Elance: Enhance Your Credentials

Build your reputation online by taking skills tests that validate your strengths in the freelancer market.
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About This Course

Published 3/2015 English

Course Description

This course offers you information, best strategies, and practice exercises that will help you improve your test scores on Elance. With the use of informational videos, tutorials and screenshares, practice exams, points and other cool resources, this course trains serious freelancers on Elance Skills tests.

This course was made by Samaschool, a non-profit venture that provides workforce education for the digital economy. Start this course now and witness improvements on your test scores right away. Since its launch in 2013, Samaschool has trained over 330 people in urban and rural communities across the United States. Learn more by visiting our website.

Start this course now and witness improvements on your test scores right away.

What are the requirements?

  • An Elance Account

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand Elance Test Policies & Rules
  • Improve test results on Elance
  • Practice skills tests without getting penalized

What is the target audience?

  • New Online Freelancers
  • Registered Freelancers on Elance

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Course Introduction
00:24

Introduction to the course

Skills Test Roadmap
Preview
00:53
What is a Skills Test?
Preview
00:21
Purpose of Skills Test Course
Preview
00:22
Introduction to Informational Videos
Preview
00:22
Why Skills Tests are Important
Preview
00:53
Purpose of Practice Skills Test
Preview
00:43
Instructor Introduction
Preview
00:40
User Survey
Article
User Survey Award Code
1 question
Section 2: Policies & Rules
Introduction to Elance policies and rules
Preview
00:24
Test instructions on Elance
Preview
00:53
Elance and Smarterer
Preview
00:24
Elance retesting policy
Preview
00:45
Final answer
Preview
00:45
Restrictions on changing answers
00:45
Skipping questions
00:39
Instant Results
00:49
Platform test differences
00:32
Elance timing
00:53
00:40

In the past, I have noticed other competitors who completed test with no mistakes in less than three minutes. This is almost impossible. I started my research in 2013 to figure out why people were cheating and how they accomplished this using oDesk.

These are the facts that I collected about cheaters online using oDesk:

  1. Competitors worked with agencies and were usually a few months old on oDesk.
  2. Their profiles were written with poor english more often than not.
  3. Displayed tests on cheater profiles were usually 100% perfect every time.
  4. Cheaters completed every test in under 10 minutes on the first try.
  5. Cheater's basic tests were scored at 100% and were completed in around 3 minutes time.
  6. Perfect English spelling and written test scores were usually better than the written English found on their Overview & Services sections of their profile.
  7. Many applicants belonged to agencies with other freelancers who had the same test scores.

Based on the evidence, it appears that agencies are helping their freelancers cheat on tests. I am totally fine with helping others be empowered to take tests. That is why this course was created. However, helping others to cheat employs deceit tactics that effect clients and the competition which ultimately tarnishes the industry. Test fraud prevention continues to be very important for platforms. That is why you will discover test platforms change over time to account for the many ways these platforms can be exploited by users. Thankfully, and due to changes in the programming for Skills Tests, there are less total cheaters today on platforms like oDesk and Elance then there were one or two years ago.

This video was made to follow the video about cheaters online using oDesk, not Elance. Regardless of possible cheaters out there on any platform, this video is intended to encourage you to stay focused on yourself and pay no mind to cheaters. Trust that the clients you want to work for will verify a candidate's profile and hire the right person for the task or project. In any bid you make to a potential client, focus on yourself. Always highlight your strengths and potential contributions. That way you gain their confidence and build your freelancer base with loyal clients.

Section 3: Navigating Your Way Through Elance Tests
Introduction
00:23
Getting Started
01:43
Skills Management
01:35
Finding & Adding Skills
01:58
Which Test to Take?
01:30
Test Instructions
02:21
Taking the Test
03:12
Display Your Skills
01:10
Display Your Top Skills on Your Profile
Preview
02:45
How to Manage Your Skills List
05:39
Section 4: The Right Approach
The Right Approach Introduction
00:22
Step 1
00:27
Step 2
00:25
Step 3
00:36
Section 5: Trends
Trends Introduction
00:23
Importance
00:33
Verification
00:34
Client Survey
00:39
Improving Hireability
00:34
Popular Tests
00:30
Trends Conclusion
00:31
Section 6: Test Taking Strategies
Test Strategies Introduction
00:17
How Much Time Do You Have?
00:44
Time Management
00:14
Directions
00:47
Materials
00:41
Guessing
00:33
Test Times and Cheating
00:45
Test Syllabus
00:19
A Note on Cheating
00:48
Section 7: During the Test
Getting Started on the Test
00:23
Read the Question
00:29
Reread the Question
00:42
Keywords
00:47
Think Before You Look
00:28
Read the Answers Carefully
00:20
Section 8: Basic Practice Tests
Practice Skills Test | Introduction
00:38
English Spelling | About the Practice Test
00:36
English Spelling | Practice Test
Article
1 question
After taking the Samaschool Skills Test you receive an award code. Please enter the award code for credit.
Call Center Work | About the Practice Test
00:41
Call Center Work | Practice Test
Article
1 question

After taking the Samaschool Skills Test you receive an award code. Please enter the award code for credit.

Office Skills | About the Practice Test
00:34
Office Skills | Practice Test
Article
1 question

After taking the Samaschool Skills Test you receive an award code. Please enter the award code for credit.

Section 9: Professional Practice Skills Tests
Customer Service | About the Practice Test
00:48
Customer Service | Practice Test
Article
1 question

After taking the Samaschool Skills Test you receive an award code. Please enter the award code for credit.

Writing & Blogging | About the Practice Test
00:48
Writing & Blogging | Practice Test
Article
1 question

After taking the Samaschool Skills Test you receive an award code. Please enter the award code for credit.

Business Writing | About the Practice Test
00:42
Business Writing | Practice Test
Article
1 question

After taking the Samaschool Skills Test you receive an award code. Please enter the award code for credit.

Section 10: Course Conclusion
Help Improve the Course
00:37
Feedback Survey
Article
1 question

After taking the Feedback Survey you receive an award code. Please enter the award code for credit.

Outro
00:51

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Instructor Biography

Francisco Fuentes, Professor & Professional Trainer

Francisco brings a decade of extensive teaching experience in higher education. Francisco personally taught the first pilot program for Samaschool and now works to further refine the SamaUSA curriculum to best serve student learning outcomes. In addition, Francisco is responsible for training and supporting instructors at all Samaschool locations. Francisco began his career in higher education as a doctoral student at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His experience has focused on curriculum development, producing multimedia content, and crafting learning tools with learning experience design in mind. He has taught at UC Berkeley, Santa Barbara Community College, UC Santa Barbara, and Cal State University Los Angeles. Francisco completes his Ph.D. in the summer of 2015.

Instructor Biography

Casey Anderson, E-Learning Fellow at Samaschool

As the E-Learning Fellow at Samaschool, Casey helped to design, create, and build Samaschool's first online-only pilot course. From that experience Casey has helped develop a new and improved Samaschool online course on Udemy. Her New Sector Fellowship focuses upon professional development skills for the social sector.

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