Each student must possess this equipment prior to enrolling in
classes at Realtime Center For Learning. The student will be
required to bring the computer to class each week.
Case CATalyst current version use our keyless security option
If you are eligible for e-Key and haven't converted yet, please
contact Stenograph Technical Support at
for more information.
Notebook computer with the following features:
I cannot say enough about how well Realtime Center
For Learning has prepared me to launch my career as a
freelance court reporter. With two months on the job, I
handled a complex multi-party construction litigation with
five sets of attorneys as if I had years of experience under
my belt. I am continuing to earn a high level of respect in
the field and am so grateful for the excellent training and
support I received at Realtime Center. Be well.
Kathy Wetzel, RCFL 2013 Graduate and Freelance Court
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.
Windows 10 / Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista – 2 GB of RAM
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
40 GB hard drive with at least 20 GB of free space. An 80 GB
hard drive or larger is recommended.
A DirectX 9 compatible video card with a minimum of 256 MB Video
SVGA monitor capable with a 1024x768 or higher resolution.
A Windows compatible sound card for audio recording at 8KHz,
A Windows compatible external, self-powered or battery powered
A USB port for the writing machine to write realtime, update the
writing machine dictionary, and update the writing machine
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.
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.
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
For more information on how to use Windows on a Mac, please check
Apple's Boot Camp
This article is for information purposes only. Stenograph does not
support or assist with the installation and configuration of Boot
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
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 TypingCertification.com
for pre-admission testing.
However, please feel free to visit TypingCertification.com to try
the practice test and familiarize yourself with how the testing
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.
Meets Tuesday or Thursday nights 6-9 p.m. Attendance is mandatory.
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.
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.
- 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
- Complete an Enrollment Application.
- Provide an official transcript showing completion of your
high school requirements for a diploma.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Realtime Center For Learning, Inc. does not participate in any
Federal or State financial aid programs.