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Excellence in Spelling Placement Test

Assessing your Child's Spelling Competence

This program is designed for children 9 years old and up.

There are three levels of the Excellence in Spelling program:

  • Level A (primary)
  • Level B (intermediate)
  • Level C (highest)

By giving your child one or more of the three spelling tests attached, you can determine at which level he/she should begin.

Do not allow your child to see or study the test before you give it, as it would interfere with the accuracy of the placement.

When you administer the test to the children, do not repeat the words in sentences or definitions unless absolutely necessary. Interestingly, research shows that using spelling words in sentences actually lowers a child's score.

(For a child in grades 3-5, give Test I. For students grade 6 and higher, begin with Test II.)

Spelling Placement Test I –for children in Grades 3, 4 & 5 - Level A


flight carried view obtain beg lining
enjoy travel repair prison family kitchen nephew
visit rapid clock helper fortune clerk nineteen
usual beautiful empire engine hungry through vacation
complaint guest mayor loss husband white room
auto entrance wait election amount degree passenger
awful importance trouble department human noticed quiet
favor (favour)


  • Missed 0-6: give test III.
  • Missed 8-16: give test II.
  • Missed 17 or more: begin with the Phonetic Zoo Level A.

Spelling Placement Test II – for children in Grades 6 and up - Level B

guess estimate automobile required really biscuits commence
circular accident various refer celebration bruised compete
argument invitation decide minute folks burglar deceive
volume accept entitle ought ache business discoveries
organize impossible political absence amusement changeable electricity
summon concern national conference approval chimney error
official associate recent Wednesday banana choir exceptions


  • Missed 0-6: begin with the Phonetic Zoo Level C.
  • Missed 7-32: begin with the Phonetic Zoo Level B.
  • Missed 33 or more: begin with the Phonetic Zoo Level A.

Spelling Placement Test III - High School and beyond - Level C

immediate architecture exquisite persevere athletic antique orchestra
convenient development peculiar repeated extreme bicycle parliament
receipt beneficial financier rinsed practical calendar precipice
preliminary contagious intelligent treachery proceed decision restaurant
disappoint artificial mistletoe familiar cordially accuracy seized
especially distillery opportunity appreciate character digestible surgeon
annual employees emergency sincerely February mucilage thoroughly


  • Missed 33 or more: begin with the Phonetic Zoo Level B.
  • Missed less than 32: begin with the Phonetic Zoo Level C

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