Hello, Thank you for reading. I’m currently completing a course in basic proofreading by the Publishing Training Centre. The aim is to be able to take on some freelance work should I ever want to in the future. I’ve found the course challenging but am enjoying it and have learnt a lot. I have just completed the first module, submitting my first assignment and first set of exercises last week. I’ve received the feedback today and just missed out on a pass. If I’m very honest, I can completely understand why I have received the mark I did by looking at the feedback. After completing the exercises, I have begun to understand my weaknesses, and from that, I never expected to do amazingly well on the assignment. However, I didn’t expect to fail, and this has had a massive effect on my confidence. How can I ever expect to be a competent proofreader if I can’t even pass the first assignment? The fact that it is a proofreading qualification, where you really can’t afford to miss or make an error, has added to my worries. To take a positive stance, it’s obvious that I needed this setback to grow and improve: I now have a much clearer understanding of where I need to focus my attention (and not find errors where there are none!). I’m also looking at the course with a renewed sense of enthusiasm, determined to do even better as I work my way through the modules. My questions are these: has anyone (who has followed any professional training course) failed an assignment or module? How did you take it? Did you continue with the training or quit before you crashed and burnt? Or did you improve, being able to pass with flying colours? Any advice, from other proofreaders or anyone, would be appreciated. I’d love to continue, but if I’m not cut out for it, I’d rather be told. Thank you and stay safe.