Additional Self-assessment tasks for Copy-editing and Proofreading Practice

Below are web articles in Word document format that you can download onto your device. We have provided these articles so that you can practise your editing skills using ‘Track Changes’, as well as the comment function in Word.

We include the unedited version, as well as the edited version that was proofread and edited by a qualified editor.

Copy-edit the unedited versions yourself, before looking at the edited versions. Take note of the queries and comments that the copy-editor raised. Do you agree with them?

Study the errors corrected, as well as the substantive edits. Substantive editing will always be a matter of personal taste and style. Again, ask yourself if the editor improved the text, or if you would do things differently.