Required Equipment
Each student must possess a laptop computer prior to enrolling in classes at Realtime Center For Learning. The student will be required to bring the computer to class each week.
NOTE: Case CATalyst current version use our keyless security option called e-Key. If you are eligible for e-Key and haven’t converted yet, please contact Stenograph Technical Support at 800-323-4247 for more information.

Notebook computer with the following features:

Operating System

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP is not recommended**Microsoft ended support of Windows XP in 2014, and will no longer provide security updates or support information. Stenograph strongly recommends using a current Operating System due to security concerns and limited ability to troubleshoot XP related issues.

Computer Processor (CPU)

  • Windows 10 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista – A processor speed of 2GHz or higher. An Intel i3, i5, i7, or AMD equivalent is strongly recommended.
  • To take advantage of Case CATalyst version 15 Live Suggestions features, we recommend at least a 1.5GHz processor.

RAM (Memory)

  • Windows 10 / Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista – 2 GB of RAM or more.
  • To take advantage of Case CATalyst version 15 Live Suggestions features, we recommend at least 2 GB of RAM.
  • If you use Case CATalyst VP, at least 4 GB of RAM is recommended.

Hard Drive

  • 40 GB hard drive with at least 20 GB of free space. An 80 GB hard drive or larger is recommended.

Video Card

  • A DirectX 9 compatible video card with a minimum of 256 MB Video RAM.


  • SVGA monitor capable with a 1024×768 or higher resolution.

Audio Card

  • A Windows compatible sound card for audio recording at 8KHz, 16-bit.


  • A Windows compatible external, self-powered or battery powered microphone.


  • A USB port for the writing machine to write realtime, update the writing machine dictionary, and update the writing machine software.
  • A 9-pin Serial port to connect the writing machine to write realtime. If your computer does not have a 9-pin Serial port you will need a USB to Serial port compatible adapter. Depending on your writing machine, a 9-pin Serial port may be optional.

Optional Equipment

  • A Windows compatible mouse or other pointing device.
  • External Floppy Drive for reading notes from legacy writing machines and importing files from older CAT software.
  • NOTE: Many editing commands rely on the Function Keys (F1 – F12), especially relying on F4 when inserting format symbols. Stenograph suggests you purchase a PC that has Function Keys.

· Case CATalyst on Mac Computers

·    Case CATalyst will run on a Mac computer but a version of Windows must be installed.
Stenograph recommends using a utility that comes with Macs called Boot Camp. This utility helps create space on the hard drive so that Windows can be installed in addition to the Mac OS. After Windows has been installed on the computer, you can boot to Windows and run Case CATalyst in a pure Windows environment just like a PC.

·    Stenograph does not recommend using programs like VMware Fusion or Parallels Desktop as these programs run inside the Mac Operating System. This setup can cause issues with the amount of system resources allocated to run Windows, the Mac OS, and Case CATalyst at the same time.

·    Before using Boot Camp, make sure that your Mac meets the System Requirements.
For more information on how to use Windows on a Mac, please check Apple’s Boot Camp website.

·        NOTE: This article is for information purposes only. Stenograph does not support or assist with the installation and configuration of Boot Camp.

Keyboarding Skills
Must be able to pass a keyboarding test at a minimum of 40 wpm. Applicants who score between 20 wpm and 40 wpm will be considered on a case-by-case basis with the understanding that the minimum 40 wpm mark must be obtained within the first 12 months of enrollment in the program.

Not sure how fast you type? Here are some links to online resources to test yourself and improve your skills:
Realtime Center For Learning utilizes for pre-admission testing.

However, please feel free to visit to try the practice test and familiarize yourself with how the testing software works.

Availability and Time Commitment
First 12 units:
Meets Thursday nights 7-9 p.m. Attendance is mandatory.

Second 12 units:
Meets Tuesday nights 6-9 p.m. Attendance is mandatory.

Speedbuilding Workshop
Meets Tuesday or Thursday nights 6-9 p.m. Attendance is mandatory.

Practice/Study Time:
You must have a minimum of 13 hours available outside of class each week for Units 1-12. These 13 hours must be spread over a minimum of four days; preferably six days as frequent repetition is key to success in this program. Students are required to calendar their practice time for the instructor. A Minimum of 18 hours for Units 13-24 to incorporate required academics to be spread out over a minimum of four to six days.

Internships of 40 hours are completed near the end of the program. The student must be available to sit-in with working reporters during their regular work days.

Admissions Procedure

Applications are accepted by Realtime Center For Learning year-round. Applicants are required to do the following:
Schedule a personal interview with an admissions representative.

  1. Attend an Open House Workshop.  These are both opportunities for you to learn more about court reporting and make an informed decision if this course of study is appropriate for you.
  2. Complete an Enrollment Application.
  3. Provide an official transcript showing completion of your high school requirements for a diploma.
  4. Complete an Entrance Language Arts exam with a score of 80% or better. Scores of 70-79% will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Exam can be taken after Workshop or personal interview.
  5. Complete a three-minute keyboarding test with a speed of 40 wpm or better, corrected. Test can be taken after Workshop or personal interview. Applicants with a minimum speed of 20 wpm, but falling short of the 40 wpm requirement may be admitted with the provision that a speed of 40 wpm will be attained within 12 months of enrollment.
  6. Submit a non-refundable application fee of $100.

Successful applicants will be notified via mail of acceptance to the program and must schedule an appointment to complete the enrollment agreement. New starts are enrolled into either Fall or Spring quarters

Financial Aid

Realtime Center For Learning, Inc. does not participate in any Federal or State financial aid programs.

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