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How to Recognize Plagiarism

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, you must enter your name and correct e-mail address to have your Certificate sent to you, as well as to 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 and supply your name, before you click the button to have it e-mailed to you. If you don't do this, then you won't get a Certificate, even if you have passed a test.

If you cannot find your Certificate in your e-mail, please do not send us e-mail asking for it, because we do not carry out such requests. 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. In rare circumstances, your e-mail service provider may block your Certificate, since it is generated and e-mailed by a computer program. 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.

After clicking the button to have your unique Certificate e-mailed to you, you can also click another button to view your Certificate in your Web browser. You can also save or print this unique Web page as evidence of passing a test.

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. Your instructor can also do this, if you provide him or her with the correct unique information that is provided after passing a test.

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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.