Qualify & Apply for the Basic Skills Course
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Transcribing is a job that only someone with a highly specific set of skills can successfully perform. Some of the skills we can, and do, teach. But, to be accepted for the course, a candidate must have these skills and aptitudes:
good listening and memory skills
Required skills for transcriber candidates
NOTE: The typing speed requirement for the Basic Skills Course increased to 60 wpm as of Feb 2010, because slower typists have considerable difficulty providing adequate communication access.
Why are there stringent requirements for the Basic Skills Course?
Many of the required skills are ones ...
Auditory skill requirements for transcriber candidates
It's very important that a TypeWell training candidate have strong short-term memory and good listening and English comprehension skills. Accurately remembering and recalling all the details just heard is fundamental to the work of a real-time transcriber. A TypeWell student must be able to hold ...
English skill requirements for transcriber candidates
The transcriber training candidate must have good English grammar and spelling skills. What the transcriber writes will be the main source of information for some readers, whose English skills may still be formative. If the transcriber uses imperfect English, they may pass on those lesser skills ...
Troubleshooting Tips for the Listening Skills Test
If you are applying for the TypeWell Basic Skills Course and you're having difficulty hearing the sound test or the audio story itself, here are a few things to try:
Use a Windows computer.
Use the Mozilla Firefox browser.
Go to Control Panel > Network & Internet > Inte...
Transcribing Course Equipment & Work Area
Below is a list of the equipment and necessary work area requirements for candidates completing the TypeWell Basic Skills Course.
To complete the Basic Skills Course, a candidate must use a laptop computer running Windows 7 or higher. The training course software will be install...
The TypeWell Basic Skills transcribing course begins in earnest on the candidate's course start date (see available course start dates).
Here are the key points:
The course materials are sent for arrival a few days before the candidate's start date. This includes a small workbook and instructio...
Recommended and Final Due Dates
There are two due dates given to the candidate with each lesson: the recommended date and a final date. The recommended date is the one the student should aim for as it provides the optimal pace of learning. That is, it's soon enough after the last assignment to avoid forgetting what one has lear...
7 Grace Days for the Basic Skills Course
If a candidate has to turn in a Basic Skills Course lesson late, they will draw upon their grace period days. These grace days allow for a few delays on scheduled due dates before one's enrollment in the course is canceled. They can be used to work around...
Course Reports for the TypeWell Basic Skills Course and Refresher Course
Reports during the course
An important part of the candidate's learning in the TypeWell Basic Skills Course or Refresher Course is support from our live teachers and from the candidate's sponsor. Our teachers communicate regularly with the candidate, providing feedback about skill development, e...
After the Basic Skills Course or Refresher Course
What Happens After a Transcriber Completes Training?
The transcriber and the sponsor (if there is one) will receive the transcriber's Final Report by email a week or so after the course is complete.
Read more: Course Reports
Once the transcriber graduates with a passing grade, the TypeWell Tra...
Basic Skills Course Overview (for Employers)
How much does the TypeWell training course cost?
The current prices for our courses are listed on the pricing page. The fee for the Basic Skills and Refresher Courses include the interactive course software, free tech support, and regular guidance and feedback from a team of experienced teachers...
Basic Skills Course sponsorship policy
Sponsorship Policy (updated May 15, 2020)
Candidates who enroll in the Basic Skills Course may pay their own course fee, provided they have a job lined up. They must identify a current or potential employer, known as a "sponsor."
In the educational setting, TypeWell candidates are usually spons...
Candidate Information Sheet
(As part of the Basic Skills Course enrollment process, candidates are required to provide us a signed version of this Candidate Information Sheet. A customized version will be provided to them upon acceptance into the course. This is a sample copy.)
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No Hotmail or MSN.com accounts
We do not allow the use of hotmail.com or msn.com email addresses by people taking the TypeWell transcribing course.
The problem is that hotmail.com and msn.com throw away emails for no good reason. That means that sometimes when we send you an email, you would never receive it (not...