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INTERSTENO: Registration for Internet Keyboarding Competition closes April 16

Last chance to register for Intersteno’s Internet Keyboarding Competition and find out how your keyboarding skills rate 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 rate worldwide. Registration for Intersteno’s Internet Keyboarding Competition closes April 16. NCRA members who place in the contest will be listed in upcoming issues of the JCR and JCR Weekly.

“I really enjoyed competing in the Intersteno Internet contest,” says Mark Kislingbury, RDR, CRR, who participated for the first time in 2016. Kislingbury is a past NCRA Speed and Realtime Contest winner. “It was a completely new experience, learning to write realtime while reading from text (as opposed to hearing it dictated). It’s very challenging and certainly takes practice. The practice section of the website was very good, so I could practice a lot until I decided to take my test when I felt ready.”

“The Internet Competition will whet your appetite to participate in Intersteno,” says Tori Pittman, RDR, CRI, Chair of NCRA’s Intersteno Task Force.

Competitors will use the Taki software, which is a free download on the Intersteno website, and can participate on a day of their own choosing between April 1 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.

“It was really nice seeing so many competitors around the world using mostly a computer keyboard and how amazingly fast they were,” said Kislingbury. “I hope to compete again this year and significantly increase my characters per minute.”

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.

To enter, 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: choose 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