Study Resources for Editing Essentials

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The Editors Canada Editing Essentials qualification is proof of your ability to work as an editor, earned through a test that assesses your knowledge of the basics of editing. The test is designed for entry-level editors and evaluates basic competence in the areas of structural editing, stylistic editing, copy editing and proofreading. 

If you’re thinking about taking this online test (visit the registration web page when you’re ready), you may be wondering where to start preparing. On this page we’ve provided some study resources, along with a couple of sample questions to help you practise.

Study resources

Note that some of the resources provided below are geared toward preparing for the Editors Canada or other organizations’ certification programs, but it won’t hurt to use any of them when preparing for Editing Essentials.

Sample questions

In the Editing Essentials test, all questions are in multiple-choice and matching format. Here are examples of questions you might encounter during the test. The correct answers follow (don’t peek!).

1. Which of the following statements is punctuated correctly?

a. I like many of Margaret Atwood’s books, for example, The Handmaid’s Tale is a great read.
b. I like many of Margaret Atwood’s books; for example, The Handmaid’s Tale is a great read.
c. I like many of Margaret Atwood’s books for example, The Handmaid’s Tale is a great read.
d. I like many of Margaret Atwood’s books, for example The Handmaid’s Tale is a great read.

2. I love music. It’s always had a massive affect on me.

What is incorrect in the given sentence?

a. Pronoun
b. Apostrophe
c. Usage
d. Punctuation

3. Match the sentences with the errors they contain.

a. I’m so insulted; only the neighbour gave me $1 to shovel her whole sidewalk.Agreement error
b. Leading the meeting today is Joe and Mike.Ambiguous sentence
c. One morning I shot an elephant wearing my pyjamas.Misplaced modifier

Correct answers

  1. b
  2. c
  3. a. Misplaced modifier (should be: “I’m so insulted; the neighbour gave me only $1 to shovel her whole sidewalk.”)
    b. Agreement error (should be: “Leading the meeting today are Joe and Mike.”)
    c. Ambiguous sentence (Am I or the elephant wearing those pyjamas? Better would be: “One morning, wearing my pyjamas, I shot an elephant.”)
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