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SimplySteno Court Reporting Program

Our Philosophy - Structure, guidance, quality and value.

20 years

Enrollment is closing June 9th! SimplySteno is celebrating 20 years of service! When we launched in 2004, we had high hopes of becoming the BEST speedbuilding source for court reporting students. We believe we've reached that goal - and work hard each day to become even better! Enrollment will be closing on June 9th for a few months, so make sure to join before then and get a FREE MONTH added to your subscription!
In addition, tuition fees will be going up once we open again. We haven't raised costs since the day we's time :)
Joining by June 9th will lock in the CURRENT rates for you, even when the amount goes up. Once you make your starting payment, you have up to 3 months to start - your payment kicks in the day you start, not the day you pay. Join now to lock in your starting date and fees.

"I wanted to share with you that I am now officially Mia O'Sullivan, RPR!! I definitely owe a huge thanks to you and the SimplySteno program!! Thank you for teaching me the importance of reading my notes and typing up tests, dropping, breathing, just all of it! I will continue to utilize the practice techniques I have learned here. :)"
Mia O'Sullivan, RPR

Total Structure - "I don't have to put my own speedbuilding schedule together like I did in court reporting school. Every minute is planned out.  Marc has picked out the court reporting drills, dictations, order, everything.  I just have to sit in the chair and follow along.  There's not a second of wasted time."
Camille Connell

We will guide you through 100% of your practice.  Drills, dictations, tests - your day will be packed with content.  But it's not enough just to write on your machine.  With SimplySteno you'll have practice GOALS - a reason to practice - no wasted time just moving your fingers.

Total Feedback - "I get to see my tests and errors along with Marc's notes.  I have a better idea about what to work on, because now I can see where I'm making my mistakes."
Georgann McDonald

You will be sending in transcripts an average of 3 times a week.  We then send those back in an average of 4 days with corrections and comments.  It's not enough to test - you need to see your test results to guide your future practice.  And we carefully walk that line between being informational and encouraging.  Steno is tough - we keep you fighting forward!

Total Guidance - "I find the SimplySteno court reporting program to be proactive.  There's a theme for each day, and it always seems to address something I've dealt with.  I guess many issues are common, and Marc doesn't wait till they come up to talk about them."
Maureen Hepper

We actually teach. Students are not left on their own to figure things out.

Total Support - "Marc doesn't just tell me to "practice more" when I'm having problems.  He gives me concrete things to do that target my writing/mental concerns."
Betty Kaplan

Telling a student to "practice more" is not teaching. We tell you what to practice, how to practice, and what you should get out of it.

Total Access - "I know I can reach Marc whenever I need him. I'm pretty sure he doesn't sleep!"
Carolyn Mulderig

I do sleep...but not much!

Total Relevance - "I don't need a degree from court reporting school. I just need to work on my writing speed. That's Marc's goal for me. I am not required to take courses that have no relevance to my court reporting goal. He puts the focus on the steno machine."
Lois Parks

Total Value - One fee covers EVERYTHING. One fee gives you access to EVERYTHING. There are no add-ons - no extra costs for unlocking new material or speeds. You get access to the entire program, plus the RPR Prep Program once you reach those speeds.

To be clear, SimplySteno is not a court reporting school. We won't teach you how to write on your steno machine. You learned that in Steno Theory. SimplySteno will help you write faster...and smarter. After spending many years teaching within the court reporting school system, I was very determined to get out of it. Most court reporting schools charge over $1000 a month. Most court reporting schools have a graduation rate lower than 8%. Most court reporting schools force students to take academics they don't need, just so the students will earn units and remain in good standing with financial aid (even though we all know the focus should be on the steno machine). SimplySteno is a speedbuilding course designed to improve your existing ability on the steno machine. Whether you're writing at 60 or 200, SimplySteno has something to offer steno machine writers.

If you've been researching court reporting online, you've seen there are many different court reporting programs and court reporting schools available to you. I encourage you think about what you need in a court reporting course, then ask questions. I'm certain you will discover that SimplySteno is not just another online court reporting program. We differ in many ways.

We will not present you with a certificate or degree at the end of our course. Is that your goal - to receive a certificate of completion or degree? Keep in mind that not one state requires you to get a degree in order to work as a court reporter, captioner or CART provider. Not one. The machine is the thing - writing fast and with accuracy. And that's our goal for you - to hone your skills and raise your value.

Some states do require steno machine writers to pass the RPR exam before being eligible to work as a court reporter. Be clear - anyone who is a member of the NCRA is eligible to take the RPR exam. You don't even have to be enrolled in a court reporting school, despite what many programs will tell you. And if your state requires the RPR license to work, you don't even need to join NCRA to take the exam (though I would strongly suggest joining).

SimplySteno was designed to get you to 225 2-voice and beyond. We'll make those "fast talkers" sound slow. Beyond your 2-voice, we'll work hard to get you up to 200 jury charge and 180 literary speeds.

As you look through our site, you will see that the SimplySteno court reporting program is not for everyone. It requires dedication, time and trust. We will hold up our end of the agreement - we only ask that you hold up yours. We don't want to see you wasting your money or time. Before going any further, make sure you're qualified to start our program by clicking here.

Students must be at a minimum writing speed of 60 words per minute to start our program, which means you must have taken court reporting theory before taking a program like SimplySteno. Repeat - this is NOT an entry-level program. This is a speedbuilding program designed to improve your skills on the steno machine. If you are looking for a theory program, we are proud to refer students to StarTran Theory! They teach a wonderful theory that emphasizes realtime writing from day 1.

Take a look around and please feel free to email us with any questions you may have. Thank you.

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We train court reporting students in most states - Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Utah Texas Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming


SimplySteno is the best court reporting program out there. Before enrolling in SimplySteno, I thought I would never make it through court reporting school, no matter how bad I wanted it or how hard I tried to achieve it. I was paralyzed by fear of testing, fear of failure, fear of the unknown. Marc completely turned my life around with SimplySteno. This program will push you out of your comfort zone and give you the tools you need to pass any test that stands in your way. Marc's teaching techniques are unbeatable and unconventional from the typical advice you'll hear in traditional court reporting schools (spoiler alert: writing slop and endless practice does not always equal success.)  SimplySteno's structure and support prepared me and gave me the confidence I needed to pass the RPR, California CSR, and jump into the wonderful world of a working court reporter, and I know the lessons I learned from this program will carry me through more triumphs in the future.

Chandler Alvino, CSR, RPR

Thank you to the wonderful staff at SimplySteno! I'm doing the job of my dreams and loving every minute!

Menal Yousif-Bashi, CSR, RPR

I LOVE being a court reporter! Thank you to Marc and SimplySteno for getting me to the finish line!

Trudi O'Brien, CSR

I really enjoyed the flexibility this program had to offer. Being able to access my daily lessons at anytime day or night made it much easier for me to practice, based on my non-traditional schedule. Even with the program being fully remote, I still feel connected to other students in the program when we meet during zoom calls. And the price is too good to turn down.

Alex Lederer, RPR

This is a phenomenal program and I could not have gotten to where I'm at now without you. My speed is back and it's all thanks to you!

Solomon Rodgers

I am a returning reporter after being out of the field for 16 years. I went to a school that had a high pass rate, and SimplySteno is run much the same way. The ample amount of dictation is dense and clear, and Marc's support is always just an email away. It's almost like having a personal trainer in that the program is geared to meet my individual needs. I didn't think I could do it on my own, but I was wrong! Thanks, Marc!

Caryn Spiezer, CSR

I'm very grateful too for all the help you provided while I was a SimplySteno student, It has helped me to make it into an actual courtroom at last! I'm into my second week of work as a trainee court reporter at the Royal Courts of Justice in London!

Loiuse Frith (Royal Courts of Justice)

A little over 2 hours of my day and I feel like I learned more and got more accomplished then I ever have. Its amazing how you can go from writing 6 hours a day and be so bored, frustrated, and annoyed that you don't feel like you accomplished anything. Today I stayed hooked up for 2 hours and actually feel accomplished, satisfied, and eager to move forward. Even though the material was way more challenging, for the first time ever, I am actually looking forward to what tomorrow will bring. Yay!! I am so excited and thrilled that I trusted my gut instinct. Joining SimplySteno was the best decision I have ever made! I am so ready to climb to the top of that mountain!

Jodie Taylor, CSR

SimplySteno is a real step forward in speedbuilding. It is a down-to-earth approach that recognizes that court reporting students aren’t training in a vacuum. It gives plenty of support and direction for succeeding in spite of the distractions of everyday life.

I started with SimplySteno at 190 words per minute. One month later, I passed my state exam.

During my time with SimplySteno, Marc was quick with feedback and encouragement. He graded tests quickly. When I was getting ready to start reporting, he was standing by, quick to express his confidence in my ability. He offered help with arranging intern opportunities.

The dictation material is challenging, but as Marc says, if you can write his material, you will have no trouble passing certification tests. SimplySteno is a great program. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to progress rapidly and get inspired about being a court reporter again – and not go deeply into debt in the process!

Linda Grotefendt, CCR

I passed my CSR exam for Texas. I just want to say to all the Simply Steno students that this program works. If you follow the method to Marc's madness, it will pay off. His program helped push me over the top. Follow his advice on your daily practice schedule!!

Diana Guerrero, CSR

This program was EXACTLY what I needed! Being accountable to the SimplySteno program was the boost and incentive I was looking for with the ease of working with my own schedule. I really looked forward to getting practice in without having to think about finding material, etc. It’s all there and really works. I’m back in the world of court reporting again.

Lisa White, CSR

I have come a long way since I started your court reporting program last year.  Marc, I want to thank you for letting me be your first court reporting student who happens to be blind. Thank you for accommodating my needs and for working with me. Thank you for believing in me and for not giving up on me. It has been a privilege to have been one of your students. 

Kolby Garrison

I just got word today that my reinstatement application was accepted and I am going to be returning to the NY State Court System as a Senior Court Reporter.  I had been an Official Court Reporter back in 1992, and was subsequently hired on as a Senior Court Reporter in 1998. I left in 2002. I want to thank you so much for the amazing program you have created. I really appreciate all of your kind words of encouragement throughout my experience in the program. There were times when I didn't think I would get back to my old speeds, never mind pass all four legs of the RPR! Thank you for all you have done to get me through the program.

Brigette Bachert, RPR


Recent Updates!

9/1/23 - Added SimplySteno VOICE practice to the family!

 - NCRF's Career Launcher added to the program, free of charge to students.

4/25/22 - Adding more SimplySteno LIVE classes to the schedule.

5/1/21 - Added SimplySteno Direct to the program, which allows students more one-on-one training with a SimplySteno instructor.

2/1/21 - Added David's SimplySteno Happy Funtime Hour to the live classes twice a month. It's a great place to ask questions and meet other SimplySteno students!

11/1/20 - English, Vocabulary, Procedures (Professional Practice), Case CATalyst and Eclipse...DONE!

6/1/20 - Our new academic platform is almost done - new English, Vocabulary, Medical, Legal, and CAT sections!

9/1/19 - Our new grading technique is even MORE comprehensive than before. Now it's easier than ever for students to see what they have to work on.

4/1/19 - 900 hours (yes, 900!) of audio dictations added to the Audio Library!

6/13/18 - 17 hours of SimplySteno Live classes added to the Video Library!

2/1/18 - Over the past 3 months we've added over 200 hours of dictations (audio and video) to our libraries, including more drills!

 - Added 47 new hours of SimplySteno Live classes to the Video Library!

5/12/17 - Added 32 new hours of SimplySteno Live classes to the Video Library!

2/20/17 - Added 10 new hours of SimplySteno Live dictation to the Video Library!

2/19/17 - Over 32,000 flashcards in our SimplySteno Flashcards database now! 

12/23/16 - Over 13,000 flashcards in our SimplySteno Flashcards database now!

9/23/16 - Added over 11 hours of high-speed dictation to the Video Library!

8/3/16 - Over 100 new dictation videos will be loaded into the Video Library this week!

6/1/16 - SimplySteno Flashcards has been launched! And SimplySteno students, of course, have full access. A great new tool to learn those steno outlines!

4/1/16 - 15 new hours of multi-voice dictation videos added to the Video Library.

 - Not enough time for a full lesson today? We've added 33 SimplySteno Quick Classes to the Audio Library. Each class is about 40 minutes.

1/2/16 - 19 hours of sustained dictation is being added to the daily lessons.

10/15/15 -
17 hours of video practice have been added to the Video Library.

7/13/15 - The "Compare" feature is being slowly added to some lessons, allowing students to instantly compare their test transcripts to a correct transcript.

5/23/15 - SimplySteno Plus has a new audio player that allows the user to increase and decrease the audio speed by 20%. It also allows for easy use on a cell phone or tablet device.

2/15/15 - About 200 new audio and video files added to the libraries!

10/29/14 - Started adding the SimplySteno Live class recordings to the Video Library. That means lots of new dictation every week!

8/8/14 - Added new dictations to the audio library - most of them ranging from 200-250 wpm!

5/22/14 - Added new tests into the mix. New speakers - more variety - keeping you on your toes!

1/20/14 - Adding "Speedbuilding Focus" files to each speed in the Audio Library.  They are about 20-30 minutes in length.  They are a single, 5-minute dictation that is broken down by minute - slower - then goal - then faster - then the entire dictation.  Great way to do some target practice on one dictation.

12/18/13 - We've added a CAT Software Training area! With teaching guides and videos for the 4 major CAT companies - Case CATalyst, Eclipse, DigitalCAT and Winner - it's a great place to learn your software.

11/11/13 - The EFT Video Series has been added. These EFT videos were designed by a certified hypnotherapist specifically for the SimplySteno Court Reporting Program.  They deal with Test Anxiety, Fear of Failure, Fear of Success and more! It's not all about the fingers - it's about the mind as well.

10/29/13 - Stretching videos added. These videos were designed by a certified yoga instructor specifically for court reporting students - specifically for the SimplySteno Court Reporting Program. Students sit for long periods of time, so it's important to keep the body in good position.

9/25/13 - A MAJOR overhaul in the lesson format! We've integrated the audio files directly into the lessons to save court reporting students time. Many students have jobs or family duties, so making the most of every second counts!

8/15/13 - Added LIVE classes to the SimplySteno program! With video integration, you can actually see your teacher - and they can see you! It's a great opportunity to get in some live readback and get instant feedback from your speedbuilding instructor.

7/5/13 - Added more sustained and pyramid dictations to the lessons in every speed! It's important to have variety - to mix things up - to keep you on your toes!

5/26/13 - Added 250 new dictations to the Audio Library - all different speeds and types - literary, jury charge, 2-voice. By this time next year, we'll be shooting for close to 3,000 dictations available for use by SimplySteno court reporting students!

3/12/13 - Updated the Brief Machine section. There are now over 700,000 brief suggestions in the database. Just type in your English word or phrase and get a brief idea (or several) on demand!

1/1/13 - SimplySteno is proud to be a sponsor for the upcoming documentary about the field of court reporting. It's important that everyone learns about this amazing occupation! Check out the documentary website - CourtReportingMovie - and make sure to like the Facebook page to get updates!