Relevant for all the UK’s curricula, each test covers everyday vocabulary and contains between 30 and 50 words (depending on level), including high frequency, literacy hour and spelling bank words.
Errors on the SWST reveal information about what a pupil knows or needs to learn – this is important since good spelling raises both writing standards and an individual’s self esteem. The tests map on to a set of structured spelling lists that assist in the teaching of spelling by providing a quick and easy reference for finding words with similar visual and phonological patterns.
Why use SWST?
Available in both paper and digital formats Digital users will benefit from instant scoring and reporting, with group and individual results presented in an easy-to-follow format. For paper users, the Online Marking Tool is available.
Iain Hope, the Deputy Head of Primary at the British School Jakarta, explains how a school can use a combination of data from the Progress Test Series ® (PT Series) and Cognitive Abilities Test ® (CAT4) to identify specific needs or ‘dips’ in academic progress.