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WhY will this pack boost my child’s performance?

Spelling practice papers in the right format just don’t seem to exist. This pack gives you 10 mixed spelling exercises to work on that match the Kent Test (and the ISEB Common Pre-test) directly. I have added an additional 10 revision exercises so that they can work through standard questions by theme (and learn what to look out for on the day).



  • An instant download pdf of 20 complete spelling exercises
  • Targeted revision of the key content
  • Each exercise can be printed more than once
  • An experience as near as possible to the spelling element of the Kent Test
  • Exercises and key themes based on my experience of invigilating and marking 2,000+ Kent Test mock exams
  • Exercises are also based on my experience of tutoring 500+ pupils through the new Kent Test,  since its introduction in 2014
  • The confidence of knowing you are preparing your child for this specific (particularly challenging) element of the test based on perfectly-matched examples

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Where is the value in perfecting spelling?

The Kent Test comprises of a comprehension and two further exercises – one spelling and the other punctuation or sentence completion. These two exercises together make up half of the final score for English. Children often find the spelling a big unknown as they find it difficult to spot the hidden errors in the given sentences. Their adjusted score is weighted towards the spelling, making it the most important element of the whole paper.

A spelling exercise counts for a quarter of your child’s adjusted English mark (or potentially more with score-weighting)

This pack will secure the skills needed for a high-scoring performance on the day.

What’s in the download…

For a bit of background, here’s the breakdown of a Kent Test exam paper:

  • Comprehension (usually 12-14 questions, including a couple of synonyms and a parts of speech or imagery question)
  • Spelling (6 questions where the student has to spot a spelling error)
  • Sentence Completion or Punctuation (6 questions on one or the other)

How to use this booklet

Discuss the format with your child.

It may boost your child’s confidence to tackle the second section first. The individually themed exercises will build knowledge before tackling the mixed examples. The final sections ‘Misdirections’ are particularly useful. They demonstrate how a more sophisticated word can draw your eye away from a simple error somewhere else on the line.


a word about the timings…

These exercises are given as part of the English exam. The whole paper is completed in 25 minutes, so with this in mind around 3 to 4 minutes should be enough to complete one of these sets of 6 questions. Explain that they will need to allow a little longer on the day if the board changes the number of questions. They like to keep us on our toes!

Avoid any word of timings until your child is feeling a bit more confident about the subject-matter. Timings are best introduced towards the end of your revision programme.

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