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Basic Skills Course FAQ

  • Qualify & Apply for the Basic Skills Course

    Are you our type? 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 excellent Eng...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. Laptop Computer 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...
  • Course Schedule

    The TypeWell Basic Skills transcribing course begins in earnest on the candidate's course start date (see available course start dates (http://user.typewell.com/availdates.form)). Here are the key points: The course materials are sent for arrival a few days before the candidate's start date. Th...
  • 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...
  • Grace Days

    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...
  • 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.) You will soon be starting your TypeWell trans...
  • 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 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...
  • Basic Skills Course sponsorship policy

    Sponsorship Policy (effective September 1, 2014) Candidates who enroll in the Basic Skills Course may no longer pay their own tuition, except in limited circumstances (see "Exceptions" below). The Basic Skills Course tuition must be paid by a current or potential employer, known as a sponsor. I...
  • 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. Reinstall Java. Go to Control Panel > Network & Internet > Inte...