NB: Only available to schools and educational establishments based in the Republic of Ireland
Age Range: 5 to 25+ Years
Administration: 20-30 minutes
Qualification Level: A
The Diagnostic Spelling Tests provide a series of standardised group or individual spelling tests for pupils throughout their school years and beyond. Each test is easy to administer and available in parallel forms A and B, which are carefully matched in content, style and difficulty.
Each test gives standardised scores and spelling ages, plus an optional diagnostic facility utilising the photocopiable marking grids in this Manual. To support the diagnosis and an intervention programme, targeted follow-up tests are provided to check specific progress: the pupil’s overall improvement can then be assessed using the parallel form.
Diagnostic Spelling Tests 1-3 are for primary-aged pupils:
- Test 1 – Ages 5-7
- Test 2 – Ages 7-9
- Test 3 – Ages 9-12
All of the target words are read aloud to the pupils. Tests 1 and 2 comprise both picture items and illustrated cloze (‘fill in the gap’) passages, whereas Test 3 is entirely illustrated cloze passages. There is no set time limit, but each test is likely to take 20-30 minutes.
- Primary Starter Kit Contents: Primary Manual plus 1 pack of 10 of all 6 forms
- Primary Specimen Kit Contents: Primary Manual plus 1 single specimen of all 6 forms
- Secondary Manual – no forms required