Saturday, April 6, 2013

Competition

I'm taking the RMR 260 WPM Q&A again this May. Last time I failed by 11 points, because my everloving nerves took over and made my hands shake. This time I really, really want to get it. I found someone on Facebook who also only has the Q&A left before getting the RMR, who also failed by 11 points last winter. I challenged her to a little competition. First I'll pick one of the five-minute practice tests (actually tests administered in previous years), and give it my best shot. Then I'll transcribe the test verbatim (pausing and rewinding as necessary) to compare my own transcript to. Then I'll do the same with the transcript she sends me. Next round, she'll pick another take, then do the verbatim transcription and grading. The choice of which take to do in the final round will go to whoever is winning after two takes, and the one with the fewest overall errors after all three takes wins the contest. The loser has to find something that can only be purchased in their home city and send it to the winner. I'm hoping this will turn out to be pretty motivating for both of us. I like a little competition to keep things interesting. I'll keep you posted on how it all turns out.

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  1. Update: We were pretty much neck and neck for the first two takes, but in the last take, she thrashed me impressively, with about 30 fewer errors! A lot of my errors were on the transcription side rather than the steno writing side, so it taught me to be extra conscientious about correcting spelling and speaker attributions when transcribing. A very good lesson to learn! Now I have to figure out something I can send her that can only be found in New York City. Hmmm...

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