The UK Shorthand test contains questions that examine the test taker's most basic knowledge of shorthand. The topical areas covered are: Shorthand Alphabet Knowledge: Examines the test taker's knowledge of shorthand sounds which are the building blocks of the shorthand language. Abbreviated Shorthand Outline Symbol Knowledge: Examines the test taker's knowledge of abbreviated shorthand words. Building Real Speed – Linking Words: To build real speed in shorthand, not only is knowledge of commonly abbreviated words required, but how to link words, especially common phrases. This part of the test examines the test taker's knowledge of how to link words. Transcribing – Reading and Comprehension: Examines the test taker's ability to transcribe and comprehend short passages.