GoTranscript Review 2020 – Online Transcription Jobs For Beginners

Last updated on July 17, 2020

GoTranscript Review

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Are you looking for a legitimate online transcription job?

Then you need to check out Read on for the full Gotranscript review.

Is GoTranscript Legit?

GoTranscript (formerly called SpeechtoText) is  a transcription company that was founded in 2005 in Edinburgh (UK). And yes they are legit. 

They are a transcription and translation company boasting of high-end clients such as BBC, Netflix, Bose and more. The company accepts transcribers from all over the world and provides online transcription jobs for beginners.

Related: Transcription Tips For You

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Application Process

To become one of their transcribers, you need to register on their site right here.  They state that you can earn as much as $1215 per month.

They pay up to $0.60 per audio/video minute.

You’ll have to pass an assessment test before you can gain access to live jobs.

Download the guidelines first, and then proceed to take the 14 style guide questions.

After that, you’ll be redirected to transcribe an audio test that is a little under three minutes. 

Once you have completed it, they will get back to you within two weeks, with further instructions on what to do.

Work Process

When choosing a job, you have the option of listening to it first, and you do this by clicking on the video icon that is at the end of every job post. If you feel the job is clear enough for you to work on, click on the Make My Job tab.


You can download the job and work offline using your transcription tool e.g. ExpressScribe or InqScribe. You may also choose to work online using their Transcription Tool (Beta).

GoTranscript’s TAT is awesome!  6 hours for a 10-minute audio file and 60 minutes to 3 hours for a five-minute or less audio. Should you need more time to transcribe, you can click on the ‘Extend Time’ icon.

This is particularly useful for newbies with a typing speed of less than 40 wpm. Their online transcription tool saves your work every 30 seconds and thankfully, most of the basic formatting has been done for you.

It also opens a YouTube file where you can use the closed captions to guide you on what is inaudible/unintelligible.

Related: Scribie transcription job opportunity

Whenever new files are uploaded, transcribers are notified via email.

Another advantage of working at GoTranscript is that you can access the final edited transcript. This helps you to compare your document with the Editor’s, thus improving your efficiency.

This comparison goes a long way in helping you up your accuracy. The edited job can be retrieved under the Finished Jobs tab.

In addition to transcribing, you can also be an Editor – you’ll need to take the editor’s exam – and earn even more.

You must have done at least fifteen transcription jobs and maintained an average rating of 4.5 and above.  Editors are paid between $12 to $50.

On March 2017, they introduced a bonus system for the Top 10 transcribers and editors. It ranges from $1-10 for transcribers and $2-20 for editors.

Just as in other transcription companies, GoTranscript will close your account if you constantly submit low-quality transcripts, regardless of whether you had any money in the account. 

Note that you WILL NOT BE PAID for three recurring jobs that have been rated 3.4 and below. For this reason, choose files that you can comfortably transcribe and endeavor to produce only high-quality transcripts.

Want to top up your transcription income? Join the sites below and make some quick cash!

Vindale Research: Share your unique opinion and get paid for it! Product Developers are willing to pay reviewers between $5 and $75 per completed survey.

Nielsen Mobile App: This app pays you $50 every year just for keeping it installed on your mobile device!

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OneOpinion: A survey site that pays its members between $1-5 per survey. One of the best paying!

PineCone Research: Earn $3 per survey. Get a chance to do product testing as well!

GoTranscript Pay Rates

Gotranscript pays via PayPal and via Payoneer every Friday. (Read this post to apply for your Payoneer card)

Transcribers are only paid after their transcripts have been edited. They can request for payment on the STATS page.

Editors can request payment after submission of work.

Major Complaints From Gotranscript Transcribers

One of the complaints that I’ve heard over and over again, is the poor quality audio that transcribers have to grapple with.

To deal with that challenge,  I compiled a list of tools that help transcribers clear up average to poor audio quality.

Now, are you wondering if GT will be a good fit for you? If you’ve got good English, listening and typing skills, go ahead and sign up!

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  • I have been working there for sometime now. The audios are good to work with but the editors are so unfair at times. I keep on writing to the admin who has to review the work due to the unfair rating. Otherwise it’s a good site especially for beginners.

    • Editors, in transcription and writing sites, have made many a freelancer pull their hair out 🙂 But I believe the GT admin is very responsive. And I also know you’ve made good progress at GT, Hellen. Keep it up and thanks for sharing.

      • Hi Sheeroh. So I signed up yesterday and I was accepted in just 2 hours. I was jumping while going to bed. I even got to do my first work yesterday and the second today. I am so excited. I didn’t know transcribing could be this fun. Although I have to admit the audio files have a lot of inaudible parts that use up a lot of my time…

          • Hi Mark. My experience is great so far. They make payments on time but the editors are driving me crazy sometimes aaargh!

  • Hi Sheeroh,
    Thank you the article. A couple of my friends have been working there and apart from the familiar complains one gets from most transcription jobs, they say it’s a good site to work at.

  • Hi sheeroh thanks for the insights. I already opened an account and I’ve been working with GT for sometime. I also had an issue with the editors but contacted Peter trebek and got sorted out. With a rating of 4, I hope to improve on that. Thanks once again.

  • Hi Sheero,

    I think it’s great of you to inform us about Go transcript. Great job.

    What about the workload? Is there ‘enough’ work to go around?

  • I just registered with gotranscript . I hope to have a good time working with them. I had a chat with their agent and they confirmed they also pay through payoneer. Please I really want to be sure because I can’t receive payment through PayPal. Could you also help me with websites that pay with payoneer or skrill apart from upwork and peopleperhour?

    • Hello Lily, Paypal is really the mother when it comes to online payments. Many sites have not yet adopted Payoneer as a payment method.

      • Please help out I can’t seem to get any luck applying for a gt account I have tried more than 5 times no results please help out can I buy an account

        • Hey Stanley. I do not encourage buying of accounts. It’s just a black hat tactic that doesn’t help the account buyer and in fact harms rather than helps, the entire industry. Consider getting some training. A trainer will hold your hand and show you what you need to do to pass the entry tests.

  • Hi Sheeroh,
    Thanks for sharing this here.
    I think I’ll stick with Upwork for a while as I gain experience before I sign up.

    • Gotranscript is quite newbie friendly. I recommend that you sign up with it too, even as you work on Upwork. It is wise to have your eggs in several baskets 🙂

  • Hi Sheeroh,

    I am back. So I signed up with gotranscript about a week a go, and so far I’m loving the experience. I think now would be the best time to tackle the Transcribeme exam, after failing several times.

    Thank you for holding our hands as newbies.

    Ps Is your course still on going. I’d like to sign up.

  • Hi sheeroh , so I read your article and signed up about three weeks ago, and today I passed and was upgraded to editor status, I’m so excited, this has paid my fees and rent and has really done a lot for my language skills. Thanks for introducing my to the best job in the world.

  • Are the jobs for the editors kinda like the ones for transcriptionists too? You mentioned you get paid between $12-$50 is that for a 10 min audio chunk? I’m interested in finding out what being an editor is like.

    • Hey Ryan,

      Editors go through the transcripts and correct grammar, punctuation, spelling and style guide mistakes. Editors are paid from 14USD to 40USD per audio/video hour depending on the audio quality and how fast the transcript is needed.

  • Hello Sheeroh,

    Thanks for sharing the informative post. I’m interested in venturing into transcription. However, what is the typical wait time before GoTranscript editors review a transcriber’s work? Thanx.

    • Hi Sheeroh,

      Hope you can help with my earlier question. I’m just concerned whether GoTranscript editors take ages to edit work and transcribers end up waiting too long to get paid. Please shed some light based on your experience working on the website. Thank you.

      • Hey Paul. I prefer Upwork and working with direct clients so I rarely visit GT. But yes, the editors can take as long as a week to edit work, especially when there’s a lot of work and few editors.

      • I’m a beginner at Gotranscript (today is my third day) and I just finished my sixth job a few minutes ago. My first job was rated in less that 24 hours and while I was waiting for that, I took on another job. I think its best to take a job (given your availability), even when the rating for your older jobs have not yet given so you will not waste your time waiting. they will be rated anyway. 😉 just keep the job coming.

        • Hi! May I ask how long you had to wait for the application approval? I know they say it can take up to 30 days but I’ve read it could take longer.

        • i have the same question. I had my application last may 11 and it’s about 2 weeks from that day. thanks

  • Good day!

    I just heard about GT the other day and finished my transcription sample the same day. The audio was pretty clear for most parts but there were probably a couple of phrases I didn’t get much so I ended up giving my best guess. I’m still waiting for a response and I really hope it will be positive. In the even though, that I don’t get accepted, how long would it take for me to reapply? I really want this job and will do anything to get it!

    • Hi Alpha, I also want this job so bad. I’ve been answering their Test job for transcriber since yesterday, but I’m not moving to the next test because it keeps saying I have wrong answer. I can’t figure out which answer is wrong 🙁 I can’t 100% the quiz 🙁 Hope you can help me.

      • Hi Queenie, All the answers are in the style guide. You need to read it very keenly and you can even write the answers down to help you figure out where you are going wrong.

          • try to answer different answers and marked on your notepad what answers you already tried, so that you can sure find the best answer…i have done this and it make me move to the next level where i can now do the next test job. good luck…you can also check youtube videos where they show how to pass the first test job in GT. You can do it..:)

  • Hi,

    I just would like to ask cause i’m already done transcribing and the editors already rated me, when i clicked my stats page it says $4.33 for the amount and the “status” of it is “unpaid” what does that mean? am i going to be paid for it? or no?

    • Hi Blake. Gotranscript always pays it’s transcribers, unless the work has been rejected. Hope that helps.

    • Hi Blake.
      For gotranscript unpaid simply means you have earned the cash but you have to wait untill Friday to withdraw it. When it reaches Friday the unpaid sign will change to a ‘request payment’ button. That is when you withdraw your money to PayPal.
      Hope this helps.

  • How much a new bee can earn as a beginner from gt. Like if someone is regular for 4 hours in a day and doing projects

  • Hi Sheeroh. I got accepted at GT sometime late 2016.
    At the time I took my acceptance exam, I realized that you could not transcribe offline, you had to use their online transcription tool. I had downloaded the audio file and transcribed it with my own transcription software. When I tried to copy the finished transcript for submission, it wasn’t possible. I then contacted admin, and had to retake the exam using their online tool.
    Has this changed since or can one now type offline and paste their work for submission?

  • I think my audio test has a problem. I keep on getting declined and when I re-take the test it’s pretty much the same audio file over and over again.
    Please reply thank you.

  • The thing i can’t understand till now is why I am getting rejected everytime. i am doing the thing so keenly and with the guidelines rules. Is there any other format for doing the job, and is so where can i get that help? I really need a solution.

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