Last Updated on April 24, 2021

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Do you want to know how to open a transcription account and pass the test? This post will take you that process from start to finish. Whether it's a Scribie test, Gotranscript test or Rev test, the application process is the same. Best freelance transcription jobs from homeA good number of transcriptionists, especially beginners, get intimidated by the transcription application process. They say the process seems long, tiring, and sometimes scary.

I can agree to some extent, but you don’t have to worry. Today, I will show you how to open an account and pass the transcription test.

Whether you are looking at the Scribie test, Gotrascript test, or Rev transcription job application, the application process is the same. There are certain transcription rules and transcript guidelines that you must adhere to.

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What is a Transcription Test?

When you first open an account with a company that hires remote transcriptionists, you’ll need to complete a free transcription test. This is a simple, straightforward way for companies to assess your English, listening, and typing skills. When you pass the test, you can usually start to claim jobs immediately.

How to Open a Transcription Account and Pass the Test?

It’s easy to open an account for the first time, but is it just as easy to pass a transcription test? What if your Rev application is rejected, does this mean transcription isn’t for you? Learn exactly which steps to take to pass the test so you can become a transcriptionist.

Step 1:  Choose a Company to Work for

The first thing you need to do is decide on which company to work for. My favorites include, TranscribeMe, Scribie, and GoTranscript.  Out of this list, choose two or three and then narrow your options down to one or two.

I personally would go for and TranscribeMe, even though they are strict at the beginning. Once you get in and learn the ropes, your transcription journey will be worthwhile. You will earn top dollar and can even be promoted to reviewer status which will earn you even more money.

If you’re looking for more places to find legitimate work, check out these transcription companies that hire beginners. It’s a great place to get your feet wet in the transcription industry and build a portfolio for future reference. You can also get real reviews for the jobs you complete.

After you’ve built your experience, you can also work with more advanced companies that offer online medical transcription jobs.

Related: Review: Is it The Best Place to Find Transcription Work?

Step 2:  Make Sure You Meet The Company Requirements

Some companies will instruct you to install software or have some transcription tools ready before they send you the transcriptionist test. A company like TranscribeMe expects you to install Google Chrome and have a fast internet connection. They also require you to be fluent in English, have great typing speeds, and good grammar skills.

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Step 3:  Read the Transcript Style Guide

Many people overlook this step but it’s essential to consider. Understanding the transcript style guide is the only way for them to know that you can actually work on their projects satisfactorily.

The style guide is what differentiates their line of business from other transcription companies because each company has its own way of handling projects. So, read the style guide word for word and make sure you understand the vital points that are mentioned.

For example, you may find company A uses Speaker 1 and Speaker 2 for speaker identification and company B uses their full names. If you confuse the two, your application might be rejected.

The style guide may also introduce you to timestamping, the proper way to write a transcript, and the transcription software they require you to use.

Step 4: Sharpen Your English Skills

Are you able to correctly punctuate a sentence? Do you know how to spell words correctly? These are important skills to have as a transcriptionist. You need to learn how to correctly type words that are pronounced the same but have different meanings. These are called ‘homophones.’

Related: Proofreading Jobs Online

Step 5: Improve Your Typing Speed

If you are typing at 30 words per minute (WPM ), improve your skills to at least 40 or 50 WPM. A website like only gives you 60 minutes to complete the test.  Taking a whole day to do it will automatically disqualify you.

If your Rev application is rejected, you can reapply 45 days later.

Step 6: Complete the Transcriptionist Test with Confidence

After carefully following all the steps mentioned above, believe that you can now do this. Take the transcription test with confidence and look on the bright side.

More information

I hope you enjoyed today’s post of opening a transcription account and passing the test. If you’re ready to take a free transcription test, start with these transcription jobs.

Speaking of transcriptionists tests, if you want free training, get this Free 7-Lesson Mini Course offered by Janet Shaugnessy over at Transcribe Anywhere. Janet will teach you what transcription entails, whether it’s a good fit for you, how much you can earn, and why transcription is an in-demand skill right now.

Interest in legal transcription instead? No problem! Take the Legal Transcription Free Mini Course and learn everything you need to know about legal transcription.

Have you opened a transcription account before? How was the experience? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.

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Virginia Nakitari is a full-time blogger and a work from home expert. Join Virginia and 200,000 monthly readers on EarnSmartOnlineClass to learn how to make money online, even as a beginner. Before starting this blog, Virginia worked as a freelancer, specializing in general transcription and virtual assistance. Her wide clientele comprised of business coaches, podcasters, bloggers, and other online entrepreneurs. It's through these interactions that Virginia developed a knack for writing and showing people how to work from home, make money online and attain financial freedom.

    • Hello Cyrus. Yes, it’s possible but I no longer deal with transcription. There is an excellent group on Facebook named Awesome Transcribers group. Search for it and join. You will find someone who can help you secure a Rev account. All the best.

  • Dear Virginia,
    This post has been more than helpful, I appreciate all the info shared.
    Looking forward to learning more from you.
    Very soon will be joining the transcription world as a newbie.

  • Hello Virginia, thanks for the good work you are doing. I have done a Rev test a couple of times but still fail. Do you have an idea how one can pass the test. Please help.

    • Hello Stanley,

      So sorry to hear that. Well, I had a PDF sometime back explaining how to go about the Rev test. I’m not sure if Rev changed their test or not. It’s been a while since I last worked with them.

  • Hello Virginia could you kindly share on the various designs of transcription you have done. e. g one dealing with timestamps and any other design.

    • Hello Ian. Yes, I can do that but there are various designs that I’ve dealt with. I’ll just be brief and mention that I’ve dealt with one on one recordings, interviews, presentations and timestamps. There are various timestamping requirements. Some clients expect you to insert timestamps after every 2 minutes and otheres prefer after 5 minutes of a recording. Hope that helps.

    • Hello Cate. Nice to connect with you. I used to train on transcription but I no longer offer that service. There is a wonderful Facebook group called Awesome Transcribers Kenya Facebook Group that can help you get started. I know a number of transcription trainers who can help you. Let me know if you need more assistance. Regards.

  • Hello mam
    I want to join Rev, but i’m a little bit intimidated? What’s the chance that they can actually hire you?

    I’m scared that i will apply then they will see my IP address and reject me… I’m from Kenya like you.

    • Hello Naomi. You just need to believe in yourself and believe that you can do it. Yes, they do reject some applications, especially from Kenya, but not always. I know a number of people who have Rev accounts and are making money that way. One thing I will warn you, though, is that the company is very strict when it comes to grammar and punctuation. You need to work on that first. I see you’ve written words like “i” and “i’m” in small letters. They always do check for small mistakes like that. But, there are a few guys who can help you with the Rev application. Contact me using the Contact form and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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  • Very informative. Thanks for sharing it. can u send me rev information in pdf which you have mentioned above as I want to qualify and make account for it

  • For the first time I have a resource to use throughout my working online career. Please send me the file in pdf. I will appreciate. Thanks.

  • Hi Virginia, I’m trying to get started transcribing from home. I have only tried one test with Rev which was unsuccessful. Not surprising, as I’m a real newbie at the game! However I really enjoyed doing it, and think if I could maybe get the Rev pdf. to get some insight, it will be a great help, along with any other tips you can pass on. Bess you for the work you are doing, and the wonderful patience you show, Shirley.

  • I wish I had read this before applying to I did not make it the first time and I believe it was due to not reading and adhering to their style guide. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated as I am hoping to succeed on the second try!

  • I’m happy now and I think its time to re do it again. first time I did the test I failed within just minutes and they gave me 45days to re do it. now today. wish me success Virggy!

  • Hi Virginia

    I’ve been working for Rev since March this year, and a week ago they shut down my account. My stats were good, I was Revver Plus and my customer rating was 4.1 which is why it’s strange that they ‘Couldn’t keep your transcription account open. This is due to your quality being below our acceptable average,’ etc. I’ve consulted with fellow Revvers and apparently this is common for people in regions like Kenya, Nigeria and India. Isn’t that unfair and generalizing?


    • Hello SKK,

      Sorry to hear that. Well, Rev has been having issues with transcribers coming from third world countries. Someone leaked information to them that these countries do buy and sell their accounts, which to them is unethical. And so, they are just looking for ways to get rid of as many people as possible. That’s why they are harsh. But, I think shutting down your account like that, considering the good performance and without notice is unfair.

  • Hi Virginia. Thanks a lot for the information. It was helpful. I would like to get more tips from you and if possible get the rev pdf

  • Hello Virginia, Greetings. I did go through the contents and I am happy that I visited this page. I have an experience of 17+ years in Medical Transcription and presently started my own unit with 15 systems in India. All my medical transcriptionist/QA are with a minimum experience of 5+ years and are quality oriented. Will it be possible to get a client who can offer my company regular volume of on daily basis. With the time difference between India and USA being an advantage, we can work on any shift timings. Could you please refer me any hospital or an agency who can arrange business on a regular basis.

  • Hi Virginia,
    I am a newbie interested in transcribing and afraid to attempt Rev exam, could you please send me the rev pdf. Thanks for the good work

  • Hi, Virginia! Thank you so much for that wonderful tips that you’re giving out. I would like to open an account with Rev can you please send me the REV pdf? Many thanks!

  • Thank you for that….What can I do now that I went through the test but after I completed the article, I logged off to continue the next day? Let me hear your feedback.

  • Hey Virginia, I found your tips really helpful. I have been training to be a rev video captioner and I’ve grown competent at the same. I however never seem to succeed in making applications that is quite frustrating. How exactly do I make a successful application?

  • Good morning Viginia, as you have been helping other people. I am also asking for your help. Kindly help me with the Rev pdf test. I reaally need it. Thanks for your blog.

  • Hi, I read somewhere on your site a couple of days ago where you mentioned a software program that is available as free ware to reduce background noise. I have been searching but cannot find the entry again. Could you please provide me with the info?

  • Good evening,
    Thank you so much for the wonderful tips! It’s very appreciated. Would you please send me that PDF file? Thank you!

  • Very informative, thank you! Would love the info on if you could send it to me when you get a moment. Thanks for your time. Dawn

  • Thanks a million for the insights. Please can you send me the pdf material on how to open a account. Thank you once again.

  • Hello Virginia, thanks so much for your encouraging words. I think I would be a good transcriptionist, but haven’t been successful in applying to Rev or TranscribeMe. If you do have a PDF or tips that will help will you please share with me? I would appreciate it, and thank you for being so helpful.

  • Hi, madam

    Could you help me by sending the Rev pdf test. I’d like to join Rev, and start an income. Kindly help me. Thanking you.

  • Sorry the comment above is for the TM post.

    Virginia, you are doing a great job to encourage and enlighten us on the tips of working online and enrolling with companies that are tested and are legit for our services.
    Thank you very much and stay blessed

  • This is a very inspiring and educating post. Timothy is doing a good job in giving highlights of keeping at it and getting newbies to gain confidence and experience. Great stuff.
    Thank Virginia.

  • Thanks Nakitari, this site is very informative, hoping to join the transcription world. Pls send me that pdf on Rev.

  • Please send me your email id. We have started MT company back in India and we are in search of Clients and Best trainer for our employees. Please send me your email id and Skype info so we can talk further in depth. Else you can always buzz me on +1 917 244 5100. For a month I am in Boston for business visit.

  • Thanks Virginia for your generous info. Hoping to make it into the world of transcribers.
    I would like to venture into the Rev account.


  • Halo Virginia,
    Thank you very much for the information and glued to the blog opening page by page and reading very great article. Please I would like to know how to open a Rev account successfully.
    Thank you,

    • Most welcome Dora. I’m happy to know my blog has been helpful. Please, subscribe to my free newsletter if you haven’t done so already. I share really great tips with my loyal subscribers. I’m also going to send you the Rev pdf in your personal email. Regards.

  • Hi, Thanks for the information. It’s very helpful. Kindly share the tips to successfully open a Rev account.


  • Really looking forward to the rev information. Bless you. Since I started on transcription, your site has been my best source of advice

  • Very important information Virginia. Thanks. Looking out for tips on how to successfully open an account with

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