Proofreading Exercises


Learn how to proofread by working through our library of proofreading exercises.

Bookmark this page – we upload new proofreading exercises regularly.

In a digital world, it’s more important than ever to make sure your communications are error-free – you don’t want to be responsible for a press release that goes viral because of an awkward misspelling.

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That’s why we’ve put together this collection of proofreading exercises to test your skills. Work your way up through the difficulty levels until you feel confident that you’ve mastered the required proofreading skills. 

Download each exercise PDF to get started, then print it out or copy-paste it into Microsoft Word; once you’ve finished editing, cross-check the mistakes you found with the relevant answer sheet.

Good luck!

Want to learn more about proofreading as a career?  Visit our Ultimate Guide to Proofreading to get the information you need.

Our tips for error-free proofreading are great for making sure your editing techniques are up to speed – check them out here.

Answer sheets follow AP Stylebook conventions (where appropriate) and use British spelling.  New proofreading exercises will be regularly added to this page.  Note that the original sources contain the correct text – all mistakes have been added in for the purposes of the exercises.


Easy Proofreading Exercise 1

Format: News article.

Source: NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance hits back after claims Sydney ferries won’t fit under bridges. (2020, August 24).  ABC.

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Easy Proofreading Exercise 2

Format: News Article

Source: Now is the time to buy in the Melbourne property market. (2020, September 21). 7 News.–c-1331487

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Easy Proofreading Exercise 3

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Format: Blog Post
Source: How to Find the Noosa Fairy Pools

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Medium Proofreading Exercise 1

Format: Annual Report.

Source: Rio Tinto Annual Report 2019 – Strategic Report

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Medium Proofreading Exercise 2

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Medium Proofreading Exercise 3

Format: Online Article.

Source: A Better Way to Map Brand Strategy

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Hard Proofreading Exercise 1

Format: Academic Journal

Source: Passafaro, P. (2020) Attitudes and Tourists’ Sustainable Behavior: An Overview of the Literature and Discussion of Some Theoretical and Methodological Issues. Journal of Travel Research. 59(4), 579-601.  DOI: 10.1177/0047287519851171

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Hard Proofreading Exercise 2

Format: Academic Journal

Source: Demirkol, S. & Cifci, I. (2020) Delving into the Role of Celebrity Chefs and Gourmets in Culinary Destination Marketing. European Journal of Tourism Research. 26, 2603.

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Mistakes are even worse when the issue at hand is a serious one. Retrieved from the ABC’s site.

By Duncan Croker

Duncan is a copywriter with a background in editing and storytelling. He loves collaborating with brands big and small, and thrives on the challenges of hard marketing.

4 comments on “Proofreading Exercises”

These exercises have been really great. Thank you. I’m using them with my A level student in preparation for University where proofreading will be essential! The content is just right for his interest level too and short enough to keep his interest.

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