StarTran Highlights


StarTran was written by a Certified Reporting Instructor.


Our "Seven Steps to Success" method explains how to study theory.


Unique and varied practice exercises.


A uniform lesson format for easy learning.


Clarifying illustrations with boldly boxed theory principles.


Note-reading immersion.


Consistent phonetics.


Simplified conflict resolution taught from start to finish.


StarTran emphasizes the economy of stroking.


Briefs that fit the theory - not shoe-horned in.


Simple number system that translates perfectly.


Unique and easy "Compound Elements."


All major punctuation marks are incorporated into practice.


StarTranOnline Overview
Everything you need for a solid court reporting, captioning, or CART foundation!

Convenience and Quality -  StarTran Online realtime theory program is built upon the same teaching platform as the SimplySteno speedbuilding program, a format that's been utilized by hundreds of successful court reporting students. You'll be able to learn the basics of court reporting at home from the author of StarTran Realtime Theory, track your work, get expert feedback, and accomplish everything online on your own schedule, utilizing a step-by-step multilateral approach that is simple to follow and proven to be the most effective and efficient method of learning realtime steno theory. You will never be left to wonder, what should I do next? 


Organization - There are 40 "Schedules" in the StarTranOnline Program, corresponding to the 40 Lessons in NCRA-approved StarTran Realtime Theory. The first 32 Schedules constitute Basic Theory, which takes you up to the writing of dense literary material, and the final 8 are Advanced Theory where you learn the finer points of writing court and deposition transcripts. One Schedule leads to and prepares you for the next, which, in turn, reviews and builds on everything you've learned already. Each Schedule takes an average of 10 to 15 hours to complete, making it easy for you to budget your time. 


Comprehensive - You can begin your court reporting education with StarTranOnline on any day of the week you choose.  Once you have your user ID and password, your adventure begins as you click "Schedule 1" for an in-depth introduction to all the basic concepts of realtime machine shorthand, including how the very unique steno machine keyboard works and how it communicates with a CAT system (computer-aided transcription) to instantaneously translate your steno writing (we never call it typing) into readable English.


Over the course of the next 6 to 9 months (the average time to complete the 40 StarTran Online Schedules), we methodically go through everything necessary to correctly write ANYTHING imaginable in the English language on the steno machine. We start right in, hands-on, with steno machine set-up and proper technique, one finger and one key at a time.  Soon you are reading and writing words, sentences, then paragraphs, the speed goes up very gradually, and it begins to be fun!


Loads of written and audio practice modules, in-depth video and written explanation, testing, feedback, and  more, augment your learning experience all the way to how to write a real court transcript from start to finish.  Along the way you will also have the chance  to greatly increase your vocabulary and transcription skills and your knowledge of the world of court reporting and captioning.


Outcomes - You will come out the other side armed with your free 90,000-entry StarTran CAT dictionary, writing conflict-free realtime with virtually 100 percent translation at speeds between 60-80 words per minute, trained and ready to go full speed ahead to 225 without hesitation -- way ahead of the rest of the class. Lessons from StarTran Basic and Advanced textbooks, as well as an easy look-up Reference Manual, are downloaded and archived or printed and available to you throughout your court reporting education and beyond.

There is simply no better or more thorough foundation for a successful court reporting, captioning, or CART career than StarTran Online.



StarTran Testimonials

"I love StarTran Theory! It was very clear and made total sense. The audios were a challenge, but that's how you learn. I practiced about one to two hours a day and finished Basic and Advanced in about six months."
Leigh Ann Wade - StarTran Student 


"Now that I'm in the field I see the conflicts and problems other reporters have and I'm more thankful than ever that I learned StarTran, a truly conflict-free realtime theory."
Sally Davis, CSR, RPR


It is amazing to me how easy it is to learn the briefs in the advanced section.  I have always tried to look at the word in English and attempt it without looking at the steno.  And in the advanced section it seems like I am able to get the majority of them right off the bat. :)  That is cool! Yes.  I am having a lot of fun with it!
Nancy Larson
StarTran Theory Student


"Everything is going great so far. I love the training format; it's laid out very well. Thanks!"
Christina Alden, StarTranOnline Student