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Accuracy can be calculated by the number of errors and/or omitted words divided by the total number of words in the transcript. For example, a 30-minute newscast with breaks/commercials contains approximately 3,500 words. Listed below is the number of errors associated with each accuracy rate:

3,500 words
0 errors
100% accuracy

3,500 words
35 errors
99% accuracy

3,500 words
70 errors
98% accuracy

Accuracy levels are influenced by the following factors:

  • Content (technical vs. non-technical)
  • Speed
  • Accents
  • Audio Quality