FAQs: Basic editorial test
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The basic editorial test lasts one hour. Once you start the clock, you cannot pause or stop it, though you can go back to check or change your answers within the 60 minutes.
The basic test has a pass mark of 75% and the advanced test pass mark is 80%. Pass certificates will show the actual mark gained.
You get the result immediately – you can print it out and you can then also see what you got right or wrong.
Depending on your score, you will gain points for continuing professional development:
- 95–100% is worth 12 points
- 90–94% is worth 11
- 85–89% is worth 10
- 80–84% is worth 9
- 75–79% is worth 8
- 0–74% does not gain points
The test has been successfully completed on PC, laptop and iPad, but a smartphone is not suitable.
Yes: it has to be hard enough to mean something. But we don't want you to fail. If you know your stuff, the timing is not tight.
You need to be familiar with the material in the syllabus and typical practice in UK publishing. You need not study all the sources in the syllabus nor any one of them in its entirety. For example, you must be familiar with the code of practice but you need know only the parts that are relevant to you.
Perhaps you've never yet needed that, but you may do. Clients are entitled to assume that our members are fully competent in basic editorial work. SfEP can't say 'All our members are fully competent – oh, except some of them can't do tables' … illustrations, footnotes, quotations, references, proofreading marks or whatever your blind spot is.
There is nothing to stop you looking things up during the test, but if you do so you may run out of time.
You should do everything necessary to ensure that you will not be distracted or interrupted while taking the test. If an emergency prevents you completing it, contact the office as soon as you can with details of the emergency and supporting evidence.
There is no appeal against the result. If you tell the office that an emergency prevented you completing the test, you may be asked to supply more information and an appeal committee will be set up to consider the circumstances.
This would be antisocial and unprofessional. It would harm the Society, causing major expense, inconvenience and delay while tests were suspended and new tests written. The Society would take appropriate action.