I worked as a court reporter for ten years before I finally broke down and took the Registered Professional Reporter exam. I was lucky to live in Florida, one of only about 20 states that don't require the certificate to be a stenographer, so I hadn't needed to take the test before I started reporting.
I wanted to become an RPR because I believe in being the best in my career. But the thought of speed tests freaked me out. How could I ever pass, let alone pass on my first try?
Well, pass on my first try I did, and I learned that my ability to pass or fail the RPR began long before test day.