STEP 3: The Certification Exam
Once you have submitted at least one sample package and documented 10 CEUs, you may register for the two-part examination. The exam registration fee is $250. Additional forms and instructions will be included in the registration confirmation email.
Part 1: Proofreading Exam
The first part is an hour-long timed proofreading exam. You are provided with a resume that is full of errors and asked to identify 25 specific mistakes (e.g., punctuation, redundancy, telegraphic writing) within the hour. This portion of the exam is graded within 1-2 days.
If you fail Part 1 of the exam, you must wait 30 days to retake it ($50.00 fee).
Part 2: Resume and Cover Letter Writing ExamFor the second part, you will be given a candidate profile and asked to write a resume and cover letter based solely on the raw profile provided. You will have five days to complete the project, which is handled via email. Your documents will be reviewed by two graders and you will receive your results within four weeks.
If you fail Part 2 of the exam, you must wait 30 days to retake it ($150.00 fee). If you fail Part 2 of the exam twice, you must wait 12 months to retake it ($150.00 fee).
Advisory Board:Sally McIntosh (Chair)
Mary Jo King
Grading Panel:Norine Dagliano