Rhode Island Court Reporter Seeks California CSR

I got an interesting email today from a court reporter from Rhode Island.  She is heading to California next week to take the CSR exam and found my website.  Here is what she wrote:

Todd, I'm a court reporter from Rhode Island and I'm flying out next week to take the CSR (Can't take the cold!) Stumbled upon your site (lucky me) in searching for Cal. rules, regs, etc. Took each quiz and they were very helpful, as laws and procedures are different here. Any advice or additional sites you'd recommed for out-of-staters to prepare for the test?

Also, a friend of mine who took CSR years ago said they set up a room for dictation to practice after the written tests for the skills portion, but I don't see that in the info. Should I bring my own practices tapes to do in my room or do they still have the practices on Friday afternoon for Saturday's test?

Thank your for taking time out of your busy day to read this email. p.s. Is there plenty of work in Cal for freelancers? I'm looking at the San Diego area.

Thanks again,

-D. from Rhode Island

Dear D. from Rhode Island:

First, thank you for visiting my website!  I'm so encouraged when people find the quizzes and articles useful.  I have a passion for this field and am always glad to hear about others finding my resources handy.  We're trying to add more court reporting quizzes all the time regarding CSR codes, statutes and professional practices but there really is no substitute for a good old fashioned CSR review given by a real court reporting college.  I could name a whole bunch who give such a review:

As an out-of-stater, I know it might be difficult and/or nearly impossible for you to attend such a review class.  However, perhaps they offer a modified curriculum via the internet?  I'm not sure if they do or not, but that sounds like a great place to start.  In the meantime, I'm glad my court reporting quizzes were somewhat useful!

I do not know for a fact that a dictation room is set up for practice dictation, but I believe that that is true.  If I recall correctly, that's exactly where I spent my time after the written skills portion -- in the practice room.  Just in case, better bring your own tapes and materials to practice.  To find out for sure on this, why don't you give the CSR Board a call. You probably should speak with Kim White at (916) 263-3660.

And finally, your last question about freelance work in San Diego.  YES!  My agency personally handles depos there several times per week.  Plus I know other reputable court reporting agencies who you could call for even more work.  Some good agencies with whom I've networked include:

Best of luck on the CSR test!  There' a lot of people over here rooting for you!


Friday, March 7, 2008

Todd Olivas

Todd Olivas is a court reporter and entrepreneur.
He founded TO&A in 2003.

  Comment by Diane | Friday, March 7, 2008

The stars are alligned. Hitting this site was terrific. I scored very well on the quizzes but on two of them I scored in the 60s. Horrors! The good news is those were both quizzes that contained questions on the Cal. Courts and rules on storing notes, which I had no knowledge of, so that clued me in to the fact that I`d better educate myself in a hurry. And guess what? Now I have the answers, at least to those questions

Thank you also for all the other information. I`ll follow up. If I pass this test and I get myself out there, I will contact you. You sound like a fun, upbeat person to work for!

Again, thank you so much.


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