Required Qualifications for Medical Secretary/Transcriptionist Positions

  • Formal medical transcription training or equivalent medical transcription experience
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Well-developed English grammar, punctuation, and usage skills
  • Successful completion of Mayo Clinic's entry-level medical transcription test

The Medical Transcription Test

  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Equipment: computer
  • Word processing software: Microsoft Word

    The 40-minute time period includes proofing time but does not include printout time.

Test Material

  • Transcribe from tape (test tapes include medical letters/history notes)
  • Volume requirement: instructions given to applicant at time of testing
  • Number of errors allowed: 5
  • References provided:
    • Dorland's Medical Dictionary
    • Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary
    • Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR)
    • Word Book in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
    • Pharmaceutical Word Book
    • Medical Phrase Index
    • The Gregg Reference Manual
    • AAMT Book of Style
  • Applicant may bring references, word lists, earphones, etc.
  • May use spell-check feature
  • Test results will be reviewed with applicant immediately with retest if necessary
  • Possible offer of interview follows if test is completed satisfactorily