I went to create a new gig, and I tried to put some emotions in the gig descriptions to be told they were illegal characters. And when I went to create a new gig in the writing category, I could not publish without taking the 40-minute English skills test. So, two FYI for you guys. You may be required to take a test to prove your skills before being able to publish a new Gig.
Honestly, this sounds like a pretty good idea to me but is the test really 40 minutes long?
Actually I do not think that sellers will be required to take tests prior to posting a gig, I think fiverr decided to give you a test because of the emoticons.
I am wondering why you would doubt @silberma1976’s word? Do you really think Fiverr would punish him for attempting to use emoticons in his gig description?
I am about to make a new gig in the writing category. I will let you know if I had to take an English skills test and how long it took to take that test. However, I have too much work to do in the next few days to make a new gig so I will not be back until next week.
I agree. There are too many “writers” on Fiverr that cannot write, and they are giving the real writers a bad name.
Not a punishment but rather a test. Imagine you wrote an essay then added a smiley face, print it then hand it over for final mark. Would the teacher mark that as proper English?
Actually there are certain categories that requires doing the test if you want to publish a gig on that category. And Writing category seems to be one of those categories, which is just to bring more quality to the gigs.
If you go to edit a gig, in the overview section it says:
" Please note: Some categories require that sellers verify their skills.".
It might say that no matter what the gig category is but require certain tests to be taken depending on the gig category (like English in the writing category).
That other site we don’t talk about has recently announced they’ll be retiring the entire testing system after running it for years and years because it doesn’t provide an accurate skills evaluation (not to mention some questions are very odd/semi-related/irrelevant). I’m not sure why fiverr is doubling down on this.
No. 40 minutes is the maximum time you have to finish it; I did that English test in 5 minutes.
I wonder if there is a test for English speaking skills and one for English conventions (spelling, grammar, punctuation, and so on) skills that would be needed to be a writer?
I’d imagine that this is the reason why that other site
It’s one thing to know what a cat or dog is, quite another thing to know about their/there/they’re upkeep and another thing still to write an engaging piece about it. The tests cover a bit of the first, a little of the second but have no effect on the third piece, so what is the point.
I think that Basic English test is the only one that sellers have to pass if they want to offer writing services. There’s a bunch of other tests (spelling, grammar, copywriting, fiction writing, website content writing), and while it’s useful to know some stuff covered by them (like copyright, for example), there are also questions covering Microsoft Word features that are rarely needed (not to mention that some of us use LibreOffice Writer), or other things that aren’t really necessary to know in one’s specific niche. And there’s no test proving that someone is a capable writer, because it’s not possible to make such a test. On the other hand, I guess that someone who can’t pass Basic English test shouldn’t offer writing services.
I think that the idea of tests on other platforms was to show potential buyers that certain sellers, while new to the platform, have taken the time to do tests, and might be more serious than those who haven’t bothered. The idea is flawed, of course; even then and there, many questioned whether buyers even look at the test results.
I just happen to be a retired English teacher. If my students wanted to add a smiley face at the end of their essay, then I would be fine with that.
The english skills one is
I agree with you on that. I saw that unmentionable sites note about that.
I don’t see why it would be impossible, with a well designed test. At least a test could be designed to give a result within a certain confidence level/probability.
It just says on the test that you have 40 minutes for it (it says that on all tests, as far as I’ve seen). It’s far from forbidden to solve it all much faster.
And how would someone design a test that measures someone’s creativity and ability to write a good story or a compelling copy or article?
Even after all of that, it would offer no guarantee to the buyer that that seller would be a good match for their needs, no matter how good their test results are.
I’ve read some horror stories about the vetting systems of that other site. A well known Golang (Google programming language) app developer was banned after he didn’t answer PHP (a separate programming language) questions correctly.
You also have pretty much all the tests being easy to find online, coupled with the fact that the same tests are used by all main freelance platforms. You can take a test on you know where, record the questions, research the answers, then take the same test here and come out with top marks, even if you have a brick for a brain.
For that they could using something like amazon’s recommendations thing or what similar customers had bought and rated highly. Or it could show them example texts and ask them to rate them according to their preferences (or what they were currently looking for) and maybe it could use that to recommend sellers who could write most like the text most highly rated by the buyer - based on previous tests those sellers had done, or maybe based on their past deliveries.