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Q. Why is BeST Scoping Techniques the program I should trust to train me for a successful career as a scopist?

A. There are many reasons why you should choose BeST over any other program. BeST offers lifetime support and updates to anything new in the industry. We provide you with everything you need to complete the program. Other so-called "all-inclusive" programs force you to purchase books needed for their program on your own and at an additional expense. You'll have lifetime access to the BeST Private Board where job postings are shared with only our graduates. We cover all areas of training using our fun and easy-to-use website to help you become the BeST scopist you can be. No other course compares!

Q. How long will it take for me to complete this scopist training course?

A. That is totally up to you. This is a self-paced training program. However, you could finish the course in about three to four months depending on other demands on your time.

Q. Can the scoping course be broken up or do I have to take the whole thing?

A. We feel that all elements of the BeST course are needed to make you a qualified and professional scopist. The training is designed to cover the basic skills that we believe anyone calling themselves a scopist should have before taking that first job. (Ask about adjusted pricing if you already know how to read steno.)

Q. How much does the BeST course cost?

A. Click here for price information. This amount does not include the cost of a CAT system, although BeST students and graduates are eligible for reduced prices from many of the CAT vendors.

Q. How do I pay for the course?

A. You can pay by cashier's check, by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or Discover), or by PayPal's "Bill Me Later." Click here to sign up.

Q. Since the CAT system software is NOT included in the scoping course, will you help me choose the right software for me?

A. Yes. We will help you understand what factors to consider when making your decision as to which system to get. We do not force you into purchasing one particular program. You will then make your purchase directly from the vendor. Some CAT vendors offer a discount on the price of their edit system to BeST students and graduates, but BeST does not benefit by your purchase of one system over another. Whichever system you decide to get, you will receive training from BeST on the fastest and easiest ways to use the software.

Q. Will I receive any course material in the mail?

A. Yes. The majority of the lessons will be downloaded from the BeST Scoping Techniques website, but we will send you a "welcome" package that will contain a book, a lesson plan, and other course material and study aids. This will be received by you shortly after receipt of your application and payment in full. We ship immediately, so most people receive their package within just a few days. You will have access to the training site right away. There will also be a graduation package sent upon completion of the course that will contain your diploma, your marketing aids, and some goodies to help celebrate your accomplishment!

Q. Does the scoping course include practice files?

A. Yes, there will be files that you will work on throughout the scopist training course. You will have as much practice as you'd like. We have hundreds of files available from many different court reporters for our students to use to hone their editing skills.

Q. Do you explain realtime theories in the course?

A. Yes.

Q. I heard something about surprises along the way. What's that all about?

A. Well, if we told you, they wouldn't be surprises! We will tell you, however, that they will be fun and will make you smile!

Q. Will I be able to talk with other future scopists who are also taking your scoping course?

A. Sure! In fact, you will be able to participate in several on-line networking groups so you can get to know your fellow BeST students and also get to know veteran scopists.

Q. How much can I expect to make as a scopist?

A. That will depend on many factors. First, will you be working as a scopist full-time or part-time? The average page rate is $1.25 and up (based on varying factors). It will depend on how quickly you can do the jobs and how heavy your workload is. A full-time scopist can make between $30,000 and $40,000 (or more!) a year. Many scopists working full-time make well over $50,000 once they have some experience under their belts. No bad for a work-from-home job, right? You will get out of this career what you put into it.

Q. What background do you bring to this scopist course?

A. Cathy and Judy combined have over 40 years of scoping experience, and the BeST course also includes contributions from other recognized experts in the scoping field. The BeST Scoping Techniques program has been successfully training people since 2002!

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