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    Clickable dictation at various speeds is available at the bottom of this page. The transcript of the dictation appears here as well.

    Once more, this take is shorter than is adequate for testing. Also, the vocabulary is rather easy. So be sure to push for higher-than-normal speeds!

Shorterhand Skills for the Future, Pitman Publishing Corporation, 1974, p 139, 144, and 149
Theory Practice
            You are undoubtedly aware of the fact that our books will be audited some time about the middle of next month.  We have assumed in the past that the books of each branch would always be ready to be audited.  However, this procedure has not worked too well and we shall try to devote some time this year to eliminating the delays that have occurred.
            We should like to indicate, therefore, that instead of following the usual routine of having each branch bring its books up to date in time for the audit, we shall send our accountant down to each branch to make a survey of the books.

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                        We have recently compiled figures showing that the decline in our sales has been due to poor methods of delivery and the inferior quality of goods.  We are preparing all of the evidence to support this belief and we are putting it in a folder which we are planning to send to each of our branch offices.  When you receive your copy of the folder, please attach your signature to it and read especially those chapters that concern you.
            In the center of the report we have put a summary of sales compiled on the basis of the first six months of the year.

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            For the past several years, we have been studying the wisdom of a change in the arrangement of our sales offices throughout the United States.  We have felt that it was an error to have a separate territory for each salesman.  We cannot justify such an arrangement.
            Our current advertising campaign is emphasizing the tendency of many women to desire garments that can be used for many purposes.  This is apparently due to the influence of the woman who owns her home and who may wish to buy many things besides clothing but who is in a fixed salary or income.

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Instructions for Self-Dictation Practice:
    Copy and paste the above article into a word-processing document, using double or triple spacing and 12- or 14-pitch type.
    As always, be sure to check your shorthand dictionary for correct outlines before "drilling"!

Dictation Practice:
    Note that the material was counted and recorded for dictation at 100; all other speeds were copied from the 100 take and electronically adjusted and may therefore sound unusual.

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