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Each randomly selected question on a test provides source material from another author and a sample of student writing. You must determine whether the student version is word-for-word plagiarism, paraphrasing plagiarism, or not plagiarism. Most people find tests to be challenging, demanding concentration and attention to detail. Most people fail several tests before they pass.

To pass a Certification Test, you must answer at least 9 out of 10 questions correctly within 40 minutes.

If you pass, you can e-mail your unique Certificate to yourself, and you can view it online. Very importantly, you and your instructor can later retrieve and validate your Certificate to ensure it is not counterfeit.

Your chances of passing a test by guessing alone are about 1 in 20,000. On the other hand, you are nearly 4 times more likely to pass than to fail a test when you have done some of each level of the instruction and practice with feedback. We know this from research on how students use this website. Test hints can also be helpful (see video).

If you answer less than 9 questions correctly, or you take longer than 40 minutes, you do not pass that test.

If you do not pass a Certification Test, you will receive feedback on specific kinds of mistakes you made on that test. Click on the links provided in the test feedback to see examples of the kinds of questions you missed, and why you missed them. You can also click to see the applicable decision rules used to select the correct answer. Students who study the explanations of why one answer is more correct than another improve their odds of passing a new test by a factor of 2.5 to 1.

You can try new tests if you do not pass.

You can take more tests, but each test is different. Some questions may look the same as ones you saw before, but often differ in small but important details which affect which answer is correct. See this decision support tool for additional help.

We do not tell you which questions you answered incorrectly on a Certification Test.

Why? Because it makes it harder to create answer keys for cheating, as was widely occuring in the past. It's not because we can't provide correct answers, or don't understand the importance of feedback in the learning process. It's because we do not have resources to keep creating new test questions all the time. If we did, then we would have to charge you for each test you take.

In addition, the Certification Tests are designed for valid assessment of your ability to classify types of plagiarism. They are designed to discriminate mastery from non-mastery of your ability to identify kinds of plagiarism, not designed as instruments for learning per se. That's what the instruction and practice questions are for, which include explanatory feedback on why your answers are incorrect.

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Your Certificate for Passing a Test

Your unique Certificate on recognizing plagiarism will be e-mailed to you if you click on the button to request it after passing a test.

Already passed a test and have a Certificate? Click here to validate your Certificate.

Technical Problems?

If you are having technical problems in taking a test, you can e-mail us by clicking on the link at the bottom of any of the pages. But first, see frequently asked questions, which should save you time.

We cannot respond to all requests for help. We simply do not have the resources, but do try to respond to individual cases that appear to be unusual or unique.

See history of recent issues and changes in the plagiarism tests.


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