The Super Spell Assessment Disk assists teachers (and parents) to efficiently diagnose particular spelling weaknesses across a wide spectrum. Additionally, students can independently assess their own stage of spelling development. The Assessment Disk may be used as a diagnostic spelling program in its own right, or as a companion program to Super Spell 2 Recharged, or with other spelling software.
Incorrect spelling is heavily penalised in our society - so heavily that it keeps people from getting jobs they want or prevents them from moving up to better positions. Inability to spell gives people complexes just as much as unsureness about grammar or proper methods of dress and social behaviour.
The development of literacy skills is vital to every student's success at school. The ability to spell accurately is an integral part of their literacy development. Poor spellers are normally inhibited in their creative writing efforts, they often have low self-esteem which impacts on their performances in other curriculum areas.
The Assessment Disk has four comprehensive spelling tests which consist of a placement test, and three diagnostic tests. These tests establish the user's stage of spelling and will also pinpoint specific spelling weaknesses as well as identifying spelling abilities. Results are compiled for each individual user and saved. The results can also be viewed on the screen or printed.
The SuperSpell "Assessment Disk" identifies which spelling skills are well established, partially established and which skills are not established. The teacher can use this information to determine the areas where work is required and if necessary the user's spelling age. The software will also recommend the appropriate SuperSpell word lists needed to remedy diagnosed spelling problems.
The four tests are drawn from a large built in database of equivalent words, sentences and photographs. High quality English narration is used throughout on all the words and sentences. The user can stop any test at any stage and return to the Main Menu, upon choosing the test again the user has the option of beginning from where the test was stopped or starting the test again.
6 years to adult
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The aim of this test is not to diagnose specific spelling skills but to determine the most appropriate diagnostic test for the user to attempt. If the user was to complete the Placement Test they would be presented with fifty words. Each word which is chosen randomly has five equivalent words - hence there is a database of two hundred and fifty words, sentences and photographs. There are facilities for the user to repeat the spoken word or sentence before they type in the word.
The Placement Test will be truncated if the user has accumulated five errors in the first twenty words. They would be recommended to do Diagnostic Test 1. If the user accumulates five errors in the first thirty-five words the test is truncated and the recommendation is to attempt Diagnostic Test 2, the user also gains access to Diagnostic Test 1. If the user completes the test and accumulates less than five errors they will be recommended to do Diagnostic Test 3, they will also gain access to Diagnostic Test 1 & 2. If they complete the test and accumulate more than five errors they will be recommended to do Diagnostic Test 2.
Diagnostic Test 1
Diagnostic Test 1 contains fifty test words. The aim of this test is to establish the user's competence level in the following spelling skills:
- regular consonant /short vowel /regular consonant words,
- initial and final consonant blends,
- consonant digraphs,
- digraph-consonant blends,
- double consonants,
- forming plurals and simple multisyllabic words.
In Diagnostic Test 1 the user is required to either type in the whole word or only a part of the word which is pinpointing a particular phonic/letter pattern or spelling skill.
Diagnostic Test 2
Diagnostic Test 2 contains sixty test words. The aim of this test is to establish the user's competence level in the following spelling skills:
- long vowel sounds
- vowel digraphs and diphthongs
- vowels before "r"
- silent consonants
- soft consonant sounds
- verb endings and harder plurals
In Diagnostic Test 2 the user is required to either type in the whole word or only a part of the word which is pinpointing a particular phonic/letter pattern or spelling skill.
Diagnostic Test 3
Diagnostic Test 3 contains fifty test words. The aim of this test is to establish the user's competence level in the following spelling skills:
- prefix and suffix in the same word
- homophones and commonly confused words
In the Diagnostic Test 3 the user is required to type in the whole word.