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2021 Reach Assessments - Spelling

2021 Reach Assessments - Spelling

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Skill Areas

Students are assessed at spelling words in different contexts including:

  • Dictation
  • Proofreading
  • Applying rules and conventions.


The words assessed range from frequently-used/ common words with simple spelling patterns to less frequently-used/less common and technical words with difficult or unusual spelling patterns.

These words can be organised under four types of spelling knowledge:

  • Visual: using memory of the visual features of a word
  • Phonological: using sound-letter relationships
  • Morphological: using parts of words to build word families
  • Etymological: using word origins and derivations.