An American Editor

May 20, 2011

Worth Noting: So You Think You Are a Proofreader

The Society for Editors and Proofreaders wonders if you are up to a challenge. To dispel the myth that anyone can be a proofreader (or an editor), the Society has specially created a proofreading test. Give it a whirl and see how you do. The test can be found at the Society’s website. Just click the proofreading test link in the “So you think you can proofread?” box. Or you can click this link to go directly to the test. Don’t worry — the results are private and I won’t ask how you did. 🙂


  1. Interesting exercise… I won’t deny that I made more mistakes than I thought I would (and more than I should have)! My only excuse is that I should have taken more care to apply British English conventions, as opposed to those of American English.


    Comment by Darryl Hamson — May 21, 2011 @ 12:20 pm | Reply

  2. Ouch.


    Comment by aliaslaceygreen — May 21, 2011 @ 7:25 pm | Reply

  3. What are some tips for taking a copyediting test? Particularly, a copyediting test for medical journals. Anyone have any thoughts on using other, besides the editing functions in Word, editing software (e.g., StyleWriter)?


    Comment by Mick Spillane — May 22, 2011 @ 10:50 am | Reply

  4. That test was so odd – it asked for substitutions, insertions, and deletions, without specifying whether they were cumulative or simply reinforcing what you’d done in a previous step. Most of us don’t proofread like that – we note the change to be made as one thing, not substitute this word for that AND insert the correct additional letter in the word.

    I had no idea how much obscure knowledge (about British royalty) was considered necessary for being a proofreader. 😉


    Comment by Midianite Manna — May 23, 2012 @ 9:45 am | Reply

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