I recommend teachers test the students at the beginning of a Level using the South Australian Spelling Test. To assess progress, repeat the test at the end of the Level (after 9 to 12 months).  

Download the South Australian Spelling Test and the Answer Template here:


The result of SA Spelling Test will be an estimate of the spelling age which can help determine at which Level the student should start – see the Table below.    

Additionally, you can test the students on the “Must Know” words from Level 1, 2 or 3 (Link here). Start them on Level 1, or the lowest level, or where they make more than 10% errors in the "Must Know" words to that Level. e.g. 5 errors or more in 50 words in Level 2.   

If you are uncertain where to start, always choose the lower level, as the student will progress quickly and learn skills and concepts they may have missed or not understood. 

You can also photocopy a Unit from the print version of each Level.  Get them to complete the exercises to determine which Level is suitable for them to start the program.

Level
SA Spelling Test
Spelling Age


Score

Years  Months


< 13 (will struggle)

< 6 yrs 1 mnth


13 to 23
(extra remedial work needed)

6 01 to 6 11 

Level 1

24 to 29

7 00 to 7 11

Level 2

30 to 33

8 00 to 8 11

Level 3

34 to 37  

9 00 to 9 11

Level 4

38 to 41 

10 00 to 10 11

Level 5

41 to 44 

11 00 to 11 11