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    All Realtime Voice Academy candidates are required to take an entrance exam upon registration.  
The non-refundable fee for the exam is $40.

Realtime Voice Academy Prerequisites

  * High school diploma or equivelant
  * Grammatical understanding of sentence structure, punctuation and spelling
  * Typing skills of at least 40 words per minute
  * Intermediate to advanced Windows skills Windows 8 or Windows 10
  * Understanding of computer hardware and software

    All Realtime Voice Academy students must have a dedicated voice-writing laptop, Dragon 15 and EclipseVox Student software.  

LAPTOP SPECIFICATIONS:  i7 6th or 7th generation quad-core processor; 16-32 gigs of RAM; 7200 RPM hard drive or a solid state hard drive; Windows 10.  Your laptop must meet these specifications to be adequate for voice writing.


ECLIPSEVOX STUDENT SOFTWARE: Student software cannot be purchased until Advantage Software has proof of enrollment. Eclipse (Computer Aided Transcription/CAT) use begins five weeks into the session.  $599 will be paid to Advantage Software AFTER classes start.  Eclipse student software is NOT required at the beginning of the course. This is STUDENT software.    Upgrading will be necessary upon certification.

All online students must have a separate headset or earbuds with a microphone to join online classes.   

COURT REPORTING STUDENTS
BOOKS:

  • The Complete Court Reporter's Handbook and Guide for Realtime Writers (5th Edition)
  • Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary 11th Edition
  • Black’s Law Dictionary
  • Gregg Reference Manual or Lillian Morson’s English Guide for Court Reporters
  • (optional:  Medical dictionary, dictionary of business terms)

TRANSCRIPTION PEDAL: USB three pedal transcription pedal with ExpressScribe.

TRANSCRIPTION EAR BUDS: No microphone

STENOMASK: Stenomask SR Pro-1

USB SOUND CARD (pod): Andrea PureAudio USB adapter

LAPTOP COOLING STAND:  X-Stand

PRINTER:



CART/CAPTION STUDENTS

USB SOUND CARD (pod): Andrea PureAudio USB adapter

SPEECH RECOGNITON MICROPHONE:  Choose one

  • SpeechWare FlexyMike Dual Ear Cardiod / DEC

  • Audio Technica Pro 8HEMW KB

  • Sennheiser ME 3-II KB Headset Microphone

HEADSET:  
Choose one
  • Best in-ear headphones: 1More Triple Driver In-Ear Headphone
  • Best budget in-ear headphones: Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear
  • Best on-ear headphones: Grado SR60e
  • Best over-ear headphones: Oppo PM-3
  • Best budget over-ear headphones: AKG K92
  • Best noise-canceling headphones: Bose QuietComfort 35
  • Best budget noise-canceling headphones: Philips Fidelio NC1

DESKTOP SPEAKERS WITH HEADPHONE JACK





Estimated expenses:
$2500 20-week course - court reporting, CART and caption students
$1500-2500 Voice writing laptop
$599 Student EclipseVox voice writing software paid to Advantage Software, court reporting, CART and caption students
$300 Dragon Professional Individual 15 speech recognition software court reporting and caption students
$280 Stenomask for court reporting (voice input)
$189 for captioning headset (voice input)
$50 USB external sound card/pod
$90 USB transcription pedal and software, court-reporting students

A 10% discount is offered when payment is made in full prior to session start date.
If payments are preferred, a $1,000.00 deposit is due when sessions start followed by three monthly payments of $500 each.
 

Realtime Voice Academy ensures that all monies paid by a prospective student are refunded if, prior to classes beginning, the student requests a refund within three (3) business days after making a payment.

Using the PayPal Credit program, subject to credit approval, payments can be financed up to six months or more.


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