RE: Sample Writing Tests Needed

Subject: RE: Sample Writing Tests Needed
From: BMcClain -at- centura -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2000 13:05:32 -0400

Suzette: Would you believe...

A TW told me that's what he had to do when interviewing at <deleted>, and I
replied, "I'd be in trouble there; Mrs. McClain's been handling family
finances so long, I'd have to learn how for myself all over again." So that
makes two of us.

I just suggested it as an example. Frankly, the PB&J sandwich idea is
probably more suited in scope to an interview process. I'd have great fun
with it; I'd probably create an "exploded" diagram of the PB&J components,
with references in the callouts to appropriate step numbers.

Bill McClain
("Writers are always selling somebody out." - Joan Didion)

-----Original Message-----
From: Suzette Leeming [mailto:techwriter -at- techemail -dot- com]
Subject: RE: Sample Writing Tests Needed

That makes the assumption that the person writing the test obviously knows
how to balance a checkbook/cheque book.

Don't slam me for this... but I would fail that test.

Any test that is designed should take into consideration what a potential
writer already knows.

Just wanted to mention that caveat.

BMcClain -at- centura -dot- com said...

I'd love to see one too, but in lieu of one, how about this: Explain in 250

words or fewer, to somebody reading at about a fifth-grade level, how to
balance a checkbook.

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