Gregg standardized on 1.4 syllables equaling one word. The Pitman people, as court reporters still do today, say one word is one word. Therefore, electricity (five syllables) will count just as much as the (one syllable). I don’t think either method is better; they’re just different. You should be aware of how your dictation was counted to get maximum practice results. Certainly, if you’re going to count and record your own material for practice, the one word/one word is easier. When you’re counting up your errors, regardless of how the material was counted, missing the word electricity is one error, just as missing the is one error.
This is from the Teachers Speed Studies, and so it indicates the 20 standard words for that dictation, so if you have material with different set of standard words for dictation, you can just replace it with that. Most dictation is given in Gregg has been 20 standard words.
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