Spellings

In the SATs spelling test, a passage of writing is read to you. You will have a copy of the writing but some words will be missing. You need to listen to the missing words carefully and try to spell the word correctly. Here is a compilation of all the words used in the SATs spelling tests from 1996 to 2009. You can use them to prepare for the tests by: 1. Learning the spellings to broaden your vocabulary 2. Use dictionaries to make lists of words which use similar spelling patterns or rules 3. Writing sentences using the words Don’t forget to use kinesthetic methods to learn your spellings!

Strategies for learning your spellings
• • • • • • • • • • • Look, say, cover, write, check With a partner, spell each word out loud. Try using a silly voice for some of the sounds. Say the word in chunks - listen to the different parts of the word. Add a rhythm to the word March on the spot, chanting the letters of the word in rhythm with your marching. Write the letters of each spelling on pieces of card, shuffle them, and then try to put them back together in order. Write the word in the air - say the letters out loud as you do it. Count the number of letters using your fingers. Write the spelling on your partner’s back with your finger. Your partner has to guess the word. Play speedwriting - write a word as many times as you can on a whiteboard or sheet of paper. This will help you to get the ‘feel’ of how it is spelled. Take turns to repeat the letters of the word. Then swap letters

2009 SATs Spellings 1. surrounded 2. traditionally 3. various 4. population 5. large 6. distinctive 7. magical 8. protected 9. availability 10. remain 11. remarkable 12. carrying 13. enormous 14. descent 15. scorching 16. collapsed 17. engulfed 18. unique 19. stunning 20. several

2008 SATs Spellings 1. people 2. luxury 3. delicate 4. articles 5. discovered 6. exclusive 7. permission 8. ordinary 9. amazing 10. unusual 11. precious 12. currency 13. common 14. individuals 15. opportunity 16. during 17. despite 18. fibres 19. remains 20. responsible

2007 SATs Spellings 1. sharp 2. whiskers 3. surveyed 4. lying 5. rigid 6. intruder 7. scattered 8. enough 9. females 10. doubt 11. ravenously 12. approached 13. cautiously 14. bristling 15. sensible 16. height 17. corridor 18. proud 19. straightened 20. voice

2006 SATs Spellings 1. head 2. attention 3. recent 4. additional 5. illuminate 6. probably 7. causing 8. directly 9. effectively 10. distraction 11. surroundings 12. expecting 13. uncomfortable 14. difficult 15. texture 16. fascinating 17. friends 18. vary 19. natural 20. importantly

2005 SATs Spellings 1. washing 2. before 3. healthy 4. disease 5. serious 6. material 7. process 8. essential 9. available 10. survive 11. supply 12. release 13. surprising 14. advantage 15. properties 16. medicine 17. physical 18. varieties 19. remember 20. design

2004 SATs Spellings 1. biggest 2. fighting 3. stopped 4. festival 5. bodies 6. approximately 7. encourage 8. extremely 9. original 10. follow 11. raising 12. symbol 13. highly 14. throughout 15. wrestling 16. transformed 17. judged 18. accuracy 19. audience 20. colourful

2003 SATs Spellings 1. perform 2. involved 3. building 4. qualified 5. disguised 6. ensure 7. smoothly 8. thoroughly 9. planned 10. important 11. knowledge 12. realistic 13. participate 14. tumble 15. challenging 16. escaping 17. special 18. effortless 19. together 20. rehearsed

2002 SATs Spellings 1. stopping 2. emergency 3. destination 4. generally 5. prevent 6. destructive 7. between 8. transported 9. selects 10. released 11. extinguishing 12. carried 13. headquarters 14. important 15. inspecting 16. challenging 17. strength 18. excellent 19. physically 20. families

2001 SATs Spellings 1. ready 2. themselves 3. advertise/ advertize 4. stripes 5. attempts 6. injured 7. future 8. surprise 9. perfectly 10. swimming 11. change 12. produce 13. technique 14. vanishing 15. designed 16. known 17. nastiest 18. individual 19. serious 20. regardless

2000 SATs Spellings 1. first 2. gleaming 3. castles 4. century 5. structures 6. necessary 7. foundations 8. extremely 9. weight 10. passenger 11. climbing 12. importantly 13. expensive 14. pierce 15. difficult 16. preserve 17. environment 18. pollution 19. generation 20. complete

1999 SATs Spellings 1. million 2. amongst 3. creatures 4. different 5. common 6. frequently 7. encounter 8. believe 9. crawl 10. trapped 11. actually 12. slippery 13. aware 14. hedges 15. purpose 16. largest 17. spreading 18. particularly 19. unusual 20. anchors

1998 SATs Spellings 1. most 2. journey 3. interesting 4. exciting 5. cities 6. countryside 7. materials 8. delivered 9. centre 10. required 11. successful 12. known 13. noisy 14. engines 15. capable 16. including 17. carriages 18. developed 19. special 20. invention

1997 SATs Spellings 1. camped 2. hopeful 3. sunny 4. breeze 5. beginning 6. practice 7. arrived 8. mysterious 9. widest 10. carefully 11. direction 12. moving 13. opposite 14. grabbed 15. gradually 16. almost 17. excited 18. creature 19. disappeared 20. believe

1996 SATs Spellings 1. still 2. moment 3. shook 4. remained 5. silence 6. visitors 7. notice 8. crept 9. tallest 10. beautiful 11. stretched 12. disturbed 13. sneeze 14. slipped 15. uncoiled 16. sprawling 17. pieces 18. echoed 19. replaced 20. heard