This audio is used for the transcriber test at GoTranscript.
The purpose of this test is to see if you are paying attention. We have given you a lot of information to help you pass this test. But if you don’t follow the guidelines you won’t pass. For example, right at the beginning of this test I telling you that this is supposed to be formatted as clean as a clean verbatim transcript, as opposed to full verbatim. There are different ways that transcripts are supposed to be formatted depending on whether their CV or FV. There are even the sample tests and documents provided. So you can look that up. Yet we’re constantly flummoxed at how many people ignore that information.
Another section of the GoTranscript guidelines specifies just exactly, well, approximately how long your paragraph should be. Are you following that rule? it’s pretty easy and yet, you’d be surprised at how many people’s tests are just one big long blob of a paragraph. There’s also a segment of the guidelines that explain how to format tags, such as unintelligible and inaudible, speaker tags, and sound events. Some of those tags will be bolded and timestamped. Others won’t be, it’s spelled out in the guidelines and if you don’t follow those rules, you won’t have to test.
Punctuation is super important and yet many people submit their tests with all sorts of weird punctuation marks that are either incorrect, such as commas in the wrong places, or which the guidelines expressly forbid, such as exclamation points. That’s right. No matter how enthusiastic the speaker may sound you never, ever, ever use an exclamation point.
Numbers are another big reason why people fail our test as well. We have all sorts of information in the guidelines about which numbers should be spelled out, and which one should you use numerals. For example, if I say, two people went into the house, you would spell out that too. However, let’s say the speaker says, I distinctly saw two people go into that house, but later 10 people came out. Do you spell out the two or the 10? In that case? Well, it’s in the guidelines, so look it up.
Another big pet peeve I personally have about numbers is that whenever I give a currency amount, like for example, 1500 bucks, a lot of people don’t bother putting in a comma. Sometimes they don’t put in the dollar sign either. Yet all that information is right there in the guidelines.
We’ve even discussed it in our Facebook group, which you should definitely join on if you can. I know, I know. I keep saying the same thing over and over again, ad infinitum, etc. But you know what, when I have to look through 2000 plus applications every day, and it makes me sad to see that only a handful of them are even close to acceptable. Damn it. Oh, and for those of you who didn’t appreciate me saying damn just now. It’s because there’s a rule in the guidelines about curse words and I really want you to look it up consonant.
This audio is used for the transcriber test at Gotranscript.