IPEd National Editors Conference

The 10th IPEd National Editors Conference will be held in Hobart, Tasmania from Monday 28Wednesday 30 June 2021.

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The Accreditation Board and IPEd assessors have tried to make the sample exams look as much like the final format of the exam as possible. The notes below aim to help you in your exam preparation.

We recommend that you download the exams and work through them under self-imposed exam conditions, with only the reference books you plan to bring into the exam. Then, check your answers against the answer guide and award yourself marks to see if you have passed. You might want to work with a colleague to mark each other's papers. Consider forming study groups to work through the papers or discuss questions. If you are a member of IPEd or the Canberra Society of Editors, you may join the closed Facebook group Secret Editors IPEd study group. Note that in order to become a member of this group you must first join the Facebook group Secret Editors’ Business.

All sample exams include 12 questions in Part 3 – eight general and four specialist questions. In 2018, there will be only ten questions in Part 3, all of which are based on skills or knowledge set out in Australian standards for editing practice.

Candidates should not assume because a subject area or editorial skill is included in sample exams that it will or will not be represented in the exam paper itself.

Sample exam: onscreen

A sample onscreen exam is now available, based largely on the original sample exams.

Using the sample exam documents

Before you start, read the document Note on opening and saving the exam documents. This explains how to open the exam documents so that the macros and form controls contained in them stay enabled.

Then download the actual sample exam documents. The exam is spread across five Microsoft Word documents:

Download these five documents into a folder on your computer desktop or other convenient place.

Start with the Instructions to Candidates which explains how to interact with the documents. Then open each document in turn and try working through the questions.

We recommend you time yourself to see if you can do the questions in the time allowed.

Marked-up versions of the sample exams are available below for you to check your answers.

Video demonstration

A video has been developed to demonstrate how to use the documents for the onscreen exam. Even if you have already gone through a sample exam, it is worth watching the video as it gives a number of tips for making it easier to navigate through the exam documents.

There is a webinar that take you through how to engage with the online exam documents for the 2018 exam, which is available for $25 pay to view. Please contact the exam secretary at corporateservices@iped-editors.org for more information.

Sample exams: original

The sample exams below were produced prior to the development of the onscreen exam. They are provided here to give you additional examples and practice.

Sample exam 1

  • Sample exam 1 
  • Answer guide 1
  • Hand mark-up guide 1
  • Sample exam 2

    Additional Part 2 example

    The Accreditation Board has also supplied an additional editing extract, like the Part 2 exercise in the exam, with a marked-up copy against which you can check your attempt.

    A note on suggested timing

    These suggestions are for your guidance only. Record how long each task takes while you’re doing the test exam to work out timing before you take the final exam.

    • Reading time: 60 minutes – includes the time it takes to read the instruction booklet and to check technology.
    • Part 1: 30 minutes maximum, including time to review answers. Worth 20%.

      You must answer 20 of 24 questions, but you may choose to answer up to 24 questions to give yourself a safety margin if you wish.

    • Part 2: 1 hour + 15 minutes to review. Worth 40%.

      You must edit the extract in accordance with the brief provided, and prepare a style sheet and list of queries for the author.

    • Part 3: 1 hour (15 minutes for each of four questions) + 15 minutes to review. Worth 40%.

      You must answer any four of 12 questions, covering general and specialist topics.

    Preparing for the exam

    Choose your reference books well ahead of the exam and ensure you know their contents well. You may tag the books. Bring at least a good dictionary and a copy of Snooks & Co., Style manual for authors, editors and printers, 6th edn, 2002, which is the assumed style. If you want to choose another style guide, you must note that on the first page of the exam paper. If your preference is a house style guide, you must provide a copy of it with the completed exam for the use of the marker (it will not be returned to you).

    Once you have answered your chosen four questions from Part 3, we recommend you work through or study the remaining non-specialist questions to extend your knowledge. We also suggest you read through a general editing book, such as E Flann, B Hill and L Wang, The Australian editing handbook, 3rd edn, 2014, or J Mackenzie, The editor’s companion, 3rd edn, 2014, to refresh your memory of things you have not done for a while or to extend your knowledge.


    Questions, queries, suggestions are all welcome. Send them to ab.chair@iped-editors.org.

    Find an editor

    IPEd has established the Editors Directory. Clients can search the directory for freelance editors using specific criteria. These will identify editors that have specific interests, skills or experience in certain areas.