A word of caution when it comes to the changing of transcript/notes grading. I know it can seem like a good idea, but it will hurt you in the long run to not have your notes graded to a standard of 95%. Lowering the transcript grade to 95% will also be more detrimental than beneficial. It lowers your own personal standards for what is acceptable and what is not.
In a standard deposition (QA), there are about 150 words per page. If you were taught to write and pass tests at 95%, a standard depo page would have 7 to 8 errors.
7 to 8 errors PER PAGE!!!! That could be drops, writing "left" instead of "right", etc. That is completely unnacceptable in the real world. 97.5% is 3 errors, which is still too many for a professional record.
But it would be a lot easier to write at 97.5% throughout school and then clean up those 3 errors while working than it would be to have to clean up 7 or 8 while working.
Your standard should be very high. Forget passing tests as your priority. Your priority should be clean writing and clean transcripts. 95% is simply unacceptable.
Sure, you might pass some tests a little quicker, but court reporting school is not about instant gratification. It's about working towards perfection or as close as you can get it. It's about your long-term goal. No one wants an inaccurate reporter.
Just think about that before you hand in tests below the 97.5% standard. Don't lower the bar for yourself. Raise it.