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SAT Practice: Grammar, Vocabulary and Punctuation 3 (2013)

In this test students practise answering questions similar to those contained in the 2013 Key Stage 2 Grammar, Vocabulary and Punctuation short answer paper.

'SAT Practice: Grammar, Vocabulary and Punctuation 3 (2013)' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Practice Papers

Curriculum subtopic:  SAT Practice Papers

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

This worksheet contains questions similar to those you will find in the 2013 Key Stage 2 Grammar, Vocabulary and Punctuation short answer test.

 

 

You can use it if you have already completed the earlier tests and would like some more practice. The questions are different in each test but they are at the same level.

 

You can work your way through the test like a normal worksheet or you can treat it like a test and time yourself. The actual test takes 45 minutes, but if you are quite slow at typing you could give yourself a little longer.

 

You can use this worksheet to give you a guide as to which areas of English you need to brush up on. For example, if you struggle with questions about speech marks you can go back and do the worksheets that teach you about speech marks.

Choose the best conjunction to complete the sentence below.

 

Joshua was feeling ill __________ he went to the doctor.

because

unless

so

yet

Tick the correct verb form to complete the following sentence.

 

Dad buys us an ice cream every time we __________ to the beach.

goes

went

go

going

Read the sentence below and then tick the words that are adverbs.

 

Sunil worked hard and finished his homework quickly.

Sunil

worked

hard

finished

homework

quickly

Type out the following sentence again, putting in capital letters where they are needed.

 

in the easter holidays liam went to london and saw buckingham palace.

Read the sentence below and tick the subordinate clause.

 

When we got to the party, all my friends were already there.

When we got to the party

all my friends were already there.

Tick the sentence that uses inverted commas correctly.

"When can I go home"? asked Karla.

"When can I go home? asked Karla."

"When can I go home?" asked Karla.

Tick the ending that turns the verb help into an adjective.

helper

helping

helps

helpful

Read the sentence below and decide whether the apostrophe has been used for omission or possession.

 

Jonny's baby brother is called Joe.

omission

possession

Which word in the following sentence is a preposition? Type it in the answer box.

 

Jessica waited underneath the railway bridge.

Read the sentence below.

 

We went to the cinema and saw a really good film.

 

Is the underlined section a phrase or a clause?

phrase

clause

Which of the words in the list is closest in meaning to apprehensive in the following sentence?

 

Katie was apprehensive about moving house.

excited

angry

anxious

pleased

Choose either I or me to complete the following sentence.

 

My friend Archie and ______ play in the school cricket team.

I

me

Choose the correct verb to complete each of the sentences below. Hover your mouse over the boxes on the left if you can't read the whole sentence.

Column A

Column B

The children ______ finished their homework.
have
We ______ going to London next weekend.
has
My auntie ______ come to visit us.
are
Peter ______ playing his guitar in assembly tomorr...
is

Decide whether the following sentence is a statement, a question or a command.

 

I am eleven years old.

statement

question

command

Match these sentences with their most likely punctuation.

Column A

Column B

Help me
.
Can I go home now
!
It's getting late
?

Read the following sentences and decide whether the underlined words are nouns, verbs or adjectives.

 

The sun blazed down on the crowded beach. Jake and Kayla were happy swimming in the cool blue sea.

nouns

verbs

adjectives

The same word can be used to complete both of the sentences below. Write it in the answer box.

 

The waves washed over the __________ of the boat.


The musician gave a __________ to the audience after he finished playing.

Read the three sentences below and tick the one that contains two clauses.

We tidied the classroom before we went home.

We are putting on a play at the end of term.

I am really looking forward to the school holidays.

Read the sentences below and tick the one that uses commas correctly.

We took, our fishing rods, some bait and a packed lunch.

We took our fishing rods some bait, and a packed lunch.

We took our fishing rods, some bait and a packed lunch.

We took our, fishing rods, some bait and a packed lunch.

Read the following sentence and then match the words in the list with their word class.

 

The hippo opened its huge jaws and yawned loudly.

Column A

Column B

hippo
adjective
yawned
noun
huge
adverb
loudly
verb

Which word in the sentence below is a conjunction? Write it in the answer box.

 

James watched television while Edward read a book.

The following sentence should contain three commas. Type it out again with commas in the correct places. Remember that the commas go straight after the word without a space before them.

 

Gran got a bunch of flowers a box of chocolates some books a new hat and a handbag for her birthday.

One of these 'sentences' should be written as two separate sentences. Which one?

Kyle likes tennis but Adil prefers cricket.

I love singing although I am not very good at it.

Jenna went to Paris last summer she loved it there.

I have a pet hamster and my sister has a guinea pig.

Tick the adverbs in the following sentence.

 

The woolly sheep bleated loudly when the rain started and ran quickly into the dry barn.

woolly

sheep

bleated

loudly

ran

quickly

dry

barn

The word incense has more than one meaning.

 

Tick two definitions of the word from the list below.

something that does not make sense

a spice that is burned to produce a sweet smell

to make someone very angry

to build a fence around something

Read the following sentences and tick the ones that are commands.

Petra dropped her plate on the floor.

Pick it up now.

It's broken.

Mind you don't cut yourself on the pieces.

Shall I put them in the bin?

Which of the words in the list means the opposite of complicated?

different

tangled

difficult

straightforward

Choose the correct form of the verb to complete the sentence below.

 

My twin sisters always __________ the same clothes so nobody can tell them apart.

wear

wears

wearing

A prefix is a letter or group of letters added to the beginning of a word to make a new word.  

for example: un helpful = unhelpful 

 

Add the correct prefix to the beginning of the word regular to make a word that means the opposite.

Type out the following sentence again, adding inverted commas in the correct places.

 

I love football, said Amir. My favourite team is West Ham.

Write a contraction to replace the underlined words in the following sentence.

 

You should not run across roads because it is dangerous.

Tick the article in the following sentence.

 

After the film they went to George's house.

after

the

film

they

went

to

George's

house

Read the following sentence.

 

My friend Natalie is starting her new School in Manchester in September.

 

Which of the words should not have a capital letter at the beginning?

My

Natalie

School

Manchester

September

Choose the best connective to complete each of the following sentences.

 

1) Sally waited outside __________ her mother talked to the headteacher.

 

2) She was worried __________ she thought she might be in trouble.

 

3) __________, the headteacher was very pleased with her.

Column A

Column B

sentence 1
because
sentence 2
however
sentence 3
while

Read the following sentence and decide which of the words is a pronoun. Write it in the answer box.

 

After the boys went fishing they went to the cinema.

All the words in the list are the same in the singular and the plural except one. Tick the odd one out.

deer

goose

sheep

moose

Tick the word in the list that is closest in meaning to atrocious.

ugly

dreadful

complex

difficult

Tick the sentence that uses brackets correctly.

(Bob my piano teacher) says I am doing well.

Bob my piano teacher says (I am doing well).

(Bob my piano) teacher says I am doing well.

Bob (my piano teacher) says I am doing well.

Change the underlined verb into the present tense and write the sentence out again.

 

Yasmina wore her new dress every day.

The sentence below contains an adverb. Write it in the answer box.

 

Padma played her violin well in the concert.

Add a comma in the correct place to separate the clauses in the sentence below.

 

Even though she is very small my sister is quite strong.

Is the following noun in the singular form or the plural form?

 

teeth

singular

plural

Which ending can be added to the adjective unhappy to make it into a noun?

unhappier

unhappiness

unhappily

Which of the words in the list is a compound word?

woman

untidy

playground

helping

The words in the list are all articles. Tick the one that is a definite article.

a

an

the

Tick the sentence that uses an apostrophe correctly.

Peters' bicycle was in the garage.

Peters bicycle' was in the garage.

Peter's bicycle was in the garage.

Read the following sentence and decide whether the underlined part is the main clause or the subordinate clause.

 

William, who was very tired, fell asleep in the back of the car.

main clause

subordinate clause

What is the superlative form of the adjective fast?

faster

fastest

Read the following sentence.

 

The hard bench was very uncomfortable to sit on.

 

What is the word class of the underlined word?

noun

verb

adjective

adverb

Change both the verbs in the following sentence into the past tense. Write the whole sentence in the answer box.

 

Sunil gets up early and goes to school on the bus.

  • Question 1

Choose the best conjunction to complete the sentence below.

 

Joshua was feeling ill __________ he went to the doctor.

CORRECT ANSWER
so
EDDIE SAYS
The conjunction 'because' would be appropriate if it was at the beginning of the sentence:
Because Joshua was feeling ill, he went to the doctor.
  • Question 2

Tick the correct verb form to complete the following sentence.

 

Dad buys us an ice cream every time we __________ to the beach.

CORRECT ANSWER
go
EDDIE SAYS
The subject (we) is plural so the correct form is 'go'.
  • Question 3

Read the sentence below and then tick the words that are adverbs.

 

Sunil worked hard and finished his homework quickly.

CORRECT ANSWER
hard
quickly
EDDIE SAYS
Adverbs describe the way an action is carried out. The adverb 'hard' describes how Sunil worked and the adverb 'quickly' describes how he finished his homework.
  • Question 4

Type out the following sentence again, putting in capital letters where they are needed.

 

in the easter holidays liam went to london and saw buckingham palace.

CORRECT ANSWER
In the Easter holidays Liam went to London and saw Buckingham Palace.
EDDIE SAYS
Names of special days, people and places all need capital letters. A sentence always begins with a capital letter.
  • Question 5

Read the sentence below and tick the subordinate clause.

 

When we got to the party, all my friends were already there.

CORRECT ANSWER
When we got to the party
EDDIE SAYS
The subordinate clause does not make sense on its own.
  • Question 6

Tick the sentence that uses inverted commas correctly.

CORRECT ANSWER
"When can I go home?" asked Karla.
EDDIE SAYS
Inverted commas go around the words actually spoken. Question marks and other punctuation go inside the inverted commas.
  • Question 7

Tick the ending that turns the verb help into an adjective.

CORRECT ANSWER
helpful
EDDIE SAYS
An adjective describes a noun. In the following sentence the adverb 'helpful' describes the noun 'Josie':
Josie was a helpful girl.
  • Question 8

Read the sentence below and decide whether the apostrophe has been used for omission or possession.

 

Jonny's baby brother is called Joe.

CORRECT ANSWER
possession
EDDIE SAYS
The adjective shows that the baby brother belongs to Jonny.
  • Question 9

Which word in the following sentence is a preposition? Type it in the answer box.

 

Jessica waited underneath the railway bridge.

CORRECT ANSWER
underneath
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'underneath' is a preposition of place. It tells us where Jessica was waiting.
  • Question 10

Read the sentence below.

 

We went to the cinema and saw a really good film.

 

Is the underlined section a phrase or a clause?

CORRECT ANSWER
clause
EDDIE SAYS
A clause has a subject (we) and a verb (went). A phrase can have either nouns or verbs, but not both.
  • Question 11

Which of the words in the list is closest in meaning to apprehensive in the following sentence?

 

Katie was apprehensive about moving house.

CORRECT ANSWER
anxious
EDDIE SAYS
The best way to widen your vocabulary is to read a lot. Try to note down new words and look them up to see what they mean.
  • Question 12

Choose either I or me to complete the following sentence.

 

My friend Archie and ______ play in the school cricket team.

CORRECT ANSWER
I
EDDIE SAYS
The correct word is 'I' because the speaker is the subject of the sentence (he is playing in the team with his friend).
  • Question 13

Choose the correct verb to complete each of the sentences below. Hover your mouse over the boxes on the left if you can't read the whole sentence.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

The children ______ finished thei...
have
We ______ going to London next we...
are
My auntie ______ come to visit us...
has
Peter ______ playing his guitar i...
is
EDDIE SAYS
The best way to tackle this one is to try out the alternatives and see which one makes sense.
  • Question 14

Decide whether the following sentence is a statement, a question or a command.

 

I am eleven years old.

CORRECT ANSWER
statement
EDDIE SAYS
A statement expresses a fact or opinion.
  • Question 15

Match these sentences with their most likely punctuation.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Help me
!
Can I go home now
?
It's getting late
.
EDDIE SAYS
A question mark is always used at the end of a question. Exclamation marks are not essential, but are helpful for the reader.
  • Question 16

Read the following sentences and decide whether the underlined words are nouns, verbs or adjectives.

 

The sun blazed down on the crowded beach. Jake and Kayla were happy swimming in the cool blue sea.

CORRECT ANSWER
adjectives
EDDIE SAYS
Adjectives describe nouns.
  • Question 17

The same word can be used to complete both of the sentences below. Write it in the answer box.

 

The waves washed over the __________ of the boat.


The musician gave a __________ to the audience after he finished playing.

CORRECT ANSWER
bow
EDDIE SAYS
The two words are both related to shape. When a person bows he makes a pointed shape with his body like the front of a boat.
  • Question 18

Read the three sentences below and tick the one that contains two clauses.

CORRECT ANSWER
We tidied the classroom before we went home.
EDDIE SAYS
Each clause in a sentence must contain a verb. In this sentence the verbs are 'tidied' and 'went'.
  • Question 19

Read the sentences below and tick the one that uses commas correctly.

CORRECT ANSWER
We took our fishing rods, some bait and a packed lunch.
EDDIE SAYS
Commas are used to separate items in a list. A comma is not placed before the first item on the list.
  • Question 20

Read the following sentence and then match the words in the list with their word class.

 

The hippo opened its huge jaws and yawned loudly.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

hippo
noun
yawned
verb
huge
adjective
loudly
adverb
EDDIE SAYS
'Jaws' is also a noun.
  • Question 21

Which word in the sentence below is a conjunction? Write it in the answer box.

 

James watched television while Edward read a book.

CORRECT ANSWER
while
EDDIE SAYS
A conjunction links two words or clauses in a sentence.
  • Question 22

The following sentence should contain three commas. Type it out again with commas in the correct places. Remember that the commas go straight after the word without a space before them.

 

Gran got a bunch of flowers a box of chocolates some books a new hat and a handbag for her birthday.

CORRECT ANSWER
Gran got a bunch of flowers, a box of chocolates, some books, a new hat and a handbag for her birthday.
Gran got a bunch of flowers, a box of chocolates, some books, a new hat and a handbag for her birthday.
EDDIE SAYS
A comma is not normally placed before the 'and' in a list, although it is not wrong to do so.
  • Question 23

One of these 'sentences' should be written as two separate sentences. Which one?

CORRECT ANSWER
Jenna went to Paris last summer she loved it there.
EDDIE SAYS
The two sentences should read as follows:
Jenna went to Paris last summer. She loved it there.
  • Question 24

Tick the adverbs in the following sentence.

 

The woolly sheep bleated loudly when the rain started and ran quickly into the dry barn.

CORRECT ANSWER
loudly
quickly
EDDIE SAYS
An adverb describes how an action is carried out. 'Loudly' describes how the sheep bleated and 'quickly' describes how they ran.
  • Question 25

The word incense has more than one meaning.

 

Tick two definitions of the word from the list below.

CORRECT ANSWER
a spice that is burned to produce a sweet smell
to make someone very angry
EDDIE SAYS
The words both come an old French word meaning 'to burn'.
  • Question 26

Read the following sentences and tick the ones that are commands.

CORRECT ANSWER
Pick it up now.
Mind you don't cut yourself on the pieces.
EDDIE SAYS
A command is a sentence telling somebody what to do.
  • Question 27

Which of the words in the list means the opposite of complicated?

CORRECT ANSWER
straightforward
EDDIE SAYS
Words that mean the opposite of each other are called antonyms.
  • Question 28

Choose the correct form of the verb to complete the sentence below.

 

My twin sisters always __________ the same clothes so nobody can tell them apart.

CORRECT ANSWER
wear
EDDIE SAYS
There are two subjects (the twin sisters) so the correct form is 'wear'.
  • Question 29

A prefix is a letter or group of letters added to the beginning of a word to make a new word.  

for example: un helpful = unhelpful 

 

Add the correct prefix to the beginning of the word regular to make a word that means the opposite.

CORRECT ANSWER
irregular
EDDIE SAYS
There is no fixed rule to determine which prefix to use when making words into their opposites. They just need to be learnt.
  • Question 30

Type out the following sentence again, adding inverted commas in the correct places.

 

I love football, said Amir. My favourite team is West Ham.

CORRECT ANSWER
"I love football," said Amir. "My favourite team is West Ham."
'I love football,' said Amir. 'My favourite team is West Ham.'
EDDIE SAYS
The inverted commas go around the words actually spoken. Punctuation (such as full stops and commas) at the end of the speech goes inside the inverted commas.
  • Question 31

Write a contraction to replace the underlined words in the following sentence.

 

You should not run across roads because it is dangerous.

CORRECT ANSWER
shouldn't
EDDIE SAYS
The apostrophe is placed where a letter (o) has been missed out.
  • Question 32

Tick the article in the following sentence.

 

After the film they went to George's house.

CORRECT ANSWER
the
EDDIE SAYS
The words 'the', 'a' and 'an' are articles.
  • Question 33

Read the following sentence.

 

My friend Natalie is starting her new School in Manchester in September.

 

Which of the words should not have a capital letter at the beginning?

CORRECT ANSWER
School
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'school' does not need a capital letter unless it is part of the name of a particular school (such as 'St. Mary's Primary School').
  • Question 34

Choose the best connective to complete each of the following sentences.

 

1) Sally waited outside __________ her mother talked to the headteacher.

 

2) She was worried __________ she thought she might be in trouble.

 

3) __________, the headteacher was very pleased with her.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

sentence 1
while
sentence 2
because
sentence 3
however
EDDIE SAYS
'While' and 'because' are conjunctions and are used to join clauses within a sentence. 'However' is a connective used to link sentences but not join them together. It helps the reader refer back to the previous sentence and gives continuity.
  • Question 35

Read the following sentence and decide which of the words is a pronoun. Write it in the answer box.

 

After the boys went fishing they went to the cinema.

CORRECT ANSWER
they
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'they' is a personal pronoun and is used instead of repeating the noun phrase 'the boys'.
  • Question 36

All the words in the list are the same in the singular and the plural except one. Tick the odd one out.

CORRECT ANSWER
goose
EDDIE SAYS
The plural of 'goose' is 'geese'.
  • Question 37

Tick the word in the list that is closest in meaning to atrocious.

CORRECT ANSWER
dreadful
EDDIE SAYS
The best way to increase your vocabulary is to read a lot. Try to note down new words and look them up to see what they mean.
  • Question 38

Tick the sentence that uses brackets correctly.

CORRECT ANSWER
Bob (my piano teacher) says I am doing well.
EDDIE SAYS
Brackets go around the extra information in a sentence. If the information inside the brackets is removed, the sentence should still make sense. (Bob says I am doing well.)
  • Question 39

Change the underlined verb into the present tense and write the sentence out again.

 

Yasmina wore her new dress every day.

CORRECT ANSWER
Yasmina wears her new dress every day.
EDDIE SAYS
The correct version of the present tense is 'wears' when something is done regularly. If something was happening right now we would use 'is wearing':
Yasmina is wearing her new dress today.
  • Question 40

The sentence below contains an adverb. Write it in the answer box.

 

Padma played her violin well in the concert.

CORRECT ANSWER
well
EDDIE SAYS
An adverb describes how an action is being carried out. In this sentence the adverb 'well' describes the way Padma played her violin.
  • Question 41

Add a comma in the correct place to separate the clauses in the sentence below.

 

Even though she is very small my sister is quite strong.

CORRECT ANSWER
Even though she is very small, my sister is quite strong.
Even though she is very small, my sister is quite strong.
EDDIE SAYS
A comma is used to separate clauses when a subordinate clause comes before a main clause in a sentence.
  • Question 42

Is the following noun in the singular form or the plural form?

 

teeth

CORRECT ANSWER
plural
EDDIE SAYS
'Teeth' is the plural form of the noun 'tooth'.
  • Question 43

Which ending can be added to the adjective unhappy to make it into a noun?

CORRECT ANSWER
unhappiness
EDDIE SAYS
The ending -ness can be added to many adjectives to make them into nouns.
  • Question 44

Which of the words in the list is a compound word?

CORRECT ANSWER
playground
EDDIE SAYS
A compound word is a word made up from two or more other words.
  • Question 45

The words in the list are all articles. Tick the one that is a definite article.

CORRECT ANSWER
the
EDDIE SAYS
A definite article refers to a particular object.
  • Question 46

Tick the sentence that uses an apostrophe correctly.

CORRECT ANSWER
Peter's bicycle was in the garage.
EDDIE SAYS
The bicycle belongs to Peter, so the apostrophe should come after his name but before the 's'.
  • Question 47

Read the following sentence and decide whether the underlined part is the main clause or the subordinate clause.

 

William, who was very tired, fell asleep in the back of the car.

CORRECT ANSWER
main clause
EDDIE SAYS
It is the main clause because it makes sense on its own.
  • Question 48

What is the superlative form of the adjective fast?

CORRECT ANSWER
fastest
EDDIE SAYS
We use the superlative form when we compare three or more things (The Ferrari was the fastest car in the race). If we are comparing two things we use the comparative (My dad's car is faster than yours).
  • Question 49

Read the following sentence.

 

The hard bench was very uncomfortable to sit on.

 

What is the word class of the underlined word?

CORRECT ANSWER
adjective
EDDIE SAYS
An adjective describes a noun. In this sentence 'uncomfortable' is describing the bench.
  • Question 50

Change both the verbs in the following sentence into the past tense. Write the whole sentence in the answer box.

 

Sunil gets up early and goes to school on the bus.

CORRECT ANSWER
Sunil got up early and went to school on the bus.
EDDIE SAYS
The past tense of 'get' is 'got' and the past tense of 'go' is 'went'. They are both irregular verbs.
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