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Test dictations are often bogus and not true voice files from the company. Need to ask. nm

Posted By: Wanderer on 2006-01-24
In Reply to: Maybe I just got lucky, but has anyone else tested lately? - Looking


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Usually a spelling test, a punctuation test, and maybe 3-6 test files to do. Sometimes done using
There were post on another board about test dictations violating HIPAA regs. sm
Some people seemed to think they were using actual dictations, with actual patient info, in their test dictations.  I would leave them alone, way alone.
I didn't think their voice files were of
good quality, lots of difficult dictators, and they are now offshoring.  MTSO said that files were surprisingly good.  I had to QA the entire report and basically retype most of it because reports were not surprisingly good.    MTSO was nice and up front about offshoring though. 
Yes, typed 3 voice files
The recruiter gave me three voice files and I had two hours to return them.  Not bad, one was kind of hard.  You only have to fill in the blanks, not transcribe the entire report.  Just like doing an edit.  From the time I applied on-line, got a call from the recruiter and tested and then offered a position was less than two days.  They sent me an equipment package and paperwork, I trained and now I am working my way through the three week full QA process.  Nice people so far, I am very happy with Medware.
Unless you have another way to play your voice files, use
Voice files disappering act

I am a former Transcend employee. 

I do hope all current and future employees have better luck than I did.

When I would ask about  lack ofwork I was told sometimes it was necessary to be flexible so I tried working at night. 

The platform I worked on had a queu wih all t jobs and you had to take in  that order.

At 10 PM there would be upwards of 100 jobs in the queu.

Then mysteriously they would vanish.  It was interesting that if, and I do mean IF, there any jobs were left they would be  ESLs or impossible dictators . 

There was no way they were not sent somewhere---- the average worker would be unable to sort the good from the bad dictators because the jobs had to be downloaded in order. 


As I said, I wish anyone with them good luck.  Some people must have had good luck.  I did not.  My team lead left shortly after Trancend aquired the company I was with.....mabye things would have been different if she had stayed. 

Two page of testing, ten voice files Med and Rad sm
for 8 cpl? No way. Thanks again.
Maybe they forgot to attach the voice files?
You usually get sent the tranny part as voice files and you'd do them in that particular
It is Chartscript. You can use WP5.1 or Word. Voice files
are DVI. 
Voice files that was sent to me were of totally awful quality!! sm
Would not touch it with a 10 foot pole and I have lots of years of experience.
Or the voice files may already be there "somewhere" for you to click on and play and you
Maybe a problem with voice files downloading like yesterday. nm

DOn't feel alone, I couldn't hear voice files and (sm)
thought there was a problem again, then realized I was using the wrong foot pedal. Double Duh for me this morning.
Are there any companies that I would download voice files and then send back but would be able to
transcribe on the move so I can travel but not use all my vacation time?  I wish I had paid attention earlier this year..but I didn't know I'd ever be in the position to need to do this.
they email you some voice files to type and send back
I'd have to agree with the testing of 6 voice files. Turned me off. Who has time to spend doing a
of those tests... I need a job not a day of testing.
No experience because I couldnt even take the transcription tests. The voice files would not play.
How about you? I was bummed. I was really interested in the job but I tried everything to get the voice files to play but they wouldnt. Oh well, I guess if it were meant to be, then I would have been able to take the test.
Any place to get free practice voice files or does anyone offer testing that could be accessed w/o
That's the company's bogus answer
I work every Saturday 10a-2p and come back and do 10p-2a. On Sundays, I usually do a fairly similar schedule. I have primary responsibility for two hospital accounts, one a very large teaching hospital and the other a mid-size community hospital. I could count one hand the number of STATs I get from both hospitals either day, and even that would be a really busy STAT day for the pair. For whatever reason, you want to buy into management's BS, but the only person you're fooling is yourself.
In addition to that I wonder if test files
are not a way to get some transcription done.  Some of the testing is so long.  I've had where the company will send practically a whole day's worth of work for testing purposes.  
I downloaded two test files from sm
CTS and they were they worst dictator! So fast and I couldn't get the speed right (too fast or too slow). I figured they must have sent the two worst files they had. I asked 2 or 3 questions and each time I would ask a question, the person would tell me they didn't know. Simple questions they should know and if they don't, I sure as heck dont. I decided not to even finish the files and send them back.....the poster about not getting paid was the clincher for me though!
They expect you to transcribe 10 files for a test and
the test.  Then, she contacted me and said I failed, but I'd say probably 8/10 of the files were ESL.  Very unprofessional e-mail contact.  The recruiter was not the actual owner, but the co-owner, and boy did it show.  She made me retake the test stating Okay, now let's try this again, but with no explanation.  I had to wait days in between communications, so I told her she was unprofessional, and she got real snippy and high on her horse.  If I was looking for a change, I certainly would not consider TSSC, as I found them to be very unprofessional. 
Did you see that they want 9 test files done??!! And they advertise as a Global
I received the test files Sunday
The dictator is extremely fast and mumbles. Not worth it in my opinion. I emailed her back and politely declined after listening to the files.
Yes, I second the motion on everything the other poster. Bad test files and reputation
for no pay. I know there was a controversy on here way back about her not paying or something. I cant remember it all but it did not sound good.
If you fax a resume and/or test files do you follow with an email the next day?

Just curious what others do.

Is the sound clarity as bad as it is in the test files? Lots of static
on NewMT board, recent discussion about 17 test files for
no more voice file test
just a written from what I understand, lots of complaints about the quality of their test files so they 'shelved' it. I'm happy there, takes 2 weeks to get started, I don't think they make you take a physical any more, but still the background check which is almost standard now due to identify theft - - but the supervisor is good, flexibility when you need it. I'm happy, they work for me.
Yippee - I finally got a call back and did the test files last night
I hate sent another email and even called, but she was out of office. When recruiter sent the test files, she apologized for being out of touch and even thanked me for my persistence.

By the way, I was not talking about Medscribe at all. It is a totally different company.

Wish me luck!
15 minutes after sending my test files I was told she had already selected another applicant.nm
Not necessarily true. That is not a true test of skill.
Do you know how many people get others to take tests for them? It happens and it happens more often than you might think. The only skill that shows anyway is that you can do it.

We are actually more than a transcriptionist. We are specialists in our field and we are supposed to know some things regarding anatomy and physiology as a working base. That's how we can judge if a physician dictates something in accurately and many do because they can't pronounce or just are not thinking. That's why our skills of basic knowledge come into play and that means basic knowledge of body parts. If our job was just to sit there and type without thinking about what we are transcribing, then all patients are in trouble and this is just based on what I see as a QA person.

It's more than just knowing how to transcribe and some of the companies have discovered how to know what your basic knowledge is based on what you have picked up with your experience by utilizing your references etc. Hopefully that utilization of your references has taught you something that does stick in your head.

Beliefs like yours are just so far off base. You have to know what you are doing. It's not just about being able to listen and type. Base knowledge is a very important thing and the services have to find a way to know that knowledge base that is there in your head.

After all these years, if I use Media Player, I just have my test outline ready and play the voice
I took a test for a company and my foot pedal would work with the test and I had keep going back
over the dictation time and again to get all the words because I couldnt stop and start it by the foot pedal.  What can I do about this.
There is no written test. Must have been a different company. I took their ortho test sm
and it was easy. You had to know your terminology but it was easy to understand AND I used my foot pedal.
Glad that's true for you for 8 years. Not true for many. I love the company, but I do run out of
as do many others. Wish I were as fortunate as you.
Voice Systems (this is a company)

does any company NOT do voice or speech rec?
company named Voice Systems
What does anyone know about a company in Georgia named Voice Systems?  Are they a good company to work for?  Do they pay well?  Thanks very much.
I trained the voice recog at a company
Was running perfect for a while and then it all went to heck in a handbag. Took more time to transcribe an ASR then for me to retype the entire report especially since all my docs were macro'd. I believe they tried it overseas left the filter on and it got all messed up and I think they will continue until this particular company has all editors and will be making appx 7.50 an hour, that is what an ex-supervisor from there told me. Needless to say I moved on.
Info on company Voice Systems in Georgia -- Anyone?
Have an offer to work with this company, must purchase DropChute for $200.  Anyone ever heard of them?
May be she's getting 100% ESL dictations
You sound like someone receiving the remaining 25% of the non-ESL dictations on the 75% ESL accounts.

There is a possibility that on the 75% ESL accounts, she is getting all the 75% of the ESL dictations (courtesy of the special-assigning of jobs department), which makes her ESL percentage 100%. Ever thought of that?

QA Bogus
I don't know what company you work for, but I work doing QA for 2 different companies and each of them bases the 98% accurancy on 500 lines of transcription, not by report.  Then depending on the error it is rating anywhere between 0.25 deduction and a 3 point deduction depending on where it falls in affecting patient care.  If your company is basing it on report rather than lines, maybe, just maybe, you are working for the wrong company.
What's bogus?
They most certainly do offshore. And aren't shy about admitting it (though if the actual amount they admit to is correct is anybody's guess).

http://www.ajc.com/business/content/business/stories/2008/05/25/ga100transcend.html (and clickable link below)
Poor dictations
Many companies seem to be going to voice recognition. The only reports they have to send to us, then, are the poor dictators, the ESL's, etc. Time for a new career.
It's known as electronic cherry-picking by the Leads .. as the company claims not to outsource work.  There have been 1 or 2 who are very adept at this.  After 3 years with the company, I know generally the makeup, percentage-wise, of good, mediocre, ESL and dictators who just plain s**ck.  So when I get almost a whole shift of crap that takes me 3 times longer to produce, well, figure it out.  There is 1 lead in particular who likes to pick out the good dictators right out of my queue and replace them with garbage.  I have actually called her attention to this on more than 1 occasion.  I'm no tattletale, but this is my living, and my next e-mail will be cc'd to mgmt and all the Suits I can think of.  The Leads are literally taking food out of our childrens' mouths.  
That is a flat out bogus lie.
First, they don't have to give ANY reason and can let you go -- it's called employment-at-will and it's how virtually every state in this union operates.

Second, working "off the clock" is NOT FREE LABOR for MQ. They are still paying you. You simply are not eligible to receive benefits. You also have advantages such as not having to follow any certain schedule and not having to work any certain number of hours...only a line count minimum to make per payperiod. There are pros and cons of both.

While both types of positions work in conjunction with one another to help MQ function, it is the employee position (NOT the SE positions) that give them their greatest strength.

Get over your rotten attitude and stop spreading lies.
It'd be a different story if the CMT were not a bogus,
fake 'credential' dreamt up by a coupla women with a get-rich-scheme in mind, not the betterment of the MT industry. It a CMT were worth getting, that's one thing. But it's not, and the money people are paying this organization to send them phoney 'certification' initials is going right into siphoning American work out of America and straight to other countries. And that has served only to make it nearly impossible to make a decent living as an MT in America anymore. If you think that's cool, then by all means, give 'em your hard-earned money and have at it. But do so knowing you're contributing to what will ultimately be the end of this profession in America if AHDI/AAMT isn't thoroughly investigated, and preferably stopped.
QA is bogus -just hear me out
I have a huge beef with the entire MT industry and here it is. You are basically saying that you have to have 98% QA right? But do you know how this works? It is not actually 98% It is 1 point or 2 points or whatever for a report. This can be 10 lines or 1000 lines. Of course the longer the report, the more chance you will make an error. If this were any other business, the workers would not put up with this type of QA but for some reason MTs do not notice how unfair this is. If QA wants to fail you, all they have to do is give you long reports.If they want to pass you easily, just give you short reports and tell you ahead of time you will be in QA that week - so be careful. Thanks for letting me get this out of my system. It is a cruddy way to QA folks and we should not put up with it -- but --- we do.
Anyone knows phone # starting with 555 is bogus
Give me a break. This is used in both movies, commercials and the like.