Transcription Editing Levels

Request a Transcription QuoteWe offer transcription at the following levels:

Level 1 – Fully Edited

Our transcriber will transcribe the main parts of each sentence:

I am a nurse, working part time on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. My hours of work are 9am-5pm with an hour off for lunch. I report to Doctor Jones and am a member of a team of six nurse practitioners.

Level 2 – Light Edited

Edited for readability and clarity:

I am a nurse, working, you know, part time on, now when is it, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. My hours of work are 9am-5pm with an hour off for lunch, like. I report to Doctor Jones , and what else oh yes, and I’m a member of a team of six nurse practitioners.

Level 3 – Intelligent Verbatim

Certain elements are omitted if they add no meaning to the script. In this example, verbal tics are retained to emphasise hesitant speech:

I’m a nurse, working, you know, part time on, now when is it, erm… Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. My hours of work are 9am-5pm with an hour off for lunch. I report to erm Doctor Jones, and what else oh yes, and I’m a member of a team of six nurse practitioners, there we go.

Level 4 – Complete Transcription (also called ‘true verbatim’)

Every cough, stutter and false start is transcribed as uttered:

okeydokey (cough) I’m a nnn…nurse, working, you know, er, part time on, now when is it, erm… Wednesdays, Thurs..Thursdays and Saturdays like. Erm my hours of work are 9am-5pm with an hour off for lunch, you know, like. Erm I report to erm (pause) Doctor Jones erm, and what else oh yes, and I’m a member of a team of six nurse pract..practitioners, there we go.

Level – 5 Discourse Analysis

Additional inclusion of specified features, such as hesitation, tone pitch or emotion:

okeydokey (cough) I’m a nnn…nurse (….), working, you know, er, part time (..) on, now when is it, erm… Wednesdays, Thurs..Thursdays and Saturdays like. Erm my hours of work are {softly} 9am-5pm with an hour off for lunch, you know, like. Erm I report to erm (…..) Doctor Jones erm, and what else oh yes, and I’m a member of a team of six nurse pract..practitioners, {loudly} there we go.

Why is the Level of Transcription important?

Each increasing level takes longer to transcribe. Levels 1-2 are straightforward and are covered by our standard prices. Level 3 can fall within this range, but sometimes we increase it for technical transcription work.

Levels 4 and 5 all require considerably longer to transcribe. As a rule of thumb, Level 5 is about twice as much work as Level 1-2. We can also provide a basic version of Jeffersonian transcription if required.

Think very carefully before ordering Levels 4 and 5 or Jeffersonian transcription – unless you are using the transcription to analyse speech patterns, it is rarely required.

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