It's convention time.....
Shannon Davis Flannery
So I took the RVR yesterday in Atlanta and failed miserably. I'm not excited about sharing that personal experience, but many have wondered what to expect so I will share how I perceived the overall experience. I would encourage anyone interested to go ahead and sign up. I'm not sure how it will be at the NVRA convention, but I was testing with one other person. It wasn't at all stressful, considering it was a timed test. I was less anxious because it seemed less strict since there were only two of us to watch. The instructions are very detailed, just like the CVR. The formatting I use for work is different than this requires so I set up a page layout specifically for the test with header (partially complete), 1" margins, no borders, no line numbers, no page numbers. Once over, we were provided thumb drives to which we transferred our audio and .pdf transcript files and that was it. Why I know I failed: 1. I have had software issues for 3+ weeks. I have been in touch with IT about it and they are aware of the problem; however, they were unable to correct it before I tested. This threw my text formatting way off several times, which is a huge deal on the Q/A leg. This is something that happens sometimes that you can't really do anything about. 2. I have had some other issues with with my software or dragon. I practiced a lot, but after a long night of good recognition (close to perfect in dragon pad), the next day I would have to retrain the word list the NVRA provides in advance of the test. I knew I needed to train them again right before the test in order for them to translate properly, so I planned my travel/arrival time accordingly. If your dragon/software doesn't have my problem, this won't help you prepare for the test either. Since my reasons for crashing and burning are really specific to me and my stuff, I only list them because, when it was over, I knew the test itself wasn't the reason I won't have my certification yet. The speed, volume, and general atmosphere were very reasonable. But for my problems, it's plausible I could have passed all of it my first time taking it. I will take it again and, if everything is working as it should, I have no doubt I can do this. Having sat for it, I don't think I'll have any anxiety the next time around. Side note: If taking in Atlanta, give yourself plenty of time if you feel the need to keep working on the specific word list or anything else. Atlanta is 2 hours from me. It took me 4 hours to get there. That eliminated any extra time for retraining or setting up required formatting. Side note: The other person taking the test with me had some sort of software failure, as well. Things happen when you get there you don't anticipate. Please feel free to PM me with specific questions if you have any. I will tell you everything except the content of the dictation. Good luck!
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Good morning. I'm just learning and I find it disconcerting to watch my screen as I'm speaking while trying to remember briefs, so it helps to look away. Is this a habit I should break and is this something that gets better with time and practice? TIA for any advice.
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