Category Archives: Written Knowledge Test

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 […]

See One; Show One; Teach One; Good-Bye, Dad, Part I

See One; Show One; Teach One; Good-Bye, Dad, Part I By Monette Benoit All Rights Reserved. Today, June 19, 2016, is Father’s Day. Originally, I wrote a shorter version for my NCRA (National Court Reporters Association) JCR, Journal of Court Reporting, column, February 2012. Still feeling the loss of both parents – caregiver for both […]

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 II

The Lesson Behind “You’re Processing; You’re Not Stuck”, Coach’s Corner, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I began: I detailed how one sentence I shared shifted a student’s focus when she phoned my Court Reporters Reference Books & CDs office to order a product to assist her to advance in […]

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

The Lesson Behind “You’re Processing; You’re Not Stuck”, Coach’s Corner, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. 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 shared shifted a […]

Fears, Toughest Part Is Words, Spot On, and Our Normal, Part III of III

Fears, Toughest Part Is Words, Spot On, and Our Normal, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I began: Part I began: One student, in the 225 wpm (words per minute) exit room in a court reporting program, “is scared to death of passing the state certification test and national certification. […]

Fears, Toughest Part Is Words, Spot On, and Our Normal, Part I of III

Fears, Toughest Part Is Words, Spot On, and Our Normal, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I of III: One student, in the 225 wpm (words per minute) exit room in a court reporting program, “is scared to death of passing the state certification test and national certification. Then people […]

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

Dr. Vincent Di Maio, Expert Witness, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I of III 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 […]

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

The Final Frontier: Nolo Contendere, Guilty, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. September 27, 2013 Part I and II 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 […]

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. […]

Titanium Technology and Glaucoma Effects, Part I of III

Titanium Technology and Glaucoma Effects By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. July 11, 2013 Part I of III 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. I am witnessing […]

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 […]

How’d That Happen? And Real-Time Captioners, Part III of III

How’d That Happen? And Real-Time Captioners, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. April 2013 Part I began: As we listen, as we scan and troll, now and then a moment may stop us in our tracks. Each track depends on where we are at that moment. Each track when viewed over […]

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 […]

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 […]

“I Love You,” He Squealed, Part I of III

“I Love You,” He Squealed, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. He squealed, “I love you!” at the top of his lungs, multiple times, before he was physically removed, gently and lovingly. How did that happen? The morning began quietly. While running errands I had a store coupon for 20 percent […]

“Monette’s Mindful Management: Wants, Needs & Pajamas, Part III

“Monette’s Mindful Management: Wants, Needs And Pajamas, Part III of III” By Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Mindful management is a term I share when I’m coaching, tutoring and assisting professionals and students with test prep. I desire to share mindful management moments with you. Part I is linked November 5th: […]

Yes, We Can, And Yes, We Did

Yes, We Can – And Yes, We Did By Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Recently I was out of state on business far from home when I encountered another “memory moment” (deaf term) that will stay with me. I work as a court reporter, court reporting instructor, tutor and coach. Of […]

Cracking The Code To Testing and Court Reporting Certifications, Part Two

Cracking The Code To Testing and Court Reporting Certifications, Part TwoBy Monette Benoit Copyright 2008 by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Within the previous Monette’s Musings post, www.monettebenoit.com, I wrote, “Cracking the code to tests and certifications is more than a metaphor. Expanding our goals is part of our path as keeper of the record. […]

Cracking The Code To Testing And Passing Court Reporting Certifications

Cracking The Code To Testing And Passing Court Reporting Certifications, Part One By Monette Benoit Copyright 2008 by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Cracking the code to tests and certifications is more than a metaphor. Expanding our vision and our goals are part of our path as court reporters, the keeper of the record, historical […]

Fingers, Ears, and Heart Wide Open

Fingers, Ears, and Heart Wide Open By Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Court reporters and court reporting instructors are fascinating! Court reporting students have wonderful stories to share with detailed triumphs and challenges each has overcome. And I believe this is what makes this profession so wonderful. During the NCRA (National […]

CART FAQ: Falling On Deaf Ears, Part IV of VII

CART FAQ: Falling On Deaf Ears, Part IV of VIIBy Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Comments to my CART FAQ articles continue to percolate. So shall my responses. The following are questions I work to address pro bono as we move forward within our careers. To further assist you, Part I, […]

"Still Processing And Snowglobes"

“Still Processing And Snowglobes”By Monette Benoit Copyright 2006 by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. “You’re processing; you’re not stuck,” began my correspondence with Janet Tilly, a student who contacted me. She had written, “I am currently stuck trying to attain 170 words per minute.” My April 2005 ‘Beyond The Comfort Zone’ article and Monette’s Musings […]