There are two tests on this page. The first test is rated 'moderate difficulty' and covers basic understanding of grammar. The second test, rated 'moderate-to-hard', assesses your ability to work with the scientific names of organisms.

In each test there are several deliberate errors, which mimic the most common errors found in students' writing. So this is "real-life" stuff! I suggest that you print the page, mark all the errors that you spot (and try to say why they are wrong), then go to the correct version, which highlights the errors and provides guidance notes to help you improve your writing. Good luck!

Test 1 (rating: basic understanding)

The following piece of text has a serious message, but it is a flawed message. It contains 23 deliberate errors, all of them common in students' essays. Some are errors of punctuation, some of spelling, and some of grammatical construction or word usage. How many can you spot?

Why should you bother to read this web site? One reason is, that it will help you to improve your writing skills as you work through it's examples. You maybe able to find things which have always caused you problems, once learnt they will increase your confidence. This is not, however the only way to use this site. You can e.g. look-up specific points in the index. This site also contains guidance on essay-writing, on how to avoid plagiarism, abreviations, and the endings of some latin and greek words. None of us are perfect; everyone of us make mistakes occasionally. Hopefully, you will find this site to be a readily-available reference source. Although, its not overwhelming. Perhaps the greatest value to be gained from working through the examples are that you will start to analyse, and think about, the way you write. You will become increasingly disciplined in both your writing and thinking. Your confidance will grow with every step along this path. The future is your's. Go for it!

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Test 2 (rating: moderate to hard)

This test contains 17 deliberate errors, including spelling errors, faulty punctuation, wrong endings of Latin words, faulty construction, and one 'trick' to test your understanding of elementary taxonomy. How many can you find?

Fungi are classified as a distinct group of organisms, now regarded as a kingdom. The fungi can, however be divided into subgroups. The subgroup Basidiomycota have airborne spores. Its also the subgroup which produces mushrooms and toadstalls. The subgroup Ascomycota produce spores in an asci, the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is an example. The subgroup Zygomycota contains species like Mucor and Rhizopus, each of which grows on dung and produces it's spores in a sporangia. The subgroup Chytridiomycota, with an aquatic lifestyle and spores that have flagellae, being the most primative subgroup. The evolutionary origin of fungi is unknown but is thought to be a choanoflagellate protozoa.

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