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PEG Accreditation Test 2020 – Part 1: Grammar, Editing, General questions

REPEAT from 2021

Focus: The purpose of this webinar is to demonstrate how questions should be answered, what to do and what not to do, and to clarify how candidates can best prepare themselves for the next accreditation test.

Date: Saturday, 9 July 2022

Time: 10:00 to 13:00

Place: Online (Zoom meeting)

Facilitator: Cathy Robertson (with co-examiner John Linnegar)

Pre-webinar materials: The 2020 Language/Grammar and Editing questions will be sent upon registration; or bring your 2020 test answers along.

CPD hours: Attendees will earn 3 CPD hours for attending the webinar; those who listen to the recording only will earn 1 CPD hour.

About our facilitators

Cathy Robertson has had rather a chequered career, having qualified as an English and Afrikaans teacher donkey’s years ago and spent about five years teaching Grades 9–12. She has spent time as an Avis rental car marketing manager, assistant marketing manager at Anglo American Properties, launching Marina da Gama (in Cape Town), a few years lecturing English at a teachers’ training college and many years at a TVET college, first lecturing Communication and Public Relations and then retiring as Vice Principal: Innovation and Development (Skills Development).

She has written learning materials for the Food and Beverage Seta, an English first language textbook for Damelin and L4 learning material for Communication for Future Managers. She was a marker and examiner for the Department of Education for many years and has been an external moderator for Umalusi since 2003, moderating external national examination papers and functioning as an external moderator at marking centres. She thus has many years’ experience in setting and marking external examinations.

Cathy has been on PEG’s Western Cape branch committee for a couple of years, has also mentored four mentees and is busy with her fifth. With John Linnegar she was a co-examiner of PEG’s first accreditation test and was also one of the markers of the test. She was also an examiner and marker of PEG’s 2021 accreditation test.

Academically, she has a PhD in Curriculum Studies and is a research associate at Stellenbosch University. She has delivered numerous papers, published chapters in academic books on metaphor and academic writing as well as academic articles. For the past three years, she has also been a member of the editorial board and administrator of an academic journal named JOVACET under the auspices of the University of the Western Cape.

She has been awarded the Business Trust Trophy for the promotion of Human Resource Development in the Western Cape, the Rotary Merit Award for Service to the Community beyond the call of duty and a Lifetime Achiever award from the Western Cape Education Department.

John Linnegar has been a teacher and trainer, and a setter of more tests and examinations than he cares to remember, during a career spanning 40+ years. He has also acted as an external marker and moderator for examinations set by the Western Cape Department of Education. With Cathy Robertson, he was a co-examiner of PEG’s inaugural accreditation test and also one of the markers. He was also an examiner and marker of the 2021 accreditation test.<!–

PEG guides

The following guides will be on sale at the workshop:

  • Consistency, consistency, consistency: PEG’s guide to style guides (third edition) by John Linnegar with Paul Schamberger and Jill Bishop at R40 [temporarily out of stock at the branch]
  • The business of editing: The PEG guide to setting up and running your small business (second edition) by Jill Bishop, John Linnegar and Linda Pretorius at R50
  • Marketing your freelance services: The PEG guide for practitioners by John Linnegar with Jenny de Wet and Lia Marus at R70
  • The PEG guide to grammar and punctuation by Myf Steynberg at R120


About the webinar

The purpose of the webinar/workshop is to demonstrate how questions should be answered, what to do and what not to do, and to clarify how candidates can prepare themselves for the next accreditation test. The vehicle for achieving this purpose will be the questions on language/grammar and on structural, content, stylistic and copy editing in PEG’s 2020 test. It will be useful for those who intend participating to work through these questions beforehand, providing answers where possible, in order to derive maximum benefit from the test. Those who sat the 2020 test should bring their completed tests to the webinar/workshop to enable them to discover where they could have performed better. (Note: The test questions on proofreading and general topics will be covered in Part 2 on 23 July.)


The cost of the online workshop is set out below:*

Affiliation Early-bird registration fee
(before or on 4 July)
Registration fee
(from 5 July but by 7 July)
PEG members R275 R350
LAMP members* R475 R550
Non-affiliated members R675 R750

*LAMP members: Association of Southern African Indexers and Bibliographers (ASAIB), ProJourn, Southern African Freelancers’ Association (SAFREA), South African Science Journalists’ Association (SASJA) and the South African Translators’ Institute (SATI).


Please register by completing the registration form and emailing it to the webinar administrator, Sharon Rose. Please DO NOT use the administrator address for this webinar.

Deadline for registrations: 12:00 on Thursday, 7 July.

Cancellation policy

If members are unable to attend this webinar after having registered and paid for it, a full refund is possible if cancellations are received by Sharon Rose by 12 noon on 8 July. Once the final number of attendees has been confirmed on the morning of the webinar, no refunds are possible.

In addition, should you be prevented from participating in full or in part on the day of the webinar owing to Eskom loadshedding, you will be entitled to take either the same webinar or another on the 2022 webinar programme. When this occurs, the onus will be on you to inform the webinar coordinator of your disqualification on this ground and to specify which alternative webinar you would like to transfer your registration to.

Remember, though, that as a would-be or part-participant on the day, you will in any event receive the audio recording of the entire event plus PDFs of the PPT slides.

9 July, 2022 @ 10:00 - 13:00 Africa/Johannesburg | Webinar Zoom

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