I Applied for a Freelance Writing Job and Flunked the Writing Test


Linda Kowalchek
5 min readJan 27


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Nothing is more humiliating than being turned down for a job you don’t want. Except for being told you are too stupid for a job you don’t want.

This isn’t the first time this has happened to me. It’s the third time. But not for the same job.

The first time this happened to me, I wrote about it here:

The second time it happened, I never told anyone. Until now.

See, the second time I failed a freelance gig test; it went something like this. I took the test. And I failed the test. But the people at the agency really needed people for the job, so they told me to take the test again.

And this time, they shared a nugget of wisdom.

They told me the way tests are taken these days works this way. You log onto your computer and start the test. Then, if you come across a question that you aren’t 100% sure you know the answer to, you take out your phone or iPad or open a new window on your browser and use Google to answer the question correctly. Doing this guarantees that you will pass the test.

I told them I come from a generation where what they told me to do would be considered cheating. But they told me this is how the test is intended to be taken, and it’s perfectly acceptable to use Google to find answers.

Oh, okay. So, that is what I did. And I got the job.

And then they ran out of work for me and cast me aside like a dirty rag.

I hated that job, anyway. I was miserable. I likely got what I deserved for cheating on the test.


Right now, my writing jobs have only minimal work for me to do, so I decided to see what is out there online in the glorious world of freelance writing.

I went to a site where you can apply for various writing jobs. Because I’m somewhat of a masochist, I found a job that paid a per-word…



Linda Kowalchek

Member of the typewriter generation. I write about the writer’s journey and things that happen to me. 100% AI free. Reach me at Linda.kowalchek@gmail.com