Progressive Achievement Tests in Written Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

Progressive Achievement Tests in Written Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar assess students’ understanding of the standard English language conventions of grammar and punctuation in two multiple-choice assessment components.

Written Spelling requires students to correct a misspelt word in a written sentence. Half the questions in each test have the misspelt word identified and half do not identify the misspelt word. Detailed diagnostic information is provided for the spelling of each word.

Punctuation and Grammar assesses a range of language convention skills including the usage and purposes of grammar and punctuation at the word and sentence level. The skills reflect those outlined in the Australian National Curriculum for English.

Administration

Each test is appropriate for a range of year levels, recommended below. When choosing a suitable test, both the curriculum content of the test and the ability level of the group taking the test should be considered.

Written Spelling covers Year 2 to Year 10 and is reported and normed on the existing PAT Reading Spelling scale. It requires 20 minutes of testing time plus approximately 15 minutes administration time.

  • Test 3 contains 30 questions – Year 2 or 3 or 4
  • Test 4 contains 30 questions – Year 3 or 4 or 5
  • Test 5 contains 30 questions – Year 4 or 5 or 6
  • Test 6 contains 30 questions – Year 5 or 6 or 7
  • Test 7 contains 30 questions – Year 6 or 7 or 8
  • Test 8 contains 30 questions – Year 7 or 8 or 9
  • Test 9 contains 30 questions – Year 8 or 9 or 10
  • Test 10 contains 30 questions – Year 9 or 10

Grammar and Punctuation covers Year 3 to Year 10 and requires 30 minutes of testing time plus approximately 15 minutes administration time.

  • Test 3 contains 35 questions – Year 3 or 4
  • Test 4 contains 35 questions – Year 3 or 4 or 5
  • Test 5 contains 35 questions – Year 4 or 5 or 6
  • Test 6 contains 35 questions – Year 5 or 6 or 7
  • Test 7 contains 35 questions – Year 6 or 7 or 8
  • Test 8 contains 35 questions – Year 7 or 8 or 9
  • Test 9 contains 35 questions – Year 8 or 9 or 10

Note about norms

Norms for each of the testing programs were NOT collected at the same time.

Grammar and Punctuation norms were collected in March. The recommendation is that norms can be matched to the year level you are testing regardless of the time of the year you are testing. If you are testing at the end of the school year, your students’ results will be slightly inflated as they have completed more schooling than the norm reference sample.

Written Spelling norms were collected in September at the same time as the Reading Spelling. Therefore end of year testing is appropriate. Results can then inform end of year reports, and can be passed on to the next year’s teacher as a starting point for instruction.

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