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Proofreader’s Pretest

Proofreader’s Pretest

OK proofreaders, let’s get started! What better place to begin than with a pretest. Take a few minutes to answer the following ten questions, which are representative of the areas that we’ll cover in Powerful Proofreading Skills. When you’re finished, you’ll find the answers on pages 79–80. Good luck!

1: _______ is the correct proofreaders’ mark to indicate “delete copy.”

a. = b. c. d.

A: b is the correct proofreaders’ mark to indicate “delete copy.”

a. = b. c. d.

2: _______ is the correct proofreaders’ mark to indicate “capitalize.”

a. = b. c. d.

A: a is the correct proofreaders’ mark to indicate “capitalize.”

a. = b. c. d.

3: Underline the letters that should be capitalized in the following sentences:

the repair person flew in from the west coast to repair our xerox copier.

susan james, director of the new york theatre company, addressed the cast of the phantom of the opera.

A: Underline the letters that should be capitalized in the following sentences:

4: Correctly punctuate the following sentences:

Mr Lewis was late to the meeting he was on a conference call with an important client

Ms Solomonson said Grace I want you to meet with the doctors from San Francisco Austin Denver Chicago and Boston on September 22 1995

A: Correctly punctuate the following sentences:

5: Please circle all misspelled words in the following sentences:

We recieved the goverment questionaire and immediately returned it.

The unanamous decision was delivered at the begining of the meeting by the marketing commitee.

Our third quarter calender will accomodate your scheduleing needs immediatly.

A: Please circle all misspelled words in the following sentences:

6: Please circle the correct word from each pair in the following sentences:

There seems to be a conflict (among, between) sales and marketing.

The (perspective, prospective) clients will fly in tomorrow to meet with our customer service representatives.

The computer training will (precede, proceed) the actual installation of the Macintosh equipment.

A: Please circle the correct word from each pair in the following sentences:

There seems to be a conflict (among, ) sales and marketing.

The (perspective, ) clients will fly in tomorrow to meet with our customer service representives.

The computer training will ( , proceed) the actual installation of the Macintosh equipment.

7: True or False: It is very difficult to use a partner when you are proofreading; it is best to proofread on your own.
A: False: It can be very useful to proofread with a partner.
8: True or False: One proofreading strategy—distance yourself—means to hold your hard copy an arm’s length away from you while you proofread it.
A: False: To distance yourself means to let some time go by after you write a document so that you can see errors more easily.
9: Which sentence is correct? Underline either a or b.

a. The company will distribute its annual report tomorrow.

b. The company will distribute their annual report tomorrow.

a. Either the computer or the typewriter are to be moved to the adjoining office.

b. Either the computer or the typewriter is to be moved to the adjoining office.

a. The box containing all the office supplies is stored in the spare room.

b. The box containing all the office supplies are stored in the spare room.

A: Which sentence is correct? Underline either a or b.

a. The company will distribute its annual report tomorrow.

b. The company will distribute their annual report tomorrow.

a. Either the computer or the typewriter are to be moved to the adjoining office.

b. Either the computer or the typewiter is to be moved to the adjoining office.

a. The box containing all the office supplies is stored in the spare room.

b. The box containing all the office supplies are stored in the spare room.

10: Please list five ways to overcome the tedium (pain!) of proofreading long documents.

a.

b.

c.

d.

e.

A: Please list five ways to overcome the tedium (pain!) of proofreading long documents.

a. Take breaks.

b. Rest your eyes every 10 to 15 minutes.

c. Proofread with a partner.

d. Change your pace and/or environment.

e. Eat lightly throughout the day.



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