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Single Word Spelling Test (SWST)

Author(s): Lesley Socre and Jackie Masterson
Publisher: GL Assessment, 2001
SKU code: 990SWS
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Range: 6-14 Years

Administration: Group

Time: Approximately 30 Minutes

Purpose: To identify gaps in spelling skills, track progress over time and provide teachers with information for effective planning of spelling instruction.

The Single Word Spelling Test (SWST) comprises a series of nine standardised tests designed to assess spelling attainment. Each test covers everyday vocabulary and contains between 30 and 50 words (depending on level), including high frequency, literacy hour and spelling bank words.

The group test takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and provides:

  • Spelling Ages
  • Standard Scores
  • Percentile Ranks
  • Progress Scores
  • Structured Analysis of Spelling Errors
  • Supplementary Assessments
  • Structured Spelling Lists.

Errors on the SWST reveal information about what a pupil knows or needs to learn. The tests map on to a set of structured spelling lists that assist in the teaching of spelling by providing a quick and easy reference for finding words with similar visual and phonological patterns.

Pupils write their spellings on a photocopiable A4 answer sheet which the teacher then analyses for errors. Along with a handy reference guide for you to use with each pupil SWST includes supplementary assessments and a structured analysis of spelling errors.

The SWST includes:

  • Teacher's Manual (containing all 9 tests)
  • Photocopiable answer sheet and group record sheet.

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Author(s): Lesley Socre and Jackie Masterson