Spelling Tests – Key Facts

  • Spelling tests are unlikely to be used for the Graduate or Managerial Population. Verbal Reasoning tests, which whilst not assessing language skill, will inherently be able to assess this.
  • Candidates are required to complete missing words in sentences from options provided.
  • Guessing is not recommended as negative scoring could reduce your score.

What are Spelling Tests

Spelling tests are normally used for supervisory jobs, or work that requires clerical or administrative duties.

They are are simply a number of questions which are presented in the form of a sentence, with a single word missing. The test taker is required to choose the correctly spelt word from the options provided, which should replace the incorrectly spelt word in the sentence – so that the sentence reads correctly.

Scoring involves the simple addition of the items that the test taker gets correct, however it is important to note that the test taker may be penalised for any items he or she gets wrong. This is a test of spelling, and getting a question wrong indicates a strength in the opposite direction of what an employer may be looking for. This penalty takes the form of negative marking.