Internet Scoping School Review – What It Is and What You Learn — 9 Comments

  1. I am interested, but I read in the article that we are required to have a high speed Internet. My present connection is a metered broadband, something like a prepaid Internet, but I see to it that it is always connected. With that be okay with this course?

    Another thing.. I’d like to ask about the mode of payment accepted. Do they accept credit card payments? Or do they let students pay via Paypal?

    By the way, I’m from the Philippines. Are they accepting international students like me?

    • Hi, Gomer –

      The reason you need high-speed internet is that the audio files that accompany the text run 14-16 mb/hr., so they are huge. Do you know what your download speed is? You can find out by going to If your speed is slow, there are programs like Dropbox that you can use to transfer files instead. As long as your connection doesn’t drop, you should be able to get the work that way.

      ISS is set up to take credit card payments according to the payment plan you choose. You can choose as many as 12 months of payments, with the provison that the training must be paid off by the time you graduate — for obvious reasons. You can also pay through PayPal or by check, if you prefer.

      The only thing I’d mention about nonAmerican students is that if English isn’t your first language, or if you are not very well versed in it, scoping is probably not a good career choice. Native “American English” speakers have their hands full, trying to figure out poorly spoken witnesses and attorneys. Years ago I trained some “foreign” students, and when I reviewed their work, they would sometimes have a totally wrong word in a sentence. It looked like it fit the steno notes, but it made no sense in the context of the transcript. That convinced me that nonnative speakers probably aren’t a good fit for scoping.

      However, Gomer, your comment is very well written and punctuated, so you may very well have the aptitude for words that is necessary to be a great scopist. In the free email series, there are two quizzes on word skills that would give you an idea if you are qualified for the training. I recommend that you sign up for them and see how you do on those drills. Feel free to discuss your score with me, and I will be honest with you about whether I think you have what it takes to be a professional scopist. I refuse to take anyone’s money and train them for a profession if I don’t think they will succeed.

      Thank you for your great questions! If you have more, feel free to post them. I have been scoping for over 38 years, and I have brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars for our family while working from home. I’ve always known I have the best of both worlds!

      Linda – Instructor

  2. You wrote a really awesome review! While this is not for me ( I tried a transcribing job from home once and I couldn’t pick out the tiny little words that people said quickly, and wanting to do the job well, I was frustrated to no end.) However, this seems like a great opportunity for people who are planning on going into this field anyway.

    The pricing does seem a bit much for the program, and I would have liked to see what one could charge clients once a business is up and running. On the whole, I think it looks like a great course.

    • Very happy that you thought the review was awesome, Christopher! That’s my aim. I put a lot of work into each review, interviewing the course creators, graduates, going through the course material (when I’m given access) and asking many questions all along the way!
      I’m going to leave answering your question to Linda as she will have more details to share than I would.

    • Hi, Christopher –

      Scoping is much easier and faster than transcribing. When a scopist receives a file from a reporter, it has been translated into English by the reporter’s computer. This is accomplished by matching the steno notes to words that the reporter has entered into his/her dictionary. If the word is not perfectly written or has not been entered into the dictionary, it may come up untranslated or mistranslated into the wrong words. I teach a thorough section on learning to read machine shorthand (steno) to help figure out these words. The reporter also sends an audio file by which we can spot check — or even listen to the whole audio — as we work. It’s a nice little “insurance policy.” The audio is usually very good quality, and we have the option of slowing it down to pick out words that we can’t hear.

      All online scopist training courses run about the same pricewise. Internet Scoping School, however, has two to three times the training material of the others. My goal was not to write a course that students could fly through; my goal was to write the most thorough course that I could so that students would be extraordinarily well prepared to get out there and do an amazing job for their clients. A satisfied client is one who keeps coming back, right? And ISS grads have the reputation of being some of the best in the field.

      Once a scopist builds his/her speed and clientele, it is very possible to make 35K or more, working from home — or even more, if you get into the rush market. Jobs that have less than a 3-day turnaround are uprated, sometimes by more than double. They are high stress but the pay can be over $500/day. They don’t come along very often — which is probably a good thing because they’re extremely exhausting — but just a few of them per year can really boost a scopist’s income. To qualify to edit them, however, one must be very experienced and fast while maintaining accuracy. They aren’t for novices.

      If you have more questions, please send them along. You might want to subscribe to the free email series to learn more about scoping and see if it’s something you might like better than transcribing. It’s a lot easier on the ol’ joints, since you aren’t typing in every word. To this day, I really enjoy what I do, and I’ve been scoping since God was a boy! It will provide my supplemental income long into my retirement. How can you beat that?

      Linda – Instructor

  3. Wow! This is such a comprehensive review of the school and the profession of scoping, which I have never heard of. 

    It sounds like a great legitimate way to make money, but what about the school’s career services. Do they offer this? Do they offer to help you find clients after you complete the course? I would have to research the viability of the career. I just have never heard of it. I would hate to invest the money and time in this course and couldn’t find clients afterwards. You know what I mean. 

    I checked out some of you other posts…Great website. We moms need this.

    • I’m happy you found it useful, Shannon.

      I have to say that I’m learning a lot creating this website – I also had not heard of scoping until about 6 months ago. Apparently there is a definite need for scopists, but because they work in the background, we don’t hear about them much.

      ISS doesn’t offer jobs, but it does give comprehensive training on how to build your business and get clients. And as you have life-time access to the course and the accompanying Facebook group, you have plenty of support when you need it. Linda does post leads and reporter contacts in the FB group at times.

      Let me know if you have any other questions,


      • Hey, Robin –

        Thanks for letting me know about these posts. I’m always delighted to talk about scoping. It’s been a wonderful career for me, and I highly recommend it. If you’re a “word nerd” like me, you can’t beat it!

        Happy New Year!

        Linda – Instructor

    • Hey, Shannon –

      Isn’t it amazing that scoping has been around for about 40 years, and no one has ever heard of it? I think it’s because it’s a pretty specialized field. Unless you’re connected with court reporting, it’s probably a big mystery!

      ISS teaches our grads how to find clients, as well as passing on reporter contacts that we receive. We have been able to connect many grads to clients — sometimes before they officially graduate. Talk about being thrown in with the sharks! Since everyone is on the internet these days, it’s easier than ever to connect with reporters.

      I can tell you that sometimes, when I get swamped with work, I post a message on our private Facebook page, looking for help. Everyone is always too busy to help me! I mean, sheesh! That’s a great problem to have, but it would be nice if they’d help the ol’ teacher out. After all, I’ve been scoping since the dawn of creation, and I don’t WANT to work as much as I used to!

      If you go onto our website, there are several stories of ISS grads posted there. I can also tell you that, from what I see of our grads, once they graduate, they find clients and build successful businesses for themselves. I always tell them that if they’re looking for work, to let me know, and I rarely hear a peep. Court reporters just don’t have time to go out and write all day and then edit their own work and get it in in time. And if they find scopists who know do a great job on their transcripts, they want to keep them around.

      We have a public Facebook page located at Anyone who is interested in scoping is welcome to join. You can interact with other potential students, current students, and grads. You can see what scoping is all about. And if you want to research the viability of the career, while on Facebook and search for “court reporters” and “scopists.” You will be amazed how many websites there are. There are even job boards where reporters and scopists advertise and make connections. It’s a great time to be a scopist!

      If you have any questions, shoot them on over. I love scoping and I highly recommend it!

      Linda – Instructor

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