Why, why, oh why do writers fall for scams? (The banging noise you hear is me, hitting my head against my desk.)
The e-testing scam is an old wrinkle. The company gets you to work for free.
I agree with Angela Hoy's advice:
This is Ms. Hoy's answer to the problem, "I, myself, would never take a test to get a job. If we all refused to take these tests, this scam would stop. Legitimate companies hire writers and editors based on their clips, experience and references, not based on "tests.'"
When was the last time you auditioned a plumber or a carpenter? Picture the scene. You say to the hefty balding guy with the toolbelt: "Yes, but first I'd like you to do a little job for me, so I can check your skills."
Heh. You'd be lucky to get away with just verbal abuse.
Think before you leap at a job. Develop your inner cynic. Make this your mantra: "I don’t do auditions."
NEVER take "tests". If you've got a list of credits, that is, people who have paid you for your writing or editing, why would you audition? Pass these so-called jobs by with a merry chuckle. Sleazy bastards are everywhere. Don't let them get rich on your naiveté.