The Sixteen Words Spelling Test for anyone who thinks they are a good speller
Some or all of these words may be incorrectly spelled. Write them out correctly.
The reason why hardly anyone can spell even these 16 words 'correctly' is because the letters that have been left out are all surplus. There is no need for them to be there, so it is difficult to remember what they are and where to put them.
How did you rate? Hundreds have tried this test, at conferences, exhibitions, schools and games-nights.
16 Primary Teachers at a voluntary
in-service course on teaching spelling - 2 had perfect scores.
45 Experts at an International
conference on Intelligence, 4 perfect scores.
50 Reading Experts at an
International Conference, 12 had perfect scores.
30 Cognitive psychologists at an
International.Conf.erence on Reading, 5 perfect scores.
7 Lawyers concerned with delinquents' illiteracy. No perfect scores . Average score- 12.8
30 Post-graduate teacher trainees. One perfect score. Average score- 12.0
75 Undergraduates. 8 perfect scores. Average score- 12.0
100 Secondary school students, mean age 15, No perfect scores. Average score- 6.9
25 Students of English as a foreign
language undertaking tertiary courses in an Australian
SPELLING ERRORS AND SPELLING REFORMIn the Sixteen Words Test, all the omitted letters are quite unnecessary.
That is why they are so hard to remember - because there is no reason to remember them.
The spellers cannot work out what the omitted letters are or where to replace them, even tho they imediatly identify the words.
Some spelling errors of students and ordinary citizens result
from muddles. Lerners of English and school students may be
uncertain about the real form of the word itself, or not know the
Spelling ability in traditional spelling and preference for it do not necessarily