Dec 6, 2011 06:48:07 AMEditedOct 30, 2014 02:34:04 PMbyBarbara W
It will post unless you choose to make it private, so it won't replace it, but it will show on your list of tests taken, along with the first one. You can go to your Settings icon to click on User Settings and then My Tests, and make it private, so the higher score shows, though. Thanks for posting!
"Everybody is talented, original, and has something important to say." - Brenda Ueland
Aug 8, 2012 05:18:00 PMEditedOct 30, 2014 02:52:30 PMbyExp U
I'm a native English speaker. My mom was an old-school grammarian who taught diagramming. I've been a professional writer and editor for more than 25 years. I freelance regularly, with repeat business from clients--including other professional writers and editors. So imagine my shock after taking the Punctuation and Mechanics to find that I scored 50% on parentheses and brackets, 67% on single vs. double quotation marks, 60% on colons and semicolons, and ZERO in mechanics (capitals, abbreviations, italics, underlining). On the English Vocabulary test, I got a 71% in antonyms and 71% in commonly confused words. I passed both, but not with scores that I would find impressive if I were hiring. And I can't take the tests again for another month!
I am not big-headed. I know what my skills are, and I know my level of expertise. Either I had an epic case of fat-finger syndrome, or there is something screwy with the test. Is there any way to review the questions and answers to ensure that matters of style (and thus may have multiple right answers) aren't being treated as matters of grammar?
Sep 12, 2013 02:56:00 PMEditedOct 30, 2014 03:19:16 PMbyJody M
I recently took a Photoshop test. After 20+ years of using it, teaching it and knowing it inside and out - FOR MY PURPOSES - I bombed. Perhaps they should be split up? I am primarily a print designer and half of the questions simply did not apply to me. I'm a little afraid to re-take it!
Mar 11, 2014 06:19:55 PMEditedOct 30, 2014 06:03:14 PMbyStephen B
if it's not your native language...and surely that's the reason for a test, so a client can have an idea of the level of your English. If you find the test hard, it's probably because your English isn't at native level.
Mar 11, 2014 07:16:56 PMEditedOct 30, 2014 06:03:15 PMbyVesna M
There are several tests. While I'm top 30 % for basic UK, I'm bellow average for spelling US and vocabulary US. And vocabulary, this is what I'm referring to when I say it's like they expect us to read all Shakespeare's books. There are really untypical words which I'll probably never going to use in communication with my clients.
Mar 12, 2014 12:33:56 AMEditedOct 30, 2014 06:03:17 PMbyMarcia M
The business management tests are awful. They seem like they are intended for someone who just graduated and has never worked a day in their life. They should be asking situational questions to test how you would handle real life problems, not "What is the name of the person who designed this chart?"
Mar 18, 2014 11:35:37 AMEditedOct 30, 2014 06:03:18 PMbyAndrea W
especially the software tests where most of the questions concern functions that most users rarely - if ever - use. Therefore, the tests useless and are not an accurate gage of one's abilities or talents.