Information about Certification Tests

Please note: plagiarism tests will be unavailable Dec. 17-24, 2018

During this one-week maintenance period, all other parts of this tutorial (including practice questions with feedback) should continue to work normally.

Each randomly selected question on a test provides source material from another author and a sample of student writing. The test taker must determine whether the student version is word-for-word plagiarism, paraphrasing plagiarism, or not plagiarism. The tests are challenging for most people, requiring concentration and attention to detail. If you pass, your Certificate will be e-mailed to you, and you can view your Certificate online. Very important, you and your instructor can retrieve and validate it later to ensure it is not counterfeit.

The best way to minimize time and frustration is first to do all the tutorials. Students are 3 to 5 times more likely to pass a Certification Test after they successfully complete the tutorials, when compared with those who report that they did not. Over 360,000 students from 194 countries have passed one of the new Certification Tests in the first 2.5 years.

We do not provide correct answers to specific questions you missed on a Certification Test. Why?

The main reason we do not provide correct answers is that it makes it harder to cheat, 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. The Certification Tests are designed for valid assessment of learning, not designed as instruments for learning in and of themselves. That's what the tutorials are for, which include practice questions with feedback.

If you do not pass a Certification Test, you will receive explicit feedback on specific kinds of mistakes you are making. See frequently asked questions for more information.

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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 retrieve your validated 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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