StarTran Testimonials


"Thanks for the great communication and for providing me with references. I heard back from several and they had a very positive attitude about you and the program itself, so after that and also doing a lot of online research decided to take the plunge! I am really enjoying (yes enjoying!) learning stenography.   So far I really think your program is well put together and thorough and I'm glad I chose StarTran as an online steno school!"
Jeri Preston, StarTranOnline Student



"About StarTran being the best option for real-time CART services, at the time, I did extensive research on theories because I had no clue what to choose. StarTran was the final choice, and I have not regretted this choice for a single moment.  I haven’t had any setback or moment of frustration, simply because I can really relate to your “theory logic.”  For example, there are hardly any briefs that do not click with me. So a huge thank-you for getting me this far! I really cannot say anything negative about last year. So I would love to help you attract new students by simply telling how I have experienced the journey until now."
Theo Tomassen, StarTran Online Graduate, CART Provider


"I went with StarTran because of affordability but also because I believed the step-by-step approach to learning would be beneficial. I have not been disappointed with any aspect of StarTran. It has been an amazing opportunity to learn and I feel fully ready to move on to speedbuilding. I could not have asked for a better experience!"
Christy Robinson, Recent StarTranOnline Graduate


Recent StarTranOnline Graduate Christy Robinson

Christy Robinson

How to Become a Court Reporter with StarTran Online

Would you like to become a court reporter? A captioner? Do legal transcription? Be a CART provider? It all starts with your steno theory.


Steno theory, also known as court reporting theory, is the language of court reporting. It is the first and by far the most important course in any court reporting training program. It is in theory class you learn how to write machine shorthand.  In today's court reporting and captioning world, computers with translation software instantaneously read and display machine shorthand, so  it is vital that reporters learn a "realtime" theory. StarTran is one of the first and the few court reporting theories awarded approval as a realtime theory by the National Court Reporters Association.


Since theory is the foundation upon which your entire court reporting education and realtime career will be built, it is important to get the best court reporting theory you can in order to avoid the pitfalls and plateaus in speedbuilding that many students experience due to weak theories. Learning StarTran Realtime Theory in the unique StarTran Online court reporter training program PRIOR to attending a court reporting school or an online court reporting program for speedbuilding is the best way to ensure that you have the most solid foundation and state-of-the-art realtime theory possible.  You are guaranteed to be better prepared with a more relevant, more comprehensive, and more realtime theory than anyone else in the class! 


StarTran Realtime Theory - the Best Way to Start your Court Reporting Training


You could attend the most well-known court reporting program with the most advanced technology, but if it doesn't teach a great realtime theory, you're not getting the best court reporting education and you will still struggle to reach a high translation rate well after you graduate and become certified. StarTran Realtime Theory was created to give students a truly conflict-free realtime theory, one that is logical and consistent, and therefore easier to learn, one that is condensed with many short forms to make it faster to write, and one that has plenty of practice material to really ingrain the concepts. As you can see from our many real testimonials over the years, students, teachers, and court reporters alike are glad they chose StarTran.


A StarTran Online student will enter speedbuilding as a realtime writer, armed with the free StarTran 90,000-entry CAT dictionary, knowing how to write anything in English at about 60 to 80 wpm with a virtually perfect translation rate.  There are no "holes" in StarTran Theory.  No other theory can make this claim.

We encourage you to check out Stened, Phoenix Theory and Stenomaster, because we're confident you'll come back to Startran.  Keep in mind that in the Startran Online court reporting course, we teach theory — only theory. And because that is all we do, we do it very well. With over 25 years of teaching experience, we know what it takes to give you a jumpstart into speedbuilding and a great career.


Online Court Reporting Program Packed with Features and Resources for the Serious Student

And now StarTran Realtime Theory is presented in an online teaching platform second to none that makes the best use of your valuable time.  Patterned after the highly successful Simply Steno online court reporting program for speedbuilding, StarTran Online features an anytime log-in and weekly practice planned down to the minute.  Material is presented in small modules that follow in a logical progression and feed the feeling of accomplishment. Each of the 40 "Schedules" builds on the previous schedules and includes vocabulary building, review, career information, new concepts, abundant reinforcement and application practice, note-reading, answer-key checking, testing, and progress recording. We've incorporated video lectures, hundreds of audio dictation files, StarTran Realtime Theory textbooks and Reference Manual, and other resource downloads, all designed to make your learning experience as easy and enjoyable, yet meaningful, as possible. 


Guidance and Support From a Veteran Theory Instructor

Startran Realtime Theory Author Marlene Struss personally guides you through the 40 Lessons of Basic and Advanced Theory.  She not only explains the concepts of each section of the Lesson, but also gives tips, advice and comment, sometimes humorously, on practice habits, time management, motivation, technique, on-the-job examples, common pitfalls, professionalism, transcript production, and more, to simulate the kind of brick-and-mortar classroom court reporting teaching she has done for many years. She incorporates grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary building, so important for court reporting, into every Lesson, and her feedback on each student's tests is helpful and illustrative. Beyond that, she is always available to consult with and answer questions by email or phone.


StarTran Online Court Reporter Training is Your Best Value


Even though a dedicated student can complete StarTran Online in 5-9 months, you will have one full year of access. The extra time can accommodate unforeseen impediments to logging in or can be used for review and further practice.  You get one year of complete access to the StarTran Online platform for just $1,300. We state the amount proudly because it fulfills one of the other original goals of creating StarTran Online — to provide qualified and self-motivated students with an affordable way to learn court reporting. For what some court reporting programs charge in a single month, you can complete the entire StarTran Online court reporting training program and reap the benefits for the rest of your career!



There's no need to find yourself in the financial aid loop. If you qualify, PayPal Credit allows you to make your payment over the course of 6 months with no interest!



You can save thousands of dollars by learning court reporting theory with StarTran Online and maybe tens of thousands if you then transfer to an online speedbuilding course like Simply Steno.  But the choice is yours.  With StarTran Realtime Theory you can build speed with confidence wherever you choose to finish your court reporting curriculum, knowing that you've learned everything necessary to know about writing realtime on the job. 


StarTran Online is Simply Your Best Option for Success!


You are encouraged to browse the website and contact Marlene with any questions you may have.  If you feel you're ready to get started, please join from the Join Now page.


A few more testimonials...

"I LOVE STARTRAN!! I love it, I love it, I love it! I would not be a court reporter today if it weren't for StarTran! I just cannot say enough wonderful things about it! I just think it is the best, the best, best theory ...out there!"
Ann Gunther, StarTran Graduate

"Thank you so much! The whole StarTran theory was perfect for me. I'm now working as a court reporter in California!"
Trudi O'Brien, CSR

"Overall, I think your theory is the best, especially the organization and teaching part of it. The order in which you teach the keys and the thoroughness that you have covered prefixes, suffixes and compound elements is superb...Thanks again for all the help and encouragement."
Rhonda Zacharias, CSR, CRR

"I have found StarTran Realtime Theory to be a very well-designed, streamlined system of writing. It was easy to learn, and the Practice Habits give valuable advice and support that really helps."
Dawn Fisher, StarTran Student