Individuals who hold a Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) certificate from the National Court Reporters Association or a Certified Verbatim Reporter (CVR) certificate from the National Verbatim Court Reporters Association and are in good standing with such association may, on application to the Board of Examiners (per Supreme Court Rule 307) become a Kansas Certified Court Reporter upon successfully passing a written examination with respect to their knowledge of the duties of a court reporter, of court procedure and general legal terminology.
Individuals who hold a valid and unrevoked certified court reporter or certified shorthand reporter certificate or license issued by a state other than Kansas where an exam is given which is equivalent to or more stringent than the current Kansas exam may, on application to the Board of Examiners (per Supreme Court Rule 307) become a Kansas Certified Court Reporter on the following conditions:
(1) proof of passage of another state's examination equivalent to or more stringent than the Kansas exam,
(2) proof of passage of the other state's examination within three years prior to application in Kansas or proof acceptable to the Board of Examiners of five years' practice experience as a court reporter, and
(3) successful completion of this state's written examination with respect to the applicant's knowledge of the duties of a court reporter, of court procedure and general legal terminology.
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Examinations usually take place in May and October annually at the Capitol Plaza Hotel's Maner Conference Center in Topeka (1717 SW Topeka Boulevard, Topeka, Kansas 66612).
The examination consists of the following:
A written knowledge test given at 8:30am - Passing score is 70% or better
A dictated examination given after the written exam at the following speeds:
180 wpm medical testimony, two-voice, five minutes
200 wpm solid matter, one-voice, five minutes
225 wpm ordinary testimony, two-voice, five minutes
Passing accuracy rate is 95% or better for all three portions.
Test results will NOT be available the day of the examination. You will be notified within 7-10 days in writing at the address you provide to the Clerk of the Appellate Courts office.
Once an individual has successfully completing the written knowledge examination and all three dictated portions, a written procedures examination will be given later by mail. This MUST be satisfactorily completed before the Board can recommend an individual to the Supreme Court for certification in the State of Kansas.