Category Archives: court reporter certification

Press Release: Purple Books Pass Rate 99% for NCRA’s RPR and State CSRs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Purple Books, CRRbooks.com, is proud to share: January’s 2017 RPR and multiple State CSR pass rates were over 99%. CA’s CSR tests in March; NY’s Civil Service Court Reporter test is May; NCRA’s RPR and RDR is April 8 – 20; IL, TX, and WA test April 2017. Additional states and […]

‘Push-Ups’ = NCRA RPR, RDR, and State CSR Core Strength-Building

‘Push-Ups Focus’ on the “Complete Set” and “Trio Set” for NCRA’s RPR, RDR, and State CSRs. Why Push-Ups? Push-ups work the entire body and support core strength. The “Purple Books” strengthen and build core support with detailed structure that has been proven in the classroom and independent study for 25 years. 98% first-time pass rates […]

Press Release: Plan Now! Prepare Now! 98% Successful Pass

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October’s NCRA’s RPR, RDR, and State CSR written exams are right around the corner. Currently, registration periods are open. Plan now! Prepare now to become one of the 98% successful pass rate by students, court reporters, and CART Captioners on the RPR, RDR, and State CSR exams. Pedagogically sound, covering a wealth […]

Press Release NCRA RPR, RDR, and State CSR Exams

Press Release NCRA RPR, RDR, and State CSR Exams FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 98% successful pass rate by students and court reporters on NCRA’s RPR, RDR, and on State CSR written exams. Court Reporter Reference Books has released the revised and updated Complete NCRA RPR, RDR, and State CSR Written Test Prep Textbook, Sixth Edition. This […]

The Lesson Behind “You’re Processing; You’re Not Stuck”, Coach’s Corner, Part III

The Lesson Behind “You’re Processing; You’re Not Stuck”, Coach’s Corner, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I began: Years ago, I wrote “You’re Processing; You’re Not Stuck.” My Journal of Court Reporting April 2005 article is posted on my blog “Monette’s Musings” and www.CRRbooks.com. I detailed how one sentence I […]

Dr. Vincent Di Maio, Expert Witness, Part II of III

Dr. Vincent Di Maio, Expert Witness, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I began: Dr. Vincent Di Maio recently testified as a forensic pathologist for the defense in the State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman. He is consistently described “as a legend.” Watching Dr. Di Maio on CNN’s live coverage, […]

The Final Frontier: Nolo Contendere, Guilty, Part II of III

The Final Frontier: Nolo Contendere, Guilty, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. September 16, 2013 Part I began: Court reporters are a disciplined breed. This is reinforced as I move through my professional and personal world. “The final frontier” is a metaphor. I was encouraged to write this as I trolled […]

Titanium Technology and Glaucoma Effects, Part II of III

Titanium Technology and Glaucoma Effects, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. July 28, 2013 Part I began: The nurse, RN, was speaking to me about my mother’s recent ICU discharge when overhead speakers broadcast a doctor’s page. He cupped one hand over the back of each ear. I watched, sans comment. […]

Ouch. That Hurt My Ears! Part III of III

Ouch. That Hurt My Ears! Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. June 2013 Part I began: Another errand. Another task to be completed. My mother has been hospitalized for a while now. We have serious issues – to include ICU and MRSA isolation (multiple hospital bacteria, each gifted to Mom – […]

Exactly Why Am I Doing This Now, Part II of III

Exactly Why Am I Doing This Now? Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. May 15, 2013 The requested tutor and empowerment coaching appointment began with a simple question. My question to the court reporter was simply, “How are you?” There was a loud sigh. The answer began, “I am so tired […]

Exactly Why Am I Doing This Now? Part I of III

Exactly Why Am I Doing This Now? Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. May 1, 2013 The requested tutor and empowerment coaching appointment began with a simple question. My question to the court reporter was simply, “How are you?” There was a loud sigh. The answer began, “I am so tired […]

Game-Changer … Will He Make It?, Part III of III

Game-Changer … Will He Make It?, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. March 2013 Part I began: During an errand to a home improvement center, I witnessed a “game-changing moment,” in my opinion. It unfolded before my ears – and my eyes. Then I was gifted with an opportunity. I needed […]

An Alpha State of Mind, Part II of III

An Alpha State of Mind, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. January 14, 2013 Part I of III began: Did you know that while your brain is in the alpha state that your muscles, nervous system, and cells have a different pulse per second? Scientists have discovered that brain waves within […]

An Alpha State of Mind, Part I of III

An Alpha State of Mind, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. January 3, 2013 Part I of III: Did you know that while your brain is in the alpha state that your muscles, nervous system, and cells have a different pulse per second? Scientists have discovered that brain waves within the […]

Wheels Slowing Spinning? What’s Your Motivation? Part III of III

Wheels Slowing Spinning? What’s Your Motivation? Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. October 2012 Part I began: If you could do anything with your life what would it be? What would you ‘really’ do with your time, your heart, your ears, and your hands? Would you share your court reporting skills […]

You All Start In CART Now, Right? Part III of III

You All Start In CART Now, Right? Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved Part I began: An invitation to join friends (each working in college student services) for lunch with their colleagues began with introductions. I selected the restaurant, away from busy “spots” as many were new to this city. While […]

You All Start In CART Now, Right? Part II of III

You All Start In CART Now, Right? Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved Part I began: An invitation to join friends (each working in college student services) for lunch with their colleagues began with introductions. I selected the restaurant, away from busy “spots” as many were new to this city. While […]

You All Start In CART Now, Right? Part I of III

You All Start In CART Now, Right? Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved Part I: An invitation to join friends (each working in college student services) for lunch with their colleagues began with introductions. I selected the restaurant, away from busy “spots” as many were new to this city. While chewing […]

Thriving In Five – Or Less, Part III of III

Thriving In Five – Or Less, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I: Why thrive in five? Why thrive with less? I believe the majority of individuals in the court reporting profession think of the number ‘five’ as a take, a 5-minute take. Thriving in five? Yes. Thriving in less […]

How To Write Ineffectively, Part III of III

How To Write Ineffectively, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. “There’s A Lot Going On In The Circus”, March 2012, included one sentence that has resulted in (many, many) private emails from students, court reporters, CART providers, and broadcast captioners. I have been asked to elaborate. … Part II: Is the […]

There’s A Lot Going On In The Circus, Part III of III

There’s A Lot Going On In The Circus, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved Part I: Privately working with students and experienced court reporters a theme appears with each person. A desire is born. A wanting is experienced. Boundaries are removed. Fences (insecurities) are lowered. … Part II: Students and court […]

My Village Chief is HOH, Part III of III

My Village Chief is HOH, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I: My village chief sprinted into a parent’s hospital room wearing shorts, sandals (no socks), and a NCAA basketball T-shirt, Saturday morning. He was all business, dressed casually. When he spoke his first two sentences, I knew. I listened […]

“I Don’t Listen Well,” He Said, Part II of III

“I Don’t Listen Well,” He Said, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I began: When the medical specialist stood over my mother’s ICU bed and said, “I don’t listen well,” I was sure he was joking. My mother was admitted into the hospital via ER. We thought it was a […]

Conflicting Goals, Your Sandbox, And Circling, Part II of III

Conflicting Goals, Your Sandbox, And Circling, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. March 2011 Part I began: Listening to a court reporter I ‘heard’ a pattern. The court reporter and CART provider, now gainfully employed, is seeking to advance goals. Great. The court reporter has a full-time job. Great. The court […]

De-Can’t The I Can’t, Part III of III

De-Can’t The I Can’t, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. November/December 2010 Part I began: This November/December column was prompted after listening to an experienced court reporter express their “current mindset” during private coaching and tutoring. The reporter, with vast experience, said, “I can’t do that. There can’t be no opportunities.” […]

“Accuracy of Sign Interpreting & Real-Time to Deaf Students” Part III

“Accuracy of Sign Interpreting & Real-Time to Deaf Students” Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I is posted April 7, 2010, at www.monettebenoit.com Part II is posted, April 19, 2010. Last month I shared “A Number of Firsts In Science Education With Karen Sadler, Ph.D.” Karen created ‘firsts’ graduating with […]

“Accuracy of Sign Interpreting & Real-Time to Deaf Students” Part II of III

“Accuracy of Sign Interpreting & Real-Time to Deaf Students” Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I is posted April 7, 2010, at www.monettebenoit.com Last month I shared “A Number of Firsts In Science Education With Karen Sadler, Ph.D.” Karen created ‘firsts’ graduating with a bachelor’s in neuroscience and acceptance to […]

“Accuracy of Sign Interpreting & Real-Time to Deaf Students”

“Accuracy of Sign Interpreting & Real-Time to Deaf Students” Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Last month I shared “A Number of Firsts In Science Education With Karen Sadler, Ph.D.” Karen Sadler created ‘firsts’ graduating with a bachelor’s in neuroscience and acceptance to the Center for Neuroscience at the University of […]

A Number Of Firsts In Science Education With Karen Sadler, Ph.D., Part III of III

A Number Of Firsts In Science Education With Karen Sadler, Ph.D., Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I was posted on Monette’s Musings: www.monettebenoit.com 3/17/10. Part II was posted on www.monettebenoit.com and www.CRRbooks.com 3/23/10. Karen Sadler, Ph.D., shares: “I met my husband at college. We moved to Pittsburgh, PA, when […]

A Number Of Firsts In Science Education With Karen Sadler, Ph.D., Part II of III

A Number Of Firsts In Science Education With Karen Sadler, Ph.D., Part II of III, 3/23/10 By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I was posted on Monette’s Musings: www.monettebenoit.com 3/17/10. Part III was posted on www.monettebenoit.com and www.CRRbooks.com 3/31/10. PASSING THE TEST Karen Sadler “was born in Salt Lake City severely hard of hearing, […]

A Number Of Firsts In Science Education With Karen Sadler, Ph.D., Part I of III

A Number of Firsts In Science Education With Karen Sadler, Ph.D, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved Part I was posted on Monette’s Musings: www.monettebenoit.com 3/23/10.Part II was posted on www.monettebenoit.com and www.CRRbooks.com 3/31/10. The October e-mail from Karen Sadler began: “Hi Monette. I hope you remember me. A few years […]

She Never Speaks; She Spoke To You; Why Can’t She Just Learn English?

She Never Speaks; She Spoke To You; Why Can’t She Just Learn English? By Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. One morning in June, I got an early start. The store was near empty. I had me a 2007 Christmas gift certificate. My mission: new dish towels. I went to the kitchen […]

Deaf Smith, The Texas Spy, History, Alamo, Captioning, CART, and Laney Fox

Deaf Smith, The Texas Spy, History, Alamo, Captioning, CART, and Laney FoxBy Monette Benoit Copyright 2007 by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. I first learned about Deaf Smith in 1993 when I entered Deaf culture as a realtime court reporter, CARTing, captioning to large screens for the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities. I was stunned I […]

Hear’s Laney: 2007 CART and Captioning Update

Hear’s Laney: 2007 CART and Captioning UpdateBy Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. May 2000, my NCRA JCR, Journal of Court Reporting, column ran Mark Cuss Said to the Nymphs, “The phone rang Friday, 2:30. ‘Would you realtime a class? We need you Monday. It started two months ago. Oh, it’s Latin.’ […]

Mark Cuss Said To The Nymphs – CARTing Latin Classes

Mark Cuss Said To The Nymphs – CARTing Latin ClassesBy Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved.The phone rang Friday at 2:30. “Would you realtime, CART, a class? We need you Monday morning. It started two months ago. Oh, it’s Latin.” As an experienced court reporter, instructor, tutor, I’m not lucky enough to […]

Laney’s Latin; Hearing Not Required, CART, Captioning

Laney’s Latin; Hearing Not Required, CART, CaptioningBy Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Laney Fox and I became a team, in the trenches, during her first semester in Latin. Previously, I wrote how I’m CARTing (communication access real-time translation), realtiming, her classes. I am a court reporter, instructor and tutor translating verbatim […]