Information about Certification Tests

Over half a million people worldwide have passed a Certification Test in the past 5 years.

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. 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.

Many test questions exemplify subtle forms of plagiarism, including plagiarism due to omission of elements required for proper citations and references. You may perceive more difficult items as 'trick questions' because the plagiarism is sneaky. These test items nonetheless illustrate ways that writers knowingly plagiarize with hopes of not getting caught, or who are ignorant, lazy, or just careless.

The tests are challenging for most people, requiring concentration and attention to detail. The best way to minimize time and frustration is to first do all the tutorials. People who complete all the tutorials are 3 to 5 times more likely to pass a Certification Test than those who do not. Instruction and practice are arranged by levels of difficulty, from basic to complex kinds of plagiarism.

Results of Certification Tests do not identify which questions you missed!

  • If you do not pass, you will receive feedback on the kinds of mistakes you are making. We do this to test your ability to recognize plagiarism. It is not a matter of simply memorizing answers to questions. Taking more Certification Tests will not change the outcome. Instead, learn what you need to know!

  • The other reason we do not provide correct answers is that it makes it harder to cheat, as was done in the past. Many classroom instructors had brought this to our attention, very concerned about bogus Certificates. That's why there are now billions of possible Certification Tests, and a secure and confidential way to determine the legitimacy of each Certificate.

  • To correct mistakes you are making, learn more in tutorials provided here.

    Instruction is organized by 5 levels of increasing difficulty (from basic to expert). You can watch one-minute videos of plagiarism cases, see dynamic examples, practice recognizing plagiarism with immediate feedback on your answers, read explanations of why your answers are wrong, reflect on your learning, and take practice tests at each level of difficulty--also with feedback on your answers.

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

Your Certificate for Passing a Test

If you pass a test, your unique Certificate on recognizing plagiarism will be e-mailed to you, but only if you provide a correct e-mail address when registering to take a test.

Your Certificate could be in your junk mail or spam folder, so be sure to check there if you cannot find it in your inbox. You will not receive a Certificate if you supply an incorrect e-mail address. There is nothing we can do about this--that is your responsibility.

How to Retrieve Your Certificate at a Later Time

Certificates can be re-issued by following directions after you pass a test and by writing down important unique information that is provided.

Click here to retrieve a valid Certificate earned after August 1, 2015 at 7:25 a.m. (EDT). Your instructor can also do this, if you provide him or her with the correct unique information that is provided after passing a test.

(For Certificates earned before August 1, 2015, 7:25 a.m. (EDT), you must click here instead.)


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. We cannot respond to every question or comment we receive, but if there is some particular problem experienced by multiple people in the same time frame, we do our best to address the issue as we can with our limited resources.


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

 

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