The Proofreading Skills course contains clear, thorough explanations of the proofreading process, proofreader's marks, and basic English usage (grammar, punctuation,spelling, and sentence structure). It will take you through a comprehensive review of basic English usage to help you locate writing errors even experienced proofreaders may not notice. As you go through the review of the usage rules, you will proofread for errors to practice identifying misuse of the rules.
The Proofreading Skills course has six diagnostic tests. To graduate from the course, you must have achieved an average of at least 80 percent on the six diagnostics. This course is not recommended for anyone who wants to overcome errors in his or her writing. You should have few usage errors in your writing to be able to graduate from this course.
The online lessons contain clear explanations and many examples. You go at your own pace and submit assignments when you are ready. The instructor evaluates the activities and examinations, comments on skills learned and skills that still need polish, coaches you through learning the skills, and certifies your competence. You receive a graduation certificate for framing at the end of the course.
You will go through the course at your own pace, so you could complete it within a few weeks. However, you have up to four months to complete the course so you can fit the study time into your schedule. All lessons must be finished within the four-month period.
Lesson 2: Proofreader's Marks
Lesson 3: The Proofreading Process
Lesson 5: Abbreviations, Capitalization
Lesson 6: Numbers, Figures
Lesson 8: Pronoun Agreement and Selection
Lesson 9: Punctuation
Lesson 11: Modifiers and Connectives
Lesson 12: Format, Publishing
Lesson 13: Case, Tense