Institute of Children's Literature - Writing Aptitude Test
by the Faculty and consultants of the
of Children’s Literature®
This test and evaluation
will give you important
information about your potential as a children’s
at no cost or obligation to you.
|To help us spot
potential authors, we’ve developed this revealing test for writing
aptitude. It’s free, and we don’t charge for our evaluation. But
unlike courses that accept all applicants, no one can enroll in
Writing for Children and Teenagers without passing this test.
Those who pass receive our
By the time you finish our course, you will complete at least one
manuscript suitable for submission to an editor or publisher; we’ll
show you how to sell your work to them; and we’ll teach you how to
continue on your own as a freelance writer.
If we accept you for
enrollment, regardless of your beginning level—
You will complete a character study, a descriptive sketch,
professional query letters to editors, five story or article
manuscripts, and the opening chapters of a book—all
by the time you graduate.
The advantages of
Your test results tell us
much more than whether or not you’re ready for our course. They also
help your instructor to determine the right level at which to begin your
As you progress, your
needs and goals will probably change; as they do, your instructor’s
teaching plan for you will change, too. Your instructor’s prime
objective is to help you achieve your writing goals.
Before you begin, please
read the test from beginning to end. Allow yourself plenty of time, then
relax and enjoy this interesting challenge. Just give us your natural
This test performs two
very important functions:
between those who do and those who do not have the potential, in our
opinion, to learn how to write publishable material for children and
Since we promise
every person accepted for enrollment that he or she will complete at
least one manuscript suitable to submit to an editor or a publisher
by the time he or she graduates, we must be certain that those we
accept have the necessary potential to achieve this goal.
applicant’s level of performance in this test also reveals skills
and strengths, as well as weaknesses, that the instructor will take
into account in developing his or her individual teaching plan.
Quite naturally, there are differences in age and life experience,
education, access to children and teenagers, reading and writing
levels, and other factors among those who are accepted for
Our course is
designed to deal with individual differences through its one-on-one
method of instruction.
If you pass this test
and decide to enroll, we will dedicate ourselves to your
satisfaction, and you will receive our guarantee:
If you are not satisfied that you’ve become a better writer and
learned how to market your writing to publishers by the time you’ve
completed our course, you can obtain a full refund.
You are under no obligation
Remember, you are not
now under any obligation for having requested this test, nor will
you be under any obligation when you return it to us for review. It
is a free service. Your test will be read by professional evaluators
and treated with respect and in confidence.
The test is designed
to be enjoyable-to give you the chance to experiment with words and
ideas and to exercise your writing ability. Relax and write in pen
or pencil at a comfortable pace, or use a typewriter or computer.
There are no right or wrong answers. We’re looking for the way you
express yourself naturally.
Good luck—and have fun!
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Connecticut Commissioner of Higher Education and recommended for
college credits by the Connecticut Board for State Academic Awards.
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