DST: Diagnostic Spelling Test

 27.95 225.00



Publication Year: 2006
Age Range: 5 to 25+ Years
Administration: 20-30 minutes
Qualification Code: CL3

NB: RESTRICTED ACCESS: This product may only be purchased by schools (not individuals) in the Republic of Ireland

Diagnostic Spelling Tests (DST): Primary Starter Kit (Covers Tests 1 to 3)

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.

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DST: Primary Starter Kit, DST: Primary Manual, DST: Secondary Manual (no forms required), DST: TEST 1 (Age: 5-7) Parallel Form A, DST: TEST 1 (Age: 5-7) Parallel Form B, DST: TEST 2 (Age: 7-9) Parallel Form A, DST: TEST 2 (Age: 7-9) Parallel Form B, DST: TEST 3 (Age: 9-12) Parallel Form A, DST: TEST 3 (Age: 9-12) Parallel Form B