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How to Gain Audio Typing Skills

How to gain audio typing skillsLegal Secretaries hold a wealth of professional skills which enable them to perform their role.  Audio Typing is one of them and although it is not always required for legal secretarial positions, you will give yourself better job prospects if you prepare yourself for learning this useful skill.

Audio typing involves typing a letter or document from an audio recording made by another person, such as your boss. This is called a dictation. Legal Secretaries Diploma Students will be familiar with this word, as some of the assessments are examples of dictations that can be given to you in a legal environment.

It is used to be common for dictations to be recorded on micro cassettes.  The Secretary would then listen to the recording with a pair of headphones and control the speed of the dictation with a foot pedal.  These days dictations can be recorded on dictaphones and accessed through electronic files.

When you start work as a Legal Secretary, your new employer will provide you with information as to how their audio transcription system works.  Each firm and legal department varies.

The key skills you need for audio typing are a fast and accurate typing speed, to be able to touch type so that you do not look at the keyboard, an excellent standard of spelling and grammar, and a high level of concentration.  

We highly recommend that you enrol on our Typing Skills Course to improve your typing speed and level of accuracy.  ILSPA provides a complete online typing skills course including beginner, intermediate, advanced and speciality lessons to help typists of all levels. Whilst it won't teach you how to use audio typing software, it will prepare you for the level of competance you need to perform the task.  

If you would like to practice audio typing at home, there are audio recordings available online. Take a look at a website called Podomatic: Practising with the podcasts available will help you to become familiar with typing from an audio recording. 

Contact us on 0207 1009210 or email us at for more information.


I read your article in "Dedicated" about audio typing - there are some free dictations which are for stenography on the Web, but if people have a means of playing the recording back and forward they could be used for audio practice. "Stenocourtreporting.blogspot" is quite a good site with links to a number of audio recordings and although it does not itself post dictations has some links to dictations online (there is some duplication with the stenocourtreporting.blogspot but, hey, it's free resources!!!!!

Hi, Could you email me all I need to know to become an Audio Typist such as how long it takes, How many hours do I need to dedicate to the course per week, How long each level takes, How much it cost per level, etc please. I would like to start as a beginner and continue to the higher level. I would prefer to do the course from home however if attending the college is advised I might consider it. Kind Regards Mojgan

Thank you for your comment Mojgan. The Institute does not offer a Audio Typing Course. Please contact us on the details at the end of the article and we will be happy to discuss who you can improve these skills further without a course. Kind regards ILSPA Team

Hi I would like to know how I can pay in installments if I enroll on your typing course and how I can obtain help with audio typing. I would need to do this via distance learning as I am currently a stay at home mum who wants to update her skills to get back into work. If you can advise/help that would be wonderful. Looking forward to hearing from you. Regards Davinda Flude
Davinda Flude

Thank you for your comment Davinda. We would be delighted to discuss the Typing Skills Course in more detail with you. Please call on 020 7100 9210 as soon as you are ready. Kind regards ILSPA Team

I would like to have free audio typing courses or to improve my self, I am busy studying (distance learning) and there is no body who show me how to do this. Please forward me the link or something that will help me. I am writing my exams in November 2015. Regards,
Sarah Pontula

Thank you for your comment Sarah. Please follow the link supplied in the article to the website where you can practice your audio typing. If you would like to discuss improving your audio typing further please call us on 020 7100 9210 and we will be happy to help. Kind regards ILSPA Team

How much is the online audio typing

Thank you for your comment. We do not offer an online audio typing course. We recommend students take our standard Typing Skills Course to improve their speed and accuracy. They can then use these skills to improve their audio typing, by practising with the free websites mentioned. Details of our Typing Skills Course can be found through this link

I am trying to speed my typing abilities and to refresh my typing by hearing and not seeing, can you help me with this.
Mary Louise Sparks

Thank you for your comment Mary. ILSPA's Typing Skills Course is designed to help you improve the speed and accuracy of your typing in general. As you are looking to improve your audio typing in particular, we would recommend checking out the audio typing practise sites mentioned within the article.

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