Free Audio Drills — Magic Drills Level 2 for Stenography Students


The Magic Drills have always been some of the most popular audio steno drills on Court Reporting Help.

Here is Level 2 of the original free version at speeds from 20 wpm to 240 wpm.

These are speed drills, but they are a special kind of speed drills. They promote clarity and rhythm and teach how to drop. Good rules to follow when you drill are 1) always stay within four words of the speaker, 2) always stroke clear strokes, even if they are not clear enough for your computer to read, 3) always drop the hard words when you have to drop. In Level 2, the last word is hard. You may drop that word, but you should never drop any of the first three words because they are much easier. Learn to drop the hard words.

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80 wpm

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140 wpm

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160 wpm

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180 wpm

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200 wpm

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220 wpm

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240 wpm

Make stenography fun.

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One of the keys to stenography is clarity. If you stroke it, you should get a point for it on your speed tests. Once you have sufficient clarity, then you can work on other things that will boost your speed, such as hesitation, carrying and dropping.

Clarity is the most important though. Perfection isn’t necessary or realistic, but you need high clarity.

Steve Shastay
Steno Rebel

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