The IPEd accreditation exam is designed for editors with at least three years’ full-time editing experience or equivalent; it is not intended as an entry-level exam.
The exam has three parts:
- Part 1: copyediting questions, including multiple-choice questions (20%)
- Part 2: a short manuscript/passage for editing (40%)
- Part 3: short-answer questions (40%).
The exam is a test of competence (not excellence) in applying the standards set out in the Australian standards for editing practice. It tests both copyediting and other essential skills such as project definition and the ability to identify defamation, permission and copyright issues.
Marking of the exam recognises that there may be more than one acceptable solution to an editorial problem and more than one way to mark up a manuscript. There can, of course, be no guarantee that anyone will pass the exam, and the standard is, as it should be, high. To pass, a candidate must gain a mark of 80 per cent overall, with a minimum of 65 per cent in each part.
For detailed information about the exam’s format, how to prepare for the exam and a video demonstration of the onscreen format see the sample exams page. After attempting the sample exams, check your answers against the relevant answer guides and the mark-up guides to Part 2.
For more information about the next exam, including details on how to register, see the guide for candidates.
Please contact your local Accreditation Board delegate if you have questions about the exam.