Proofreading is typically used for written exams. 

A proofreader can:

  • Detect and mark suspected errors in writing (spelling, punctuation, grammar, writing format such as margin and spacing, and sentence structure).

A proofreader cannot:

  • Correct errors or suggest answers.
  • Assist the student in improving his/her paper for better content, development, organization, mechanics, and diction.
  • Critique student's writing.

Students with a disability who utilizes a proofreader as an accommodation, the students should be aware of what a proofreader can and cannot do, prior to the request. When they ask for proofreading, let your proofreader know what specific problems (such as spelling and punctuation) they encounter when composing written work. When proofreading is completed, they should ask the proofreader to point out where errors are located.

The Writing and Public Speaking Center is available for improving your writing skills.