Write out the sentences below then press the player.

1. Passing this test is ____.
2. Doing the QTS spelling test is ____ .
3. The difference between the two products is ____.
4. He was ____ proud of his achievements.
5. He ____ how much it was.
6. The unions have described the latest pay offer as ____.
7. The deal will be ____ announced on Tuesday.
8. Children normally feel a lot of ____ about their first day at school.
9. This is an ____ study.
10. She ____ to mention that she was going to Yorkshire next week.
11. These documents are ____.
12. The words 'annoyed' and 'irritated' are more or less ____.

After the test I'll go over the spellings letter by letter or you can check them below. Remember to:

  • underline the mistakes
  • analyse the mistakes - why do you think you've made them?
  • think about how you can remember them, what strategies can help you?


    1. achievable

    2. compulsory

    3. negligible

    4. justifiably

    5. exaggerated

    6. unacceptable

    7. formally

    8. anxiety

    9. exhaustive

    10. omitted

    11. irrelevant

    12. synonymous

    Let's go over the spellings and strategies to remember the words, rules and what to look out for.

    1. achievable - you've got 2 rules going on in this word: achieve + able so use the "drop the 'e' rule" with a vowel suffix = achievable, and the "i before e except after c" rule works for this. (There are always exceptions to rules - noticeable, hireable, sizeable, likeable - keep the 'e'. Go to the lesson here)

    2. compulsory (they're testing your knowledge of letter patterns and visual memory - is it ery or ory or ary?) you could use syllable breakdown com /pul /so / ry - say it slow and exaggerated and visualise it, or come up with a memory trick: sorry it's compulsory

    3. negligible - testing your ible/able again. You could use syllable breakdown neg/li/gi/ble. Notice the two i's li/gi - neg li / gi ble. Can you come up with a memory trick?

    4. justifiably = testing your suffix ending rules
    justify + ably: so we have to change the y to i with -ably= justifi + ably = justifiably
    You could use syllable breakdown = jus /ti/ fi/ ably, (see the two i's)

    In the QTS test commentary they say: "Think of the root justify, lose the final 'y' and replace it with 'iably'" justif + iably

    5. exaggerated ( it took me a while to see this word in my mind and I really wanted a pen and paper to scribble the word on.) Are there two g's, two r's? The 'ex' sounds like "eggs!" Can you see the 2 g's in eggs - use that memory trick to remember that there are two g's in exaggerated exaggerate + d = exaggerated. A memory trick could be: "I ate two extra eggs = exaggerated

    6. unacceptable - again the able/ible ending and a prefix 'un'
    un + accept + able: no dropping anything just add the un + able. Go to the -ible/-able lesson here and see how you can use the root word to help you figure out which one to use.

    7. formally - sounds easy but it's about adding the suffix ending -ly. We don't drop the L . formal + ly, usefully = useful + ly, helpfully, naturally, finally... Click here to go to the spelling rules lesson and look out for adding -ly and the exceptions Also go to the Only Use Full When Full lesson

    8. anxiety - this word the QTS site said, "You have to learn by heart"
    You could learn the others in the anxi- pattern: anxiety, anxious, anxiously. Or use a memory trick.

    9. exhaustive - sounds like "eggs or stiff" so you can't use phonics!
    Take notice of the other words in the patterns and make a list: exhaust pipe, exhaustion, exhausting, exact, exactly, exam, exaggerate...

    10. omitted - this is the 1:1:1 doubling up rule click here to go to the lesson

    11. irrelevant - ir+ relevant You can use syllable breakdown ir/re/le/vant
    Notice the 2 x e's irrelevant. For more on some prefix rules click here

    12. synonymous - can you think of any ways to remember this word?

    Key strategies to doing the test are:
    1. Use memory tricks.
    2. Use syllable breakdown to break a word down into small chunks by sounding it out slowly and exaggerated.
    3. Think of a word that sounds like the word and has the same letter pattern.
    4. Use your knowledge of suffixes and prefixes.
    5. Think of the spelling rules - drop the 'e', doubling up 1:1:1 rule, i before e rule
    6. Notice the patterns and vowels in the words.
    7. Use Look Say Cover Write Check to help you learn the words.

    For more about using memory tricks and spelling strategies click here

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