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Grading Scale for Academic Courses:

Grade Points
A 4.0
A- 3.8
B+ 3.5
B 3.0
B- 2.8
C+ 2.5
CBE – Credit By Exam 0
T – Transfer 0
U – Unsatisfactory 0
W – Withdrawal 0

Steno Proficiency Tests will require a 95% or greater score; otherwise, a test retake will be necessary. For all Realtime Theory and Realtime Writing courses students must receive satisfactory exit requirements in order to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Credit by Exam “CBE”: “CBE” grades are given for courses students have successfully passed an examination for credit as explained under “Academic Policies.”

Transfer “T”: “T” grades are given for credits TextStream Institute of Court Reporting, Inc., accepts as transfer credit as explained under “Academic Policies.”

Unsatisfactory “U”: “U” grades are given when the student’s grade for the class is below 2.5. The student will have to retake the class and also be obligated to pay a tuition fee for that particular class.

Withdrawal “W”: “W” grade is posted after a student withdraws from a class after the 100% refund deadline. Receiving a “W” does not affect the student’s GPA.


Upon passing the 200 testimony proficiency test, students will begin an internship course. The internship is among the most valuable courses offered. It allows the student to gain real experience in the actual courtroom, law office, or business environment in which they will eventually work. Although these courses are not held in the classroom, for all purposes they are considered the same as any course scheduled for the classroom (attendance, grading, tuition, etc.) It is the student’s responsibility to find internship assignments and to arrange their own transportation to and from said assignments.

Graduation Requirements:

A Certificate of Completion for the Realtime Reporter Program will be awarded to a student who has satisfactorily completed all academic courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and has attained a grade of A or 4.0 in all Realtime Theory and Realtime Writing courses. Upon completion of the programs the student will have successfully passed with a score of 95% or better on three five-minute proficiency tests in the following categories and speeds according to NCRA’s guidelines for the RPR: testimony at 225 wpm, jury charge at 200 wpm, and Literary at 180 wpm.

For the Captioning and CART Programs (offered in the near future) the student must satisfactorily complete all courses required for the program with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and pass three five-minute proficiency tests with a score of 95% or better in the following: 225 testimony and 200 jury charge. Three five-minute 180 wpm literary proficiency tests must be passed with an unedited score of 96% according to NCRA’s guidelines for the CRR.

*TextStream Institute is currently pursuing accreditation and NCRA approval; therefore certain courses, grading scales, policies, procedures, and graduation requirements are subject to change.

Academic Progress:

A record of grades and other appropriate information is kept in each student’s permanent record. Students are expected to meet a minimum standard of 2.5 GPA in all academic classes. Steno proficiency tests are five minutes in length and must be passed within 95% accuracy. The Speedbuilding portion of the program is self-paced, and a student is permitted to progress through the categories and speed levels at his/her own pace. A grade of A will not be attained, however, until the appropriate number of tests in each category at the stated speeds. A student may not proceed to the next speed level until two five-minute tests in a specific category is passed with a score of 95% or higher. Students who fall below average will be scheduled to counsel with the Director, and if a need is determined, assistance will be provided.


Falling below a 2.5 cumulative GPA during a quarter will result in the student being placed on probation. The probationary period shall be no longer than one quarter. Should a student fail to reach the minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA at the conclusion of the probationary period, academic dismissal will result. Re-entrance eligibility will be determined by the Director of Education.

Placement Counseling/Assistance:

TextStream Institute of Court Reporting, Inc. will provide placement counseling and assistance in the form of resume preparation, job searches, interview preparation and scheduling of interviews to its graduates. Employment is not guaranteed, however.

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