Can You Ace Our Quick Proofreading Test?

by Dean Evans

How good is your proofreading?

Why should you try our proofreading test? Because the importance of spellchecking, copy-editing and proofreading your content shouldn’t be underestimated.

Creating good content is about more than just publishing good information. It’s also about making sure that the information is ACCURATELY conveyed.

So how good are your proofreading skills*? In the process of writing extra sales page copy for The Good Content Code, I put together this quick proofreading test. How many mistakes can you spot in the text below?

Try our quick proofreading test

“When Apple Corps launched their first iPhone in 2008, it didn’t dissappoint. In fact, it immediately captured the collective imagination with a geeky allure driven by Apples slick design, the phone’s smart flexibilty and it’s inovative multi-touch approach.”

So how many errors did you spot? Six? Seven? There are actually eight mistakes in the example above.

To see the answers, click here.

Want another spelling challenge? Click the link to find more proofreading tests.

*And yes, some spelling/grammar mistakes will often slip through the process. We’re only human after all.

How did you do on the proofreading test? Leave us your finest words in the comments section below.

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Priscilla January 17, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Thank you for the opportunity to take your quick proofreading test. I found a total of seven errors. I understand that there were eight. I have always had a knack for seeing mistakes in many facets of writing whether it was a book, a magazine and the worst I’ve found, newspapers. For some unknown reason it drives me crazy seeing these mistakes. I am a avid reader and a non-published writer. I have a very imaginative mind. I also love photography and history.

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Lily Gomez March 23, 2015 at 12:42 am

I’m happy for you Priscilla!!!!!;)

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HomePavilion March 21, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Proofreading is beneficial for English and many other young and senior students.

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Charlie September 25, 2013 at 4:50 pm

I have always had a knack for seeing mistakes in many facets of writing whether it was a book, a magazine and the worst I’ve found, newspapers. For some unknown reason it drives me crazy seeing these mistakes. I am a avid reader and a non-published writer.

I have always had a knack for seeing mistakes in many facets of writing, whether it was a book, a magazine, and the worst I’ve found, newspapers. For some unknown reason it drives me crazy seeing these mistakes. I am an avid reader and a non-published writer

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nmclean March 20, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Surely you mean OR newspapers, not AND newspapers?

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gougnotte October 23, 2013 at 8:59 am

Follement fascinant, mon petit doigt me dit que ce poste intéresserait un pote

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Mary October 17, 2014 at 6:44 pm

There should also be a comma after flexibility, right? The additional comma would help break up the series into more readable shape.

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Dean Evans October 27, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Hi Mary. re: the comma. It’s not needed in UK English, but it might appear in US English if following the Oxford comma rules.

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Rob March 1, 2015 at 2:13 am

Very interesting. I got all but the year of the phone. To me that’s more a fact checking issue but I suppose a good proofreader ought to check facts.

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Lynnette June 6, 2015 at 4:19 pm

What often gets me is the placement of closing quote marks ( ,” or “,). I was taught to put the comma or other punctuation AFTER the closing quote marks, unless the punctuation was specific to the item in quotes. However, I’ve worked with someone who insisted that all punctuation goes inside the quote marks. That has never made any sense.

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Dean Evans July 30, 2015 at 1:17 pm

I think this varies by country — I was always taught to put punctuation outside quote marks.

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Lily Gomez March 23, 2015 at 12:45 am

Before I was a mess in editing , but now I’m getting better. All thanks to this WONDERFUL website!!!!!!!!!!!!!!;D

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makayla young April 16, 2015 at 4:47 pm

before i was a mess in editing , but now im getting better .all thanks to this wonderful website!!!!!!!

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Stan S., NYC July 9, 2015 at 7:15 pm

Why should you try our proofreading test? Because the importance of spellchecking, copy-editing and proofreading your content shouldn’t be underestimated.

Creating good content is about more than just publishing good information. It’s also about making sure that the information is ACCURATELY conveyed.

So how good are your proofreading skills*? In the process of writing extra sales page copy for The Good Content Code, I put together this quick proofreading test. How many mistakes can you spot in the text below?

Try our quick proofreading test

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Just some suggestions . . .

Why should you try our proofreading test? Because you should never underestimate the importance of spellchecking, copy-editing, and proofreading your content.

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Creating good content is about more than just publishing good information; it’s about ensuring you convey information [ital] accurately [ital].

Or for the Purist . . .

Creating good content is about more than just publishing good information; it’s about ensuring you [ital] accurately [ital] convey information.

So how good are your proofreading skills?* In writing extra sales copy for [ital] The Good Content Code, [Ital] I put together this quick proofreading test. How many mistakes can you spot in the test copy, below

Try Our Quick Proofreading Test
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Yes, typos can escape all of us. The thing is, a typographical mistake of any kind is no option when you distribute instructions for, say, a missile-control system. Wouldn’t you agree?

Best regards

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