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PEG Accreditation Test 2021 – Part 3: Business Editing and Proofreading questions

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. It is not the purpose of these webinars to provide model answers for any of the test questions, as doing so will serve no purpose, given the fact that the questions will differ from one test to the next.

Date: Thursday, 26 May 2022

Time: 14:00 to 17:00

Place: Online (Zoom meeting)

Facilitator: Co-examiner John Linnegar

Pre-webinar materials: The 2021 Editing and Proofreading questions will be sent upon registration and to those who have already registered for the three-part series; or bring your 2021 test answers along.

CPD hours: You will qualify for 3 hours of core CPD when you attend this webinar and only 30 minutes of discretionary CPD if you listen to the recording only without proof of attendance.

About our facilitator

Trained as a secondary school teacher, John Linnegar has been active in the publishing industry for more than 40 years, as writer, editor, proofreader, technical writer, industrial editor and publisher. He cut his editorial teeth as an editor of texts for one of South Africa’s foremost law publishers and played a leading role in formalising its House style for authors and editors. He has also edited and proofread numerous school and academic textbooks and articles, for both local and international publishers.

The confluence of teaching and editing was almost inevitable. In 2000 he ran his first course in copy editing and proofreading for PASA’s Publishing Training Project. John has since presented basic and advanced editing and English grammar courses in various forms both publicly and for local publishers, for several provincial legislatures and at a number of our universities. He has also workshopped editing skills with members of the Institute of Translating & Interpreting (ITI) in the United Kingdom, of the Mediterranean Editors and Translators association, and of SENSE in the Netherlands.

In 2009 he published the best-selling Engleish, our Engleish: Common errors in South African English and how to resolve them (Pharos; rev ed 2013). In 2012, a standard text he co-authored with professors Wannie Carstens and Kris Van de Poel – Text editing: A handbook for students and practitioners (ASP Editions, Brussels) – was published, a text that has been well received internationally. He has also co-authored several PEG guides: on house style; the business of editing, and marketing freelance editorial services. His latest publication (with Ken McGillivray, 2019) is grammar, punctuation and all that jazz (MLA Publishing), which is aimed at any wordsmith whose use of English needs polishing through familarisation with the essentials of usage. Besides grammar, he specialises in developing house style guidelines and converting texts to Plain Language/English.

John is an Accredited Professional Text Editor (SATI), a life member and past chair of PEG, until 2022 an executive member of the Society of English-language Professionals in the Netherlands (SENSE), and a member of the Nordic Editors and Translators (NEaT) and the Canberra Society of Editors (CSE), Australia.

About the workshop

The purpose of the webinar 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 the business text edit in question 2C and on the proofreading questions 3A and 3B in PEG’s 2021 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 and the webinar. Those who sat the 2021 test should bring their completed tests to the webinar to enable them to discover where they could have performed better.


The cost of the online workshop is set out below:

Affiliation Early-bird registration fee
(before or on 18 May 2022)
Registration fee
(between 19 and 24 May)
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 email address for this webinar.

Deadline for registrations: 12:00 on Tuesday, 24 May.


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 12:00 on Tuesday 24 May. 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.

26 May, 2022 @ 14:00 - 17:00 Africa/Johannesburg by PEG Gauteng | Webinar Zoom

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