APA Citation Practice Quiz

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APA style is used by writers to write concise, effective, and scholarly articles. In this APA citation practice quiz, we’ll be taking a look at your knowledge of the style and guidelines. This quiz contains various types of questions ranging from easy, medium, to complex. It will also provide you with valuable explanations for each answer, so you can hopefully learn something on top of testing your prior knowledge! If you like the quiz, don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Good luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Students who owned computers scored 10 points higher than those who did not own computers.

    • A.

      Need to reference

    • B.

      No need to reference

    Correct Answer
    B. No need to reference
    Explanation
    In this sentence, the information provided is a general statement or observation that does not require a specific reference to a source. It is not presenting specific data, statistics, or research findings that would need to be attributed to a particular source. Therefore, there is no need to include a reference in this case. However, if you were citing specific research or a study that found this result, then you would need to provide a reference to that source.

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  • 2. 

    A new analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that nearly half (48%) of all uninsured children have not had a well-child visit in the past year.

    • A.

      Need to reference

    • B.

      No need to reference

    Correct Answer
    A. Need to reference
    Explanation
    This contains information which is too specific to be considered common knowledge--if you've included it, you must have retrieved it from an outside source. You must attribute the source from which the information came.

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  • 3. 

    The United States of America became a country in 1776.

    • A.

      Need to reference

    • B.

      No need to reference

    Correct Answer
    B. No need to reference
    Explanation
    This is common knowledge--you could find this information anywhere, or likely you already know it. You do not need to cite this type of information.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following statements would need to be referenced?

    • A.

      Internet Explorer is a lot of fun because you can find interesting information.

    • B.

      Internet Explorer has a 96% browser market share as of June 2000.

    • C.

      Internet Explorer is created by Microsoft

    • D.

      Bill Gates is the man who founded the company that creates Internet Explorer.

    • E.

      None of the above.

    Correct Answer
    B. Internet Explorer has a 96% browser market share as of June 2000.
    Explanation
    B is the only one that has information not considered common knowledge. This information must have come from an outside source, and you must give that source credit.

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  • 5. 

    When quoting long sections of material (e.g., of more than 40 words):

    • A.

      Set the quote off with double quotation marks

    • B.

      Indent and use a block format without any quotation marks

    • C.

      Use a single quotation at the beginning and end of the quotation

    • D.

      Use double quotation marks and single spacing

    Correct Answer
    B. Indent and use a block format without any quotation marks
    Explanation
    B explains the proper way to format longer quotations using a block quote format.

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  • 6. 

    When summarizing or paraphrasing a source, be sure to give:

    • A.

      The authors' names

    • B.

      The year of publication

    • C.

      The page number

    • D.

      A & B

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. A & B
    Explanation
    When you do not have a direct quotation, you only need to give the authors' names and the year of publication.

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  • 7. 

    When citing a direct quotation from a source, be sure to give:

    • A.

      The authors' names

    • B.

      The year of publication

    • C.

      The page number

    • D.

      A & B

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above
    Explanation
    When you include a direct quotation, you must give not only the authors' names and the year of publication, but also the page number on which that quotation can be found.

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  • 8. 

    Indicate which is the correct APA in-text citation for the following source: Title: Role of Personality in Determining Value Judgements Authors: Maxine Renee Shaw, Jonathan L. Speaks, Kathleen M. Neal Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology Volume No.: 75 Date Published: 1999 Page Numbers: 558-577

    • A.

      (Maxine Renee Shaw, Jonathan L. Speaks, Kathleen M. Neal, p. 12-15)

    • B.

      (Shaw, Maxine Renee, Speaks, Jonathan L., and Neal, Kathleen M., 2005, p. 12-15)

    • C.

      (Shaw, Speaks, and Neal, 2005, p. 12-15)

    • D.

      (Shaw, Speaks, and Neal, 12-15)

    Correct Answer
    C. (Shaw, Speaks, and Neal, 2005, p. 12-15)
    Explanation
    Direct quotations need the authors' last names, the year of publication, and the page numbers on which the quotation can be found.

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  • 9. 

    To avoid plagiarizing, you should:

    • A.

      Give proper attribution to all sources, and know how to quote correctly

    • B.

      When paraphrasing, rewrite statements completely in your own words

    • C.

      Proofread carefully

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    All of these tasks are crucial to avoiding plagiarism.

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  • 10. 

    Read the new passage and compare it to the original.  Is this appropriate or inappropriate paraphrasing? The original passage: Students frequently overuse direct quotation in taking notes, and as a result they overuse quotations in the final [research] paper. Probably only about 10% of your final manuscript should appear as directly quoted matter. Therefore, you should strive to limit the amount of exact transcribing of source materials while taking notes. Lester, James D. Writing Research Papers. 2nd ed. (1976): 46-47. The new passage: In research papers students often quote excessively, failing to keep quoted material down to a desirable level. Since the problem usually originates during note taking, it is essential to minimize the material recorded verbatim (Lester 46-47). Source: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/research/r_paraphr.html

    • A.

      This is an appropriate paraphrase.

    • B.

      This is an inappropriate paraphrase

    Correct Answer
    A. This is an appropriate paraphrase.
    Explanation
    This is a great paraphrase. The author puts the information from the original into his/her own words, and credits the original source.

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  • 11. 

    Read the new passage and compare it to the original. Is this an example of appropriate or inappropriate paraphrasing? The original passage: Students frequently overuse direct quotation in taking notes, and as a result they overuse quotations in the final [research] paper. Probably only about 10% of your final manuscript should appear as directly quoted matter. Therefore, you should strive to limit the amount of exact transcribing of source materials while taking notes. Lester, James D. Writing Research Papers. 2nd ed. (1976): 46-47. The new passage: Students often use too many direct quotations when they take notes, resulting in too many of them in the final research paper. In fact, probably only about 10% of the final copy should consist of directly quoted material. So it is important to limit the amount of source material copied while taking notes. Source: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/research/r_paraphr.html

    • A.

      This is appropriate paraphrasing

    • B.

      This is inappropriate paraphrasing

    Correct Answer
    B. This is inappropriate paraphrasing
    Explanation
    The new passage is too similar to the original in terms of its word choice and phrasing. Also, the new passage doesn't credit the original at all. Even when paraphrasing and summarizing, you must always cite the original source.

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  • 12. 

    How do you quote correctly?

    • A.

      Give the source. As long as I do that, I don't need to do anything else

    • B.

      Introduce the quotation, format it correctly, use quotation marks, and cite correctly. Thoughtfully integrate the quotation into your writing

    • C.

      Mention the author of the quote and use quotation marks

    • D.

      Mention the author of the quote and no need to add quotation marks

    Correct Answer
    B. Introduce the quotation, format it correctly, use quotation marks, and cite correctly. Thoughtfully integrate the quotation into your writing
    Explanation
     B lists all of the necessary components to quoting successfully. Options A, B, and C only mention one necessary aspect or none.

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Juliette Firla |MA |
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Juliette is a middle school English teacher at Sacred Heart of Greenwich, Connecticut. Juliette earned a BA in English/Language Arts Teacher Education from Elon University (2016-2020) and an MA in Teaching Writing from Johns Hopkins University (Apr 2023-Dec 2025). She holds a Classroom Teacher license from the Connecticut State Department of Education, obtained in July 2021. Juliette possesses strong skills in English language arts, writing, editing, and literature study. She has a deep passion for working with young people and contributing to the education of America's youth in the classroom.

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