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How to Recognize Plagiarism

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Information about Certification Tests

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. Many questions exemplify subtle forms of plagiarism which represent misunderstanding of plagiarism as defined here, carelessness, or sneaky plagiarism (see hints and patterns).

Unlike classroom tests you have taken in school, Certification Tests do not provide specific feedback on questions answered incorrectly. This is done on purpose to make it harder to cheat by simply memorizing answers to questions. After the test, if you do not pass, you will receive feedback on the kinds of mistakes you have made. If you pass, your Certificate will be e-mailed to you, and you can view your Certificate for saving and printing.

If you take several tests, and do not pass, the outcome is very unlikely to change until you learn more about plagiarism.

Learn more through instruction on how to recognize plagiarism. You can view examples of different kinds of plagiarism with explanations, as well as patterns of plagiarism and non-plagiarism.

Practice identifying avoidance of plagiarism with specific feedback on why your answers are right or wrong. Take practice tests on identifying kinds of plagiarism where you get specific feedback on your results.

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.