The focus of this page is Literacy Tips. In particular the following:
- Grammar test practice – Literacy tips
- Spelling test practice – Literacy tips
- Punctuation test practice – Literacy tips
Grammar Test practice tips
- Good grammar requires consistency. So check that the tenses, the pronouns, the case, and the person are consistent throughout the set of statements.
- Listen out for examples of incorrect grammar in your everyday life – they shouldn’t be hard to find! Think about what is wrong – and what the correct phrasing should be.
- It might appear to contradict previously given advice, but I think it’s key to take your time with the grammar test. Carefully read and interpret the sentences – many of the options will be similar, and you need to pay close attention to detail in order to spot the errors.
Punctuation practice tips
- Do an initial run-through of the text picking up the easiest punctuation errors. Then do a more careful sweep. Do a final check – time permitting – to ensure that you haven’t missed anything out.
- It’s impossible to predict where the errors will appear, but it is likely that the errors will be spread out across the entire passage. This means that most sentences will contain at least one error.
- Remember that punctuation needs to be consistent. For example, if the passage contains a list with items separated by semi-colons except for one item separated by a comma, then you should change the comma to a semi-colon.
- In some instances, punctuation is a matter of personal preference. For example, some people like to use dashes, other people prefer parentheses. If you are unsure look at how the rest of the passage is punctuated. Make sure that whatever corrections you make are consistent with the rest of the passage.
Spelling test practice tips
- Remember to go back and listen to a word again if you have time and are unsure of your answer.
- This is not a “spelling bee” where you will be asked to spell progressively harder words. Instead, the words that you are being tested on are those that many pupils regularly use incorrectly. In other words, these are exactly the mistakes that a teacher needs to recognise and correct!
- Memorize the correct spelling of any words you misspell on the practice test.
- Re-learn a few simple spelling rules if you have forgotten them. For example, i before e except after c. Also, to make a word ending in “y” a plural add “ies”. For example, party becomes parties (not partys!).
- Learning how to spell a new word is easier when you say it aloud. Can you work out how to write it based on how it sounds?