We’re currently working on developing some new tests to assist clients who need to assess the writing skills of candidate Technical Authors. Writing test papers is a challenging task – it goes against the grain to make mistakes deliberately!
English is a language where sentences can be written in many different ways. Today, many people would find “to boldly go” to be acceptable, as well as the more traditional “to go boldly”. I was taught to use Oxford commas (but not in lists), whereas many of my colleagues prefer the grammar rules taught to TEFL tutors. It means, often, there can be more than one answer that’s acceptable. The ultimate goal to communicate information to users in an understandable way.
We believe it’s best to create a series of tests. Our tests comprise a proofreading test, an editing test and an exercise requiring the candidate to write some instructions.
What approach do you take?