What to expect?

1. Application assignments

After you passed the first step of our application process, the language quiz, you will receive the editor application assignments. You are asked to edit three short tekst. In addition you will also be asked to write a short improvement letter. You will have three days to complete your application.

2. Assessment

Our quality management team will review your work. This can take up to 7 days.

3. Go/No-go decision

We provide feedback on your sample edits and inform you if you are accepted into our Scribbr Academy. We’ll provide you with feedback even if we do not invite you to the next step of the application process.

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Application assignments

You’ll be asked to edit three short texts. In addition, we’ll ask you write a short improvement letter.

Before you start, please carefully review the instructions and the relevant pages on our website to learn about what editing for Scribbr entails and what we expect from our editors. Scribbr is style agnostic. We don’t expect applicants to know the ins and outs of Scribbr’s specific style of editing right away. As long as your sample edits are appropriate for an academic context.

  • Spend no more than 2.5 hours in total.
  • You have 3 days to complete the application.
  • You are asked to edit each text using track changes in Microsoft Word.
  • Place comments when you wish to query the student, explain complex changes or provide suggestions.

Scribbr's Proofreading & Editing Service

Scribbr offers editing services for study-related documents. In addition to theses, we also regularly receive project reports, reflection reports, essays and other documents.

Scribbr’s Proofreading & Editing service focuses on correcting language and improving readability. The following pages explain how Scribbr defines editing, what we focus on and how we edit:

For the application, please focus only on proofreading and editing.

Things to consider

When editing for Scribbr, take care not to correct, change or add to the content of a thesis.

If you must touch upon content because the student’s intended meaning is unclear or a sentence otherwise makes no sense, you should always leave a comment to help the student make appropriate decisions while implementing your suggested changes.

Likewise, do not reorganize the text or otherwise move material from one section to another. These moves can make it difficult for the student to quickly determine if a particular piece of text is part of the original or a suggested revision.

SHOULD WE WRITE ABOUT THAT WE DO NOT ‘REWRITE’?

Microsoft Word

All our services must be performed in Microsoft Office. We do not work with Open Office, LaTeX, PDF or other kinds of software. For this reason, it is important that you are familiar with the functionalities of Word, such as track changes, comments, macros and add-ins.

We strongly advise all Scribbr editors to download and use PerfectIt, a powerful editing tool that can be integrated into Microsoft Word. PerfectIt checks for consistency in language, style, acronym use, numbers, hyphenation, sequencing and more. We ask our editors to use this software to ensure the high quality of Scribbr’s services. Read this informative review and download a free 30-day trial.

However, due to compatibility issues, we are only able to work with editors who use Microsoft Word 2013 or later. If you use an earlier version of the program, we cannot assess your application. We need to see that you can work with this critical software. If you do not have Microsoft Word and are unwilling to buy it, we cannot hire you.

The Scribbr Word add-in only works for Word 2013 or later.

We strongly advise you to always use the most up-to-date version of Microsoft Office. It is faster and more secure. Additionally, the spelling and grammar checker is much more advanced.

UK proofreading editors

Feedback by our experienced quality team

Once we receive your completed application, our quality management team will review your work, provide feedback on your sample edits and inform you of the application decision. We’ll provide you with feedback even if we do not invite you to the next step of the application process.

Application assessment
As soon as we receive your completed application, a senior editor will assess your work and provide
constructive feedback. We will send you the application results and feedback as soon as possible,
but please note that this may take up to two weeks.

  • If your work is satisfactory, we will invite you to join the Scribbr Academy.
  • If your work is unsatisfactory, we will share feedback but will not proceed with your application.

Proceed to the Scribbr Academy

Once you successfully completed the application we will invite you to our Scribbr Academy

Proceed to Scribbr Academy

Questions?

Ask our team

Want to contact us directly? No problem. We are always here for you.

Frequently asked questions

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Do the application assignments reflect the kinds of orders Scribbr typically receives?

Yes. In general, the application assignments are a good representation of the average document you will edit for Scribbr and of the number of changes required to deliver a sufficient Scribbr edit.

I failed the quiz or application, but I’d like to develop my skills. What resources do you recommend?

Our quality manager Samantha recommends the online editing certificate offered by Poynter ACES, which focuses on the fundamentals of editing. This course is particularly useful for new editors who want to start an editing career. It offers a language primer focusing on the fundamentals of grammar and composition, as well as courses on how to make writing clean and concise, how to edit for clarity, when vs. when not to edit, and how to explain changes as an editor.

Our senior editor Shane recommends Amy Einsohn’s The Copyeditor’s Handbook and Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage as his go-to resources for learning and reinforcing the fundamentals of grammar and editing.

Samantha also recommends Strunk & White’s classic, The Elements of Style, which focuses on what makes strong writing, and Lynne Truss’s Eats, Shoots & Leaves, an entertaining guide to punctuation.

Scribbr’s Knowledge Base also contains useful articles on academic style.

What style guide should I use?

Scribbr is style agnostic. Student papers follow a variety of style guides, and Scribbr editors must be able to adapt their editing style accordingly. And, we don’t expect applicants to know the ins and outs of Scribbr’s specific style of editing at this point. As long as your sample edits are appropriate for an academic context (and consistent, of course), that will suffice.

That said, if you have questions about a specific grammar or style point, Scribbr’s Knowledge Base, the Purdue OWL, and the APA Style Blog are all excellent resources.

Do I get paid for the application assignments?

No, the test document is without compensation.

After you receive a positive evaluation of your test document, you will advance to the next step of the application process, the Scribbr Academy. The orders in the Scribbr Academy are fully compensated.

You can find the editor earnings in our information package, which you will be able to access when we have created your editor profile.