StarTran Testimonials

"StarTran Theory is a remarkable piece of work. I was especially impressed with the Practice Habits at the beginning of each lesson. Those are brilliant."

Thomas Holub, CRI, Instructor 
College of Marin

StarTran - Supplies You Need to Start
Everything you need to get moving in the right direction.

If you're ready to roll, check out the Join Now page.

There's no reason to spend thousands of dollars to get started. To begin the StarTran Realtime Theory program, you need -

1 - A steno machine. This is not included in the StarTran starting costs. You do not need an expensive, professional model to start. In fact, we encourage you to start with an inexpensive, manual machine. Ideally, you want a court reporting machine that allows you to write to paper notes. If you go with a manual machine, you can pick one up off eBay or Craigslist at most times for around $100.

To make sure you get a clean, working steno machine with a warranty, I suggest going to StenoWorks. They have 2 deals I like - 1 that is special for StarTran users...

Stentura 200 Package - $365 - Manual machine with paper.

Stentura 200 SRT Package - $595 - The next level up - basic CAT capability.

You are welcome to get a higher-end machine as well. Just make sure it allows you to read what you write in steno - either on paper or on a screen.

Your steno machine must have a number bar, a wide "TS" or "DZ" key, and a wide asterisk key on the right side. All machines should come with a tripod, but check to make sure it's included. If you need help getting the correct machine, just let us know and we'll point you in the right direction.

2 - Steno paper. If you're using a machine that uses steno paper, you should start with a case - 50 pads. That should run about $50-70, depending on where you get it and how much shipping is. You can try Pengad, Acculaw, RPM and others.

3 - Computer. You may use a laptop or desktop. You need to be able to connect to the Internet for our online lessons. Our theory program does not require a high-end computer, but you should be familiar with the basics of your system. For most of your practice activities, the smaller screens on a tablet or phone will not be appropriate, so we don't recommend you try to complete the course using those devices.

4 - Word or similar word-processing program. You will be required to transcribe your work at times, so you must have some means to do that - Word, Open Office, AbiWord - there are many options out there.

5 - Adobe Reader 10.0 or higher. Most computers have Adobe Reader on them already. It's a free program - one you'll use often. If you don't have it, we will direct you to the download link.

6 - Reliable Internet connection. Your StarTran Theory lessons will be presented on our online platform, so you must have a reliable Internet connection to access your lessons each day.

7 - Typing skills. Ideally, you should be able to type at least 60 words-per-minute on a standard computer keyboard.


8 - Grammar and usage manual. Any manual, such as a Gregg Reference Manual, where you can look up grammar, punctuation, and usage rules.

Again, if you ever need help with any of these things, we can help point you in the right direction. It's important to have all these things before you start the StarTran Online Program.