Registration is now open for EAC's 2013 Certification tests in Copy Editing and Stylistic Editing. Have you been thinking about becoming certified but don't know what to expect?
If you're on the fence—or if you have registered but don't know how to get started—EAC's Certification Study Guides give you a great place to begin. They help you gauge your skills, gain insight into the tests' expectations, practise good study habits, and identify your strengths and where you need to improve.
Knowing you're ready
First, you need at least five years of solid work experience across a range of media and materials. Then, to find out how you might do on this year's certification tests, try these practice questions. You'll find many more, plus sample passages to edit, in the Copy Editing and Stylistic Editing Study Guides. Grab your favourite editing tool, assess your knowledge, and get a preview of the actual tests.
Copy edit this passage for a Canadian publication that uses the metric system. Use standard editing marks.
The main part of a tunnel-boring machine is about 55 feet long and 25 feet in diameter. In a day, an average tunnel crew can mine 50 to 60 feet.
Answer: The main part of a tunnel-boring machine is about 16.5 metres long and 7.5 metres in diameter. In a day, an average tunnel crew can mine 15 to 18 metres.
1. Which of the following is not the job of a stylistic editor?
(a) Reorder sentences within a paragraph.
(b) Improve sentence construction.
(c) Ensure smooth transitions between paragraphs.
(d) Reorder paragraphs within a piece to improve flow.
Issued by the national office on behalf of the EAC Certification Steering Committee.