RE: Writing Test

Subject: RE: Writing Test
From: stevefjong -at- comcast -dot- net
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2006 16:49:41 +0000

Dori Green wrote:

> Do we need a "writing test", or are we trying to establish core competencies
> for a TW candidate?
> 1. Knows standard proofreader's symbols
> 2. Knows about Strunk & White's little book
> 3. Knows what a "format guide" is (MLA, APA, Chicago)
> 4. Can edit 5-10 sentences of varying complexity
> 5. Types with more than two fingers
> 6. How do they tackle SME non-response

We're digressing from the original topic, but what the heck--it's Friday 8^)

Sucessful members of any work group must be able to work effectively with others and take directions (this is the kindergarten "plays nicely with others" checkbox). It's a fundamental skill. I don't think the original test was intended to test whether the applicant could follow directions, but it has that effect. Frankly, some of the hypothetical responses in this thread would not have passed in my book.

-- Steve

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