What is Scoping? A Work at Home Job Few Know About

What is Scoping?By Devon Roberts

What exactly is scoping?

Scopists edit transcripts with a computer-assisted transcript (CAT) program. It is different from transcription in that 90 percent or more of the text is already recorded by the stenographic language.

How did you get involved with scoping?

I got involved in scoping in November of 2006 after taking a training program, so I could work from home.

I personally found out about it when looking for transcription work online.

What personality types are good for this job?

Most scopists are self-disciplined, Type A personalities that strive to do their best. Most enjoy working independently and not being pressed with a stringent deadline.

What kind of training is required?

Review of grammar is needed. We also have to review and discuss how court transcripts are punctuated in a slightly different manner than a history or research paper. Scopists need lots of contextual reading to train their eyes to catch the details. Learning the computer-assisted or aided transcription (CAT) software program is also required.

Feedback is provided on each student’s work before they begin working with court reporters.

How much can a scopist make per hour or annually?

Scopists can make $14 – $20 per hour to start. The first year will be spent gaining proficiency in formatting and learning the software. During the first year, scopists should be able to make around $2,000 a month. After a year or so, real-time scopists can make over $2,000 a week, because they edit the fast-paced work. Scopists are paid on a per-page basis and court reporters typically pay with a check or through PayPal every 10 days to two weeks depending on their payment schedule.

Most scopists are independent contractors and report their own income to the IRS. The benefits are working from home and having a flexible work schedule.

Tell us about the training program you created.

Shortly after I began scoping, I realized I had not received enough training. Once I became successful, I recognized the need for a thorough training program. I have a background in education and curriculum development, so I created my own training program. What sets our training apart is the level of detail and the feedback we provide on the student’s editing work. We are the only scoping training program with a Scoping Intern Program (SIP) which includes over 30 classes in our virtual classroom. All of the classes are recorded because many students work during the day. The program can be completed within three to six months.

What advice do you have for a newly trained scopist?

Be patient with yourself. You are trying to learn a lot of information in a short amount of time. Many times you will feel frustrated and overwhelmed in the process. That is your brain’s way of telling you to take a break. Kind of like resetting your computer.

If a newly trained scopist has not received enough training and does not feel confident in their skills, they should consider our Scoping Intern Program.  Although we developed it for our training program, many graduates from other training programs have enrolled in it.

Devon Roberts has been in the field of education since 1985. After having a desire to work from home, she went into scoping.  Within two years of starting her own scoping business and recognizing the need for additional training options, she developed the Accolade Scoping Education (ASE). At Accolade Scoping Education, we know how much information each student needs to absorb, apply and be tested on in order to become a successful scopist and team member of ours.

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