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How sharp are your editing skills?

Take the 2015 certification exams this fall, and show the world that you're at the top of your game.

Exam date: Saturday, November 14
Exams offered: Copy editing and stylistic editing
Locations: Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax

Registration for the 2015 certification exams is now open. The proofreading and structural editing exams will be offered again in 2016.

Are you ready?

Answer this sample stylistic editing question:

Which of the following is not the job of a stylistic editor?
(a) Reorder sentences within a paragraph.
(b) Reorder paragraphs within a piece to improve flow.
(c) Improve sentence construction.
(d) Ensure smooth transitions between paragraphs.

Answer

Fine-tune your skills

Preparing for the certification exams is an excellent way to identify your strengths and any areas for improvement. Editors Canada provides excellent tools to help you get ready for writing the tests.

Meeting Professional Editorial Standards"Given the breadth of the editing field, I wasn't sure what to expect when I registered to take my first certification exam," says Jeanne McKane, CPE. "Meeting Professional Editorial Standards and the study guides turned out to be amazing resources."

Meeting Professional Editorial Standards contains exercises and solutions for the four disciplines tested in the certification program. Each study guide includes a practice test with answer keys and study tips.

"They reinforced my confidence, and really helped me prepare for the types of questions I'd be facing," Jeanne says.

You can order these resources online. Don't delay! Get your copies and start studying.

Make this the year you add your name to the growing roster of certified editors.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Answer

b) Reorder paragraphs within a piece to improve flow.