26 august 2021 gotranscript audio test passed

Speaker 1:
This audio is used for the transcriber test at GoTranscript.

Speaker 2:
Let’s talk a lot more about numbers, shall we? Like all transcription companies, GoTranscript has some specific rules about how numbers are supposed to be formatted.

Some of their requirements are different than those of other companies, which is why we keep telling you to keep those GoTranscript guidelines handy. Rather than just trying to remember I’m all.

For example, there’s this thing called the combination rule. Normally, you should spell out numbers that are less than 10. However, if there’s more than one number in the same sentence, and one of those numbers is 10, or higher than all of the numbers describing that same thing should be numerals rather than words. That means that if I say that, nine out of 10, people will do this, or that you should type the numerals nine and 10 rather than spelling mountain words. However, if all of the numbers are lower than 10, you should spell out the numerals. So if I say, three out of five, transcribers wouldn’t look at the guidelines if their life depended on it, you’d spell out the numerals three and five.

Another thing to be aware of with numbers is that sometimes there are different ways to write the exact same numbers, depending on the context and this is especially the case with an era like the 60s versus someone’s age being in their 60s.

One of those numbers will have an apostrophe in front of it and the other one won’t.

I’m not going to tell you which is which as part of this test is for you to find that out for yourself.

Times of the day are another type of number that can be confusing even to long-term, long-time transcribers.

Let’s say I tell you that I got up at 5 AM yesterday, but got up at six o’clock today.

Now in one case, you should use numerals. But in another case, you should use words. Which one is correct? Well, you better look it up in the guidelines because the answer is right there.

Oh, finally, sometimes a speaker will make reference to a verse from the Bible such as, Oh, let’s see John 316.

That’s the verse that’s usually held up on signs at football games, or at least they used to be before the COVID pandemic.

I don’t know if people still do that. But if they do, and a speaker comments on it, make sure you know how to write it correctly.

Speaker 1:
This audio is used for the transcriber test at GoTranscript.

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