Spelling US

Measures the candidate’s knowledge of spelling in American English.


The English Spelling (U.S.) test measures the candidate’s knowledge of spelling in American English. Designed for the proficient linguist, this test covers the following topics: spelling abbreviations, plurals, possessives, proper nouns, terminology (including medical, computer, engineering, and legal), and commonly used foreign words.

Job Family: Technical Writer/Editor/Administrative Assistant/Clerical Worker
Time Allowed: 3 min per question/90 min total
Average Testing Time (minutes): 28
Number of Sittings: One
Designed for Unproctored Environment: Yes
Question Format: Multiple Choice – Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) technology dynamically adjusts the test to the level of the test taker resulting in shorter test times, increased accuracy and enhanced security.
Product Category: Clerical

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Competencies Measured

• Spelling Abbreviations
• Plurals
• Possessives
• Proper Nouns
• Terminology
• Commonly Used Foreign Words
• Prefixes
• Suffixes

Test Topics

• Contractions
• States
• Weights and Measures

American Spelling of Commonly Used Foreign Words
• English Origin
• French Origin
• Italian Origin
• Latin Origin
• Other Origin

Common Errors
• c vs. s
• Double Consonants
• Frequently Confused Words
• Frequently Misspelled Words
• g (sound) vs. j (sound)
• g vs. dg
• Homophones (triplets)
• Homophones (twins)
• ie vs. ei
• Silent First Letters
• Unstressed Vowels

• Compound Words
• s vs. es
• Utterly Unpredictable
• With final f
• With final o
• With final y

• Plural Nouns
• Pronouns
• Proper Names
• Singular Nouns

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