Details of a new ‘back to basics’ test of spelling, punctuation and grammar to be sat by up to 600,000 primary school students next summer were unveiled today by the Department for Education.
The new tests include a 45-minute grammar exam, in which 11-year-old pupils will be expected to answer 45 questions testing their ability to use nouns, verbs, adverbs, prepositions correctly, as well as the proper use of tenses and pronouns “I” and “me”.
The Department for Education has released seven sample questions from the new exam.
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1. Circle all the adverbs in the sentences below:
Excitedly, Dan opened the heavy lid. He paused briefly and looked at the treasure.
2. Circle the adjectives in the sentence below.
The local baker regularly makes fresh bread.
3. Insert three commas in the correct places in the sentence below.
I need to pack a swimming costume some sun cream a hat sunglasses and a towel.
4. Circle all the nouns in the sentence below.
The leaves on our tree turned orange as the weather became colder.
5. A prefix is a letter or a group of letters added to the beginning of a word to make a new word. For example, unhappy.
Put a prefix at the beginning of each word to make it mean the opposite.