Students qualify for examination

DOWNEY - Downey Adult School students Richard Alossi, Tanya Leonard, Anitra Simmons and Charity Zwerling qualified recently to take the California Shorthand Reporters Examination which will be administered today in Sacramento.The test is given three times a year and is the equivalent of the bar exam. It is a two-day examination with students tested on one day and the machine dictation on another day. The last exam was administered in February and all Downey Adult School court reporting students did "exceptionally well," school officials said. Students must pass speed tests up to and including a 200 word-per-minute qualifier test with four live readers. Speed tests must be passed with 97.5 percent accuracy. In addition to the machine speed, students must have completed 660 hours of academic training in English, legal studies, medical terminology, court procedures, California codes and computer training. Downey Adult School's court reporting program has been in existence since 1972 and is approved by the California Shorthand Reporters Board. ********** Published: October 16, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 26