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Meet the NCRA Committees: WKT

The Creative Content Task Force (CCTF) was created in 2021 to assist with identifying and providing content that can be shared internally and externally to help promote the stenographic court reporting and captioning professions. Among the group’s charges is the promotion of NCRA committees and the work their members are doing to help move the professions into the future. To meet this charge, CCTF Chair Anthony D. Frisolone, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC, CRI, reached out to committee chairs with several questions to learn more. These profiles will appear periodically in the JCR Weekly.

Focus on: NCRA Written Knowledge Test Committee

Chair: Allison L. Kimmel, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC, an official court reporter from Marysville, Ohio

Vice Chair: Geanell C. Adams, RMR, CRR, CRC, CRI, a captioner and agency owner from Terry, Miss.

Committee Description: The Written Knowledge Test Committee writes and edits test questions for the RPR and RDR Written Knowledge Tests (WKT). The committee works with a Pearson VUE consultant and a psychometrician to develop Written Knowledge Test items. Members serving on this committee cannot take the RPR or RDR certification exams for three years after serving on the committee. Committee members must adhere to a strict nondisclosure agreement and never share committee interaction or testing content. 

CCTF | Briefly, what are some of the main initiatives this committee is especially focused on this year?

AK | There are several initiatives:

  • To continually develop relevant test items and review old items for relevance and accuracy. (We do this always.)
  • To ensure the written knowledge aspect of NCRA’s testing mission is carried out.
  • To ensure candidates have a seamless testing experience.
  • To review comments/suggestions/complaints of test candidates to ensure an improved testing experience. 

CCTF | What drives the committee members to feel so passionate about the work this group is doing?

AK | Participating in the continuous development and review of test items allows NCRA to offer a high-quality testing experience that provides value for candidates and consumers alike.

CCTF | What impact do the committee members hope their work meeting the charges of this group will have on the profession both internally (on NCRA members) and externally (on the public and those working in the legal arena)?

AK | The hope of our committee members is that our work enables NCRA to carry out its testing mission by ensuring that candidates possess the requisite professional knowledge to meet the needs of the public.

CCTF | As chair, what is the one message you would like to share with NCRA members about getting involved in committee work? 

AK | The message my co-chair and I would share is: Be the change you would like to see. There is work to be done. For every suggestion, recommendation, and/or criticism we as members may have, there is always, always room for bettering our profession through the knowledge and expertise of its members. We are ONE NCRA, and we are STRONGER TOGETHER.

Interested in joining an NCRA committee? Find out more information about NCRA committees and how to volunteer at

Anthony D. Frisolone, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC, CRI, is an official court reporter for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York. He can be reached at