New York State of Opportunity

New York State Department of Civil Service announces Continuous Recruitment Examination Open to All Qualified Individuals

Verbatim Reporter 1

Applications Accepted
Tests To Be Held


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Grade Salary Job Rate
20-879 Verbatim Reporter 1 G-17 $53,130 $64,260


Appointees who work in the five boroughs of New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, or Westchester Counties will receive an additional $3,026 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange, or Putnam Counties will receive an additional $1,513 annual mid-Hudson adjustment.

This examination is decentralized to the Workers' Compensation Board. The eligible list resulting from this examination will be used to fill positions at the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Office of the State Comptroller, and the Workers' Compensation Board.

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before the date of filing your application, you must have:

  1. possession of a certificate of completion of a two-year course/degree in court reporting or verbatim reporting from a nationally or regionally accredited school or institution or one recognized by the New York State Education Department (you will be required to furnish a copy at the time of the application); or
  2. two years of satisfactory experience in general verbatim reporting; or
  3. possession of documentation confirming proficiency of at least 180 words per minute from a nationally or regionally accredited school or institution or one recognized by the New York State Education Department. (You will be required to furnish a copy at the time of the application.)

Examples of Qualifying Court Reporting Experience include:

Examples of Non-Qualifying Experience include: Secretarial duties such as routine typing or data entry is considered non-qualifying experience. Internships required for completion of the two year degree in court reporting is considered non-qualifying experience.

The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Office of the State Comptroller, and the Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) have an ongoing need for persons qualified for appointment to these positions. The WCB will accept applications at any time. Applications will be rated on an as needed basis. In general, all applications received up to six weeks before a scheduled test date will be processed for that test date. Applications received afterward will be retained for the next scheduled rating. For other information about this examination, write to the NYS Workers' Compensation Board, Human Resources Management, 328 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305-2318; or call (518) 474-2685.


  1. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
  2. New York State residence is not required.
  3. Some Verbatim Reporter 1 positions may require that you have a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State ??? or otherwise demonstrate an ability to perform the required fieldwork ??? if public transportation is not available. You will be advised of this at the employment interview.

The Positions

Verbatim Reporter 1 positions exist in the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Office of the State Comptroller, and the Workers' Compensation Board. These positions are located in Albany, Binghamton, Brooklyn, Buffalo, Manhattan, Hauppauge, Hempstead, Queens, Menands, Peekskill, Rochester, Utica, White Plains, and Syracuse.

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As a Verbatim Reporter 1, you would take verbatim records at hearings, formal meetings and conferences by parties of interest. You would transcribe proceedings and minutes of meetings involving testimony and/or discussion on various topics. In addition, you would take the sworn testimony of doctors, specialists, psychiatrists, chiropractors, etc., including descriptions of diagnosis and treatment.

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Subject of Examination

There will be no written test. If you meet the Minimum Qualifications your training and experience will be evaluated against the general background/critical activities of the position. It is essential that you describe your training, education, and experience as completely as possible on the examination application NYS-APP-3 #20-879 Application Form/Supplemental Questionnaire. Ambiguity, vagueness or omissions will not be decided in your favor. Do NOT send resumes. If you need more space, attach additional 8??" x 11" sheets, following the same format used on the application form. Additional unsolicited information will not be accepted after receipt of your application.

Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans??? and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to your final passing score.

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How to Apply

Where to Apply

Mail your completed application to:

Retest Policy

Qualified candidates may file as frequently as six months but a new application is required each time.

Additional Information

New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest and/or criminal conviction record, or any other category protected by law, unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

Appointment to many positions in State government require candidates to undergo an investigative screening. This may include a thorough character investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Record History Check, a Child Abuse Registry clearance, or other similar procedures. Candidates may be fingerprinted and may be required to pay any necessary fees for that procedure. Depending on the nature of the job, the criminal convictions discovered, or any falsified or omitted information revealed, the investigative findings may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.

Eligibility for Employment

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of appointment and throughout your employment with New York State. If appointed, you must produce documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the United States, as required by the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Reasonable Accommodations in Testing

It is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to provide equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their application. Further information is available from the Test Accommodation Unit of the Department of Civil Service at

New York State Residence Is Not Required For Most Positions

However, you must be eligible for employment in the United States.

Continuous Recruitment/Eligible Lists

Candidates who meet the qualifications and pass this examination will have their names placed on the eligible list in the order of final scores, regardless of the date on which they filed or took the test. Generally, the names of qualified candidates will remain on the eligible list for two years. Appeal of ratings will not be allowed as the opportunity for retest exists. The Department of Civil Service reserves the right to terminate this special recruitment program.

Reissued: 7/15

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