages

Checks must be received by NCRA no later than April 14. Participants will be registered once the check is received. Checks should be made payable to NCRA and mailed to:

Attention: Internet Competition
12030 Sunrise Valley Dr., Suite 400
Reston, VA 20191

More information on the contest is available at

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NCRA’s Intersteno Task Force interviews the winners of the Intersteno Internet Keyboarding Contest

Registration for Internet Keyboarding Competition closes April 16