Re: STC certification: how to do it

Subject: Re: STC certification: how to do it
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Rick_Bishop <rickbishop -at- austin -dot- rr -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 10:13:22 -0400

My 10 year old could pass something like that. Technical communication
is far more than grammar, typography, and knowing which buttons on a
tool bar to click to make a document pretty.

On Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 9:37 AM, Rick_Bishop <rickbishop -at- austin -dot- rr -dot- com> wrote:
> A certification test that could satisfy most objections wouldn't be that
> hard to create. I'm sure some of you have taken various Microsoft
> certification tests, which are based on an old format: a very large pool of
> questions. For example, you draw 3 questions at random from each 'topic
> pool' of 30-50 questions. There are 10 topic pools for a total of 400
> questions. Topics are spelling, grammar, punctuation, choose the correctly
> rephrased sentence, active/passive voice, typography, apply formatting, etc
> (just the basic TW skills). Topics are weighted simply by drawing 5
> questions from one pool and 2 from another. The pools with the larger draw
> are proportionately larger. You can't ask for original writing as that would
> require human review, which is suspect. The person taking the test answers
> 30 questions or activities in an hour. If they get 75% correct, they get the
> certificate. Testing the test tells you where to set the 'pass' line. Once
> the basic TW cert is in place for a few years, broaden the scope to certify
> writers for specific industries.
> Rick

Bill Swallow

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