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You’ll need your own computer, a stenographic machine writer (steno machine), and the textbook for the course. You’ll also need access to the student version of a computer-aided transcription (CAT) software package. This can be purchased or leased from third party companies. It is important that you have all the required equipment, software, and the textbook prior to their first day of class.

Students must purchase (or lease) the student version any computer-aided transcription (CAT) software programs on the market today. 

Do you teach CAT software?

No, but most CAT software includes integrated video tutorials or self-study guides. Technical support for the CAT software is also provided by the CAT software vendor.   

You can use any steno machine that can be connected to your computer with a real-time USB cable. This course requires a double wide asterisk key and extended -DZ keys.

Do you advise renting a machine?

This is a decision that’s up to you based on your career goals and your financial situation. There are many vendors who will either rent or sell you a suitable machine, depending on your individual needs. 

StenoKey teaches the Magnum Steno theory.

Once you complete theory, you will be comfortably writing 200 words per minute on your steno machine. At that time, you may choose to learn more short writing techniques and specialized terminology.

We are very flexible with our daily schedules. There are time and speed benchmarks that you must reach for each task on the daily agenda. When you reach the necessary benchmarks, you will unlock the next assignment.

Can I split up my daily schedule into several sittings?

Yes. We recommend breaks are part of the schedule to help you better learn the material.

Will I get to see the schedules ahead of time?

Yes, you will receive an agenda for each chapter that includes the details of all the benchmarks you must complete. 

You will be assigned tasks to complete every weekday. These tasks include video lessons, finger drills, written knowledge quizzes, transcription assignments, and dictation. A task is considered completed once you achieve a passing score, or when the allotted time has ended.

There are no daily strokes requirements. Each day has a list of activities for you to complete, along with the suggested length of time for each. Some exercises are 10, 15, 25, 35, 40 or 45 minutes. We recommend you take multiple breaks. The total activity/practice time is four to six hours a day. It goes by quickly because of the parsed-out activities and regular short breaks.

The pilot program is payable up front in one payment for the full amount. Please contact if you need assistance or if you have any further questions about payments. 

No, other than the equipment, textbook and software mentioned above, the course fees cover everything you need to get started.

We do not accept student loans or participate in FAFSA.

Absolutely. Your curriculum will focus only on the steno concepts that will build the foundation for your career. There are several add-on programs that you can add to your curriculum at no additional cost, depending on your goals and what you want to use your new skills for.

We will provide you with contact information for court, deposition, and captioning/CART employment options, as well as internship opportunities.

I have another question not listed here.

Great! Please reach out to us at and we will get back to you shortly with an answer. We look forward to having you as a StenoKey student.