KS2 tests Today: English grammar, punctuation and spelling test

Today the pupils in Year Six will be sitting their English grammar, punctuation and spelling test, otherwise known as the SPAG test.
Below are the details of how the tests are set out as outlined by the DFE guidance on the 2014 key stage 2 tests: We hope you find this information useful. The pupils have practised similar style papers over the recent months and are familiar with the style of questions. 
We wish the pupils 'Hatzlacha Rabba' the best of luck with the rest of the exams.

English grammar, punctuation and spelling test 2014

Levels 3-5

The English grammar, punctuation and spelling test at levels 3-5 has two components, worth a total of 70 marks:

  • a booklet of short-answer questions
  • a spelling task

Paper 1, the short-answer questions, consists of between 40 and 50 questions assessing grammar, punctuation and vocabulary. Each question is worth one or two marks with a total for the paper of 50 marks. The questions are:

  • selected response items (such as multiple choice questions) or
  • short, open response items, in which children may have to write a word, a few words or a sentence.

Paper 2, the spelling task, consists of 20 sentences, which are read aloud by the test administrator. Each sentence has a word missing which the child must complete. The task is worth a total of 20 marks.

Level 6

Schools may choose to administer the level 6 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test in addition to the levels 3-5 test. The level 6 test consists of three components, worth a total of 50 marks:

  • an extended task
  • a booklet of short-answer questions
  • a spelling task

Paper 1, the extended task, carries a total of 14 marks. It assesses children’s grammar, punctuation and vocabulary through a short piece of writing.

Paper 2, the short-answer booklet, consists of between 18 and 21 questions assessing grammar, punctuation and vocabulary. Each question is worth one or two marks with a total for the paper of 21 marks. The questions are:

  • selected response items (such as multiple choice questions) or
  • short, open response items, in which children may have to write a word, a few words or a sentence.

Paper 3, the spelling task, consists of 15 sentences, which are read aloud by the test administrator. Each sentence has a word missing which the child must complete. The task is worth a total of 15 marks.

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