Here is a fun exercise when introducing proof reading to your students. The quiz is short with only 30 mistakes. I actually think that some of the sentence constructions were wordy, awkward or just plain ugly – but that is not the point of the test. I also didn’t like the one trick question about the First or Second World War, which is more about fact checking than grammar.
But with a couple of quick tweaks, this quiz could be fun for testing editors before proofing pages.
I scored only 80 percent, but an 83 if you don’t count the WWI question. That is why we try to proof our pages three times.
Note: Thanks again to Andy Dickinson, if you don’t read his blog – you should.