Can You Pass a Proofreader Test?

EDUCATION

Amanda Monell

5 Min Quiz

What type of punctuation is usually put at the end of a declarative sentence?

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When sending out texts, how often do you use text speak?

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What type of punctuation is used at the end of an interrogative sentence?

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Do you have any style books in your home?

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What kind of punctuation is used at the end of an exclamatory sentence?

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How do you feel about the word thru?

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When would you use a colon?

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If proofreading a hard copy document, what is the proofreading symbol for capitalizing a letter?

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Do you have a keen eye for detail?

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If you're out and see a sign with a grammatical error, what do you do?

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When proofreading a hard copy document, how would you let the writer know they've misspelled a word?

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Traditionally speaking, what color ink is used when proofreading a hard copy document?

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When proofreading a hard copy document, how would you tell the writer that they needed to add a period at the end of their sentence?

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Which of these sentences shows the correct method of listing items?

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Out of the words below, which one depicts the proper punctuation for a singular possessive noun?

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Out of the words below, which one depicts the proper punctuation for a plural possessive noun?

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Do your colleagues often ask you to look over presentations?

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How many books do you have in your library?

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What job would be your dream job?

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Of the sentences below, which one depicts the proper use of a parenthetical phrase?

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Do you have a favorite pen?

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Have you ever written a run-on sentence?

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Which of these items would you capitalize?

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When you watch a movie, do you often get annoyed with plot holes and inconsistencies?

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Which movie about writing is your favorite?

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Do you use grammar check or spell check while proofreading a document?

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When speaking with others, do you find yourself correcting them if they are grammatically incorrect?

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How often is your proofreader's eye on?

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While in school, were you approached by others to write papers?

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Do you prefer to proofread electronic texts or hard copy texts?

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About This Quiz

For most of us, learning to proofread documents began in elementary school. In conjunction with a language arts program, we learned how to punctuate sentences while learning the different types of words accurately. Homework assignments included simple proofreading exercises where punctuation marks were either present or absent and spots where words were misspelled. Just like mathematics, grammar and language arts weren't for everyone. If you were to continue your education in language arts, there was the next task: the pesky diagramming of sentences.  

Once you realized you had a gift for proofreading, did you choose to let others know? Some of us like to keep this talent under our hats so as to not draw attention, while others will tell everyone and anyone where they should have put an apostrophe or how to spell a word correctly. Either way, you have a skill that very few others have and should cherish it in the years to come. So, the question we have is this. Do you think you can pass our proofreading quiz?  Sharpen your red pencils, get your reading glasses on, and let your inner proofreader out to play!  Just don't grimace too much or double guess yourself!

Find out where your proofreading prowess falls in this personality quiz!

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