Program Objectives

and Diploma Requirements

Stenography Requirements

The student must write and transcribe two (2) 225 words per minute three-voice testimony tests and one 180 words per minute literary test with at least 95% accuracy.

Since reporters use computer translation to produce a transcript, there is little or no direct typing of text from a keyboard. However, the productive use of a computer during application and Internet activity does require an ability to use the keyboard and mouse effectively. The objective of the keyboarding course is to enable the student to attain a minimum of 40 adjusted words per minute, rated by adaptive response software, and use the keyboard and mouse to navigate Windows applications. The objective of the CAT course is to enable the student to use a Windows based application to produce a realtime translation, to manage the files associated with that translation, and to modify a core dictionary for personal writing style.

The objective of the English course is to enable the student to produce a transcript demonstrating not only Standard English skills, but also punctuation of extemporaneous speech, which is common in most hearings. The objective of the legal course is to enable the student to demonstrate an understanding of legal terminology and procedures encountered on a variety of reporting assignments. The objective of the medical course is to enable the student to demonstrate a familiarity with medical terminology.

No transcript or diploma will be issued until all fees have been paid in full.


Stenographic Institute graduates are entitled to placement assistance without charge. While placement service is provided, it is understood that the school cannot promise or guarantee employment to any student or graduate. Employment data on our students is available at the school or will be sent upon request.

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Stenographic Institute of Western New York

School of Court Reporting

4525 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14226

Mon: 6pm - 9pm
Tues:  6pm - 9pm
Wed: 9am-9pm
Thurs: 6pm - 9pm