Elance: Enhance Your Credentials
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Elance: Enhance Your Credentials

Build your reputation online by taking skills tests that validate your strengths in the freelancer market.
3.0 (2 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
18 students enrolled
Last updated 3/2015
English
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 8 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand Elance Test Policies & Rules
  • Improve test results on Elance
  • Practice skills tests without getting penalized
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Requirements
  • An Elance Account
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.

Who is the target audience?
  • New Online Freelancers
  • Registered Freelancers on Elance
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 72 Lectures Collapse All 72 Lectures 56:53
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Policies & Rules
11 Lectures 07:29





Restrictions on changing answers
00:45

Skipping questions
00:39

Instant Results
00:49

Platform test differences
00:32

Elance timing
00:53

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.

Tests and Proposals
00:40
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Navigating Your Way Through Elance Tests
10 Lectures 22:16
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


How to Manage Your Skills List
05:39
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The Right Approach
4 Lectures 01:50
The Right Approach Introduction
00:22

Step 1
00:27

Step 2
00:25

Step 3
00:36
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Trends
7 Lectures 03:44
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
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Test Taking Strategies
9 Lectures 05:08
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
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During the Test
6 Lectures 03:09
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
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Basic Practice Tests
7 Lectures 02:43
Practice Skills Test | Introduction
00:38

English Spelling | About the Practice Test
00:36

English Spelling | Practice Test
00:05

After taking the Samaschool Skills Test you receive an award code. Please enter the award code for credit.
English Spelling | Award Code
1 question

Call Center Work | About the Practice Test
00:41

Call Center Work | Practice Test
00:04

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

Call Center | Award Code
1 question

Office Skills | About the Practice Test
00:34

Office Skills | Practice Test
00:04

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

Office Skills | Award Code
1 question
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Professional Practice Skills Tests
6 Lectures 02:32
Customer Service | About the Practice Test
00:48

Customer Service | Practice Test
00:05

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

Customer Service | Award Code
1 question

Writing & Blogging | About the Practice Test
00:48

Writing & Blogging | Practice Test
00:05

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

Writing & Blogging | Award Code
1 question

Business Writing | About the Practice Test
00:42

Business Writing | Practice Test
00:04

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

Business Writing | Award Code
1 question
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Course Conclusion
3 Lectures 01:32
Help Improve the Course
00:37

Feedback Survey
00:04

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

Feedback Survey | Award Code
1 question

Outro
00:51
About the Instructor
Francisco Fuentes
3.7 Average rating
7 Reviews
48 Students
2 Courses
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.

Casey Anderson
3.7 Average rating
7 Reviews
48 Students
2 Courses
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.