Looking for bad government writing
August 1, 2006 9:14 AM Subscribe
Help! We need to hire a manager who can edit, but I can't find an appropriate editing test online.
posted by lunalaguna to Writing & Language (9 answers total)
I work at a state agency, and my department is looking to fill a managerial position. Although the previous manager was not an editor, she was really good at looking at convoluted government documents and figuring out how to make them better. My superiors want to hire someone with this talent and have asked me to find an editing test that assesses content editing skills. What I'm looking for is a test with maybe three or four very poorly written paragraphs that need to be simplified, reorganized, etc. I've only been able to find copyediting tests online. Using existing material from our office isn't an option because we'll have some internal applicants. I could try to write something awful, but it won't come close to the gloriously messy stuff we deal with daily.
Does anyone know where I could find such a test? Online is preferable, but if you have something on hand, that would be great, too. Also, if you've seen some really awful government prose that could be adapted to a test, let me know. Thanks!