Transcriber FAQ's

TypeWell Transcribers are in high demand and HIS Sign is gearing up for a busy fall 2020 season! If you are interested in a job that helps others to be successful in their education and their careers, read on to find out answers to common questions about becoming a TypeWell Transcriber at HIS Sign.

Transcriber FAQ

The first thing you need to do is practice with a free typing test. Since the TypeWell program freezes your account for 30 days if you fail their test, it is important to practice, practice, practice. Consider using one of the links below:

Click on the link below to get an overview that walks you through the steps to take the test:

Transcriber Qualification Test – How to Prepare

Think you are ready to take the test? (needing a passing score of 60wpm or better) Remember to allow 30-40 minutes to take your test.

Click on the link below to begin:

Create Your Application Account

When prompted for the “Sponsors Email Address”, enter:”.

TypeWell is an advanced abbreviated software that allows a transcriber to capture the essence of what is being said in real-time. Upon completion of the spoken content, the user receives a “meaning-for-meaning” transcript. This service has become widely popular in the classroom setting and is a very powerful resource for students to use as study material.

Below is a brief that shows the transcript created by a transcriber in a math class:

TypeWell Demo – Math Class

People who can type a minimum of 60 wpm with no errors and have strong grammar and listening skills make awesome candidates. A person who has a passion for making a difference in someone’s life and also enjoys a variety of different subjects from English, to Sociology, to Engineering and more.

The primary users of TypeWell are those that are Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, have Autism, brain injuries, Cerebral Palsey, Asperger’s, or other disabilities.

TypeWell is widely used in the classroom setting but it doesn’t stop there. It is also used for business meetings, lecture halls, graduations, theatrical performances, conventions, and more.

Once you complete the test, your results are immediately emailed directly to HIS Sign (your sponsor). While we do our best to inform every one of their status, if you do not hear from us within 5 business days after taking your test, it means that you did not pass.

If you do pass, we will notify you right away and request your resume. After reviewing your resume, we will contact you to set up an interview to determine whether or not you are a good fit to join the HIS Sign team.

If you are hired, we will start your training right away. The online training is done remotely and typically takes 9-12 weeks.

Upon completion of your training, you will become a Qualified TypeWell Transcriber. This means that you are ready to provide services in the classroom. Your manager will assign you to a schedule and that schedule typically stays the same for approximately 4 months.

Once assigned a schedule, you will have a variety of classes to cover. You will leave your home in the morning and drive directly to your first class. Most schools will provide you with a parking pass and a designated area to park. Your manager will provide you with details of the campus, parking, and your classroom location. When you arrive to class, you will want to introduce yourself to the professor/teacher. Explain that you are there to provide a service for a particular student(s). Find a place to sit, preferably towards the front of the class so that you can hear the lecture without disturbance. You should also sit close to an electrical outlet so that your laptop can remain charged. Ideally, the school will provide us with your students email address before class begins so that you can arrange to meet him/her prior to the start of the first class. Some students may want to sit close to you, others prefer to sit somewhere else. You can ask the student his/her preference on the device they would like to use as their reader. The reader is what they will view their transcription on. Most students prefer to use their own mobile phone or tablet while some may ask to borrow yours. All transcribers should have a small tablet to allow their students to borrow as their reader while in class in the case that this is their preference. Once class begins, you will begin to transcribe the meaning of the spoken lecture using the tools you learned while in training. While you are transcribing the lecture, your student is following along using their reader. A student who does not voice for himself may type a question in their reader that will show on your laptop. If this happens, you will ask that question to the professor on their behalf and then resume transcribing. At the end of class, you get your reader back from the student (if applicable), and pack up your laptop for the next class. Sometimes your next class will be at the same location, with the same student. There are also times when your next class is at the same location with a different student in a different classroom. Then there are times when your next class is at a different campus altogether. The HIS Sign scheduling staff pays close attention while scheduling their transcribers. They try to keep transcribers close to home when possible and at the same location for as long as possible. Of course, this all depends on which students sign up for which classes. When this is not possible, the scheduling team will always make sure that you are given enough time to drive to another campus, park and get set up. At the end of the day, or even in between breaks throughout the day, you will edit your transcript and email it directly to your student (CC’ing your manager) to use as their study material.

 Lastly, here are two more links that will give you even more knowledge of TypeWell: