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SAT Practice: Grammar, Vocabulary and Punctuation 1 (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.

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Practice Papers

Curriculum subtopic:  SAT Practice Papers

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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.


It's up to you whether you treat this worksheet as a test or just work your way through the questions like a normal worksheet. If you want to test yourself then give yourself 45 minutes, as this is how long the actual test takes. (If you are not very quick 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.

Read this sentence.

 

josh is moving to manchester on monday.

 

Tick the three words that should begin with a capital letter.

josh

is

moving

to

manchester

on

monday

Read this sentence and decide whether the underlined words are nouns, adjectives or verbs.

 

Kayla thought the funfair was very exciting. She loved the dodgems but her favourite was the big wheel.

nouns

verbs

adjectives

Read the four sentences below. Tick the one that uses commas correctly.

Jenny who is my best friend, loves, ballet.

Jenny, who is my best, friend loves ballet.

Jenny, who is my best friend, loves ballet.

Jenny who, is my best friend loves, ballet.

Which of the words in the list has a similar meaning to the underlined words in this sentence?

 

Jacob was very hungry so he ate a whole packet of biscuits.

thirsty

ravenous

exhausted

furious

Read this sentence and decide whether it is a statement, a question or a command.

 

Go to bed now!

statement

question

command

Read this sentence and decide whether the apostrophe has been used for omission (sometimes called contraction) or possession.

 

Olivia's painting won top prize in the competition.

omission

possession

Which word in this sentence is a preposition? Write it in the answer box.

 

The cyclists raced towards the finish line.

Choose the best connective to complete this sentence.

 

We went out to play __________ it was raining.

because

although

despite

however

Read this statement.

 

The teacher told Peter to come to his desk.

 

Which of the sentences below is a command?

Can you come to my desk, please?

Come to my desk.

Peter went to the teacher's desk.

Write the correct plural form of the word goose in the answer box.

Rewrite this sentence, adding two commas in the correct places.

 

When we went to the zoo we saw lions penguins monkeys and pandas.

Tick all the adjectives in the sentence below.

 

Padma was wearing red jeans with a thick sweater and a silky scarf.

Padma

wearing

red

jeans

thick

sweater

silky

scarf

Which word in the list would be a more powerful choice to replace the words went...quickly  in the sentence below?

 

Philip went home quickly after school. It was his birthday and he couldn't wait to open his presents.

dawdled

ambled

sauntered

raced

The word address has more than one meaning. Read the definitions below and tick the two that are correct.

to cover something up

the place where a person lives

a style of clothing

to speak to a group of people

Tick the word in the box that means the opposite of reckless.

dangerous

cautious

clever

difficult

Read the sentence below and then match the words in the boxes with their word classes.

 

The puppy yapped excitedly and then wagged its stubby tail.

Column A

Column B

puppy
verb
yapped
noun
stubby
adjective
excitedly
adverb

Choose the correct verb form to complete the following sentence.

 

Rosie and James __________ to their Dad's every weekend.

go

goes

The following sentence is a complex sentence with a main clause and a subordinate clause.

 

Tick the subordinate clause.

 

We went out to dinner last night because it was my Mum's birthday.

We went out to dinner last night

because it was my Mum's birthday.

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 possible to make a word that means the opposite.

The sentence below should have inverted commas to show speech.

 

Are you listening, James? said Mrs Jones. I asked you a question.

 

Tick the box where the inverted commas have been put in the correct places.

"Are you listening, James? said Mrs Jones. I asked you a question."

"Are you listening, James?" said Mrs Jones. "I asked you a question."

"Are you listening, James, said Mrs Jones." "I asked you a question."

Choose the correct ending to make the adjective happy into an adverb.

happier

happily

happiness

happiest

Which is the correct contraction of the words should not?

shouldnt

should'nt

shouldent

shouldn't

Read the sentence below and decide whether the underlined part is a phrase or a clause.

 

The fire crackled in the hearth while the dog snored on the rug.

phrase

clause

Which of the words in the list below is closest in meaning to the word scrutinised in the following sentence?

 

The policeman scrutinised the report.

signed

sealed

examined

destroyed

Tick the word that will complete the sentence below so that it is grammatically correct.

 

The elderly lady was __________ by her fall on the ice.

shook

shaked

shaken

shooked

Use either I or me to complete the sentence below correctly.

 

My brother had chicken pox and he passed it on to my sister and __________.

I

me

The sentence below should have a question mark. Write out the sentence in the answer box and put a question mark in the correct place.

 

"What time is it" asked Danny.

Each of the sentences below has a verb missing. Match the correct verbs with each sentence. Hover your mouse over the boxes on the left if you can't read the whole sentence.

Column A

Column B

The horse _______ eating hay.
has
The twins _______ finished their tea.
are
We _______ waiting for the school bus.
have
The rain _______ gone away.
is

Match the sentences on the left with the punctuation they are most likely to finish with.

Column A

Column B

It started to snow
?
Come here now
!
What time is it
.

Choose the best connective to complete the sentence below.

 

My grandma is nearly eighty. __________, she still rides her motorbike.

Nevertheless

Because

Although

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

 

The teacher wrote the answer on the __________.


The announcer said that it was time to __________ the aeroplane.

Choose the correct pronoun to complete the second sentence below.

 

All the competitors were told to line up at the start of the race. When __________ heard the whistle blow they started to run.

she

he

they

them

Read the four sentences below. Only one of them uses the correct plural each time. Tick the correct one.

We are buying some new furnitures for my bedroom.

The sheeps were munching the grass.

The athletes had to keep their foots behind the starting line.

The women were washing their clothes at the well.

Tick the sentence that contains two verbs.

My Dad always goes to the pub on a Friday night.

Tim and Ella play cricket every week.

Mary brushed her teeth and went to bed.

Jacob got a new bicycle and a watch for his birthday.

Look at the list of words below and tick all the ones that are verbs.

pretty

snore

careful

night

eat

balloon

write

quickly

Read this sentence in the present tense.

 

My Dad always brings me a present when he has been away on a business trip.

 

Tick the correct past tense of the verb to bring.

bringed

brang

bought

brought

The following sentence needs commas to make it easier to understand.

 

Penny my sister is in year eight.

 

Tick the sentence below that uses commas in the correct place.

Penny, my sister, is in year eight.

Penny my sister, is in year eight.

Penny, my sister is in year eight.

The following sentence contains a conjunction.

 

Because it was raining so heavily, we couldn't have our sports day yesterday.

 

Write the conjunction in the answer box.

In the following sentences all the adjectives have been underlined but there is a deliberate mistake. One underlined word is an adverb, not an adjective.

 

The sun shone brilliantly down onto the parched land. The thirsty cows wandered down to the shallow river and lapped at the muddy water.

 

Write the adverb in the answer box.

The sentence below is a question.

 

How much does the book cost?

 

Which of the following sentences is a statement?

Have I got enough money to buy it?

Buy me that book!

I would like to buy that book.

One of the following sentences should be written as two separate sentences to be grammatically correct.

 

Tick the one that is not correct.

Although I am only ten, I can reach the top shelf.

My brother is fourteen he is taller than me.

I like my sister best because she is kind to me.

I have a dog but my best friend has a cat.

Choose the word from the list that completes the following sentence in a way that is grammatically correct.

 

Jodie opened the box __________ and lifted out her new puppy.

quick

slow

carefully

Write out the following sentence again, putting capital letters in the correct places.

 

my best friend sarah lives on market street and comes to my house every saturday.

Which of the words in the sentence below is the article?

 

Jake and Tom watched the magnificent steam train pass by.

Jake

and

watched

the

steam

pass

The sentence below should have an apostrophe for possession.

 

The childrens room was full of toys.

 

Tick the sentence below that uses the apostrophe correctly.

The children's room was full of toys.

The childrens room' was full of toys.

The childrens' room was full of toys.

The following sentence needs inverted commas to show speech. Write it out again, putting inverted commas in the correct places.

 

Mum, said Josie, I don't feel well.

The passage below should be split into three sentences. Write it out again, inserting capital letters and full stops in the correct places.

 

it was my birthday yesterday my auntie bought me a new bike which is great I rode it to school today

Which of the following sentences uses brackets correctly?

Jim my coach is teaching me to (bowl off spin).

Jim (my coach) is teaching me to bowl off spin.

Jim my coach (is teaching me) to bowl off spin.

Jim my (coach is) teaching me to bowl off spin.

Which part of the following sentence is the subordinate clause?

 

My brother, who is older than me, is going to secondary school next year.

My brother

who is older than me

is going to secondary school

Choose the correct contraction to replace the underlined words in the following sentence.

 

They are hoping to go to Florida next year.

There

Theyr'e

Theyre

They're

  • Question 1

Read this sentence.

 

josh is moving to manchester on monday.

 

Tick the three words that should begin with a capital letter.

CORRECT ANSWER
josh
manchester
monday
EDDIE SAYS
The names of people, places and dates need to begin with a capital letter.
  • Question 2

Read this sentence and decide whether the underlined words are nouns, adjectives or verbs.

 

Kayla thought the funfair was very exciting. She loved the dodgems but her favourite was the big wheel.

CORRECT ANSWER
nouns
EDDIE SAYS
Nouns are naming words. They refer to people and things.
  • Question 3

Read the four sentences below. Tick the one that uses commas correctly.

CORRECT ANSWER
Jenny, who is my best friend, loves ballet.
EDDIE SAYS
If the information inside the commas is removed, the sentence should still make sense. (Jenny loves ballet.)
  • Question 4

Which of the words in the list has a similar meaning to the underlined words in this sentence?

 

Jacob was very hungry so he ate a whole packet of biscuits.

CORRECT ANSWER
ravenous
EDDIE SAYS
The best way to learn new words is to read a lot. Try to note down unfamiliar words and look up what they mean.
  • Question 5

Read this sentence and decide whether it is a statement, a question or a command.

 

Go to bed now!

CORRECT ANSWER
command
EDDIE SAYS
A command is a sentence that tells somebody what to do.
  • Question 6

Read this sentence and decide whether the apostrophe has been used for omission (sometimes called contraction) or possession.

 

Olivia's painting won top prize in the competition.

CORRECT ANSWER
possession
EDDIE SAYS
It is an apostrophe for possession because it tells us that the painting belongs to Olivia.
  • Question 7

Which word in this sentence is a preposition? Write it in the answer box.

 

The cyclists raced towards the finish line.

CORRECT ANSWER
towards
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'towards' is a preposition of direction. It tells us where the cyclists were heading.
  • Question 8

Choose the best connective to complete this sentence.

 

We went out to play __________ it was raining.

CORRECT ANSWER
although
EDDIE SAYS
The correct conjunction is 'although', as it might be expected that the children would stay indoors in the rain.
  • Question 9

Read this statement.

 

The teacher told Peter to come to his desk.

 

Which of the sentences below is a command?

CORRECT ANSWER
Come to my desk.
EDDIE SAYS
A command tells someone what to do.
  • Question 10

Write the correct plural form of the word goose in the answer box.

CORRECT ANSWER
geese
EDDIE SAYS
This is an irregular plural. There are no rules for irregular plurals; they just have to be learnt.
  • Question 11

Rewrite this sentence, adding two commas in the correct places.

 

When we went to the zoo we saw lions penguins monkeys and pandas.

CORRECT ANSWER
When we went to the zoo we saw lions, penguins, monkeys and pandas.
When we went to the zoo we saw lions, penguins, monkeys, and pandas.
EDDIE SAYS
Commas are used to separate items in a list. A comma is not normally used before the word 'and' but it is not incorrect to do so.
  • Question 12

Tick all the adjectives in the sentence below.

 

Padma was wearing red jeans with a thick sweater and a silky scarf.

CORRECT ANSWER
red
thick
silky
EDDIE SAYS
Adjectives describe nouns. The adjectives in this sentence are describing the jeans, the sweater and the scarf.
  • Question 13

Which word in the list would be a more powerful choice to replace the words went...quickly  in the sentence below?

 

Philip went home quickly after school. It was his birthday and he couldn't wait to open his presents.

CORRECT ANSWER
raced
EDDIE SAYS
The other three words in the list all describe ways of walking slowly.
  • Question 14

The word address has more than one meaning. Read the definitions below and tick the two that are correct.

CORRECT ANSWER
the place where a person lives
to speak to a group of people
EDDIE SAYS
The word originally meant 'to approach or speak to somebody', and the meaning widened to include the place whether a person lives, possibly because of its use at the top of a letter.
  • Question 15

Tick the word in the box that means the opposite of reckless.

CORRECT ANSWER
cautious
EDDIE SAYS
If you are cautious you are careful and try to avoid danger. Reckless people act without thinking about danger.
  • Question 16

Read the sentence below and then match the words in the boxes with their word classes.

 

The puppy yapped excitedly and then wagged its stubby tail.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

puppy
noun
yapped
verb
stubby
adjective
excitedly
adverb
EDDIE SAYS
A noun is a naming word. The word 'tail' is also a noun.
  • Question 17

Choose the correct verb form to complete the following sentence.

 

Rosie and James __________ to their Dad's every weekend.

CORRECT ANSWER
go
EDDIE SAYS
The correct word is 'go' because Rosie and James are two people.
  • Question 18

The following sentence is a complex sentence with a main clause and a subordinate clause.

 

Tick the subordinate clause.

 

We went out to dinner last night because it was my Mum's birthday.

CORRECT ANSWER
because it was my Mum's birthday.
EDDIE SAYS
The subordinate clause does not make sense on its own.
  • Question 19

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 possible to make a word that means the opposite.

CORRECT ANSWER
impossible
EDDIE SAYS
Different prefixes are used to make words into their opposites. There are no rules for this; it is just a case of learning them.
  • Question 20

The sentence below should have inverted commas to show speech.

 

Are you listening, James? said Mrs Jones. I asked you a question.

 

Tick the box where the inverted commas have been put in the correct places.

CORRECT ANSWER
"Are you listening, James?" said Mrs Jones. "I asked you a question."
EDDIE SAYS
The inverted commas go around the words actually spoken. Any punctuation, such as a question mark, goes inside the inverted commas.
  • Question 21

Choose the correct ending to make the adjective happy into an adverb.

CORRECT ANSWER
happily
EDDIE SAYS
An adverb describes how an action is carried out. The adverb 'happily' describes the verb 'skipped' in this sentence: Freya skipped happily along the road.
  • Question 22

Which is the correct contraction of the words should not?

CORRECT ANSWER
shouldn't
EDDIE SAYS
The apostrophe is placed where letters have been left out. In this example, the letter 'o' has been left out.
  • Question 23

Read the sentence below and decide whether the underlined part is a phrase or a clause.

 

The fire crackled in the hearth while the dog snored on the rug.

CORRECT ANSWER
clause
EDDIE SAYS
A clause contains a noun and a verb. A phrase can contain a noun or a verb, but not both.
  • Question 24

Which of the words in the list below is closest in meaning to the word scrutinised in the following sentence?

 

The policeman scrutinised the report.

CORRECT ANSWER
examined
EDDIE SAYS
To scrutinise something means to look at it very thoroughly.
  • Question 25

Tick the word that will complete the sentence below so that it is grammatically correct.

 

The elderly lady was __________ by her fall on the ice.

CORRECT ANSWER
shaken
EDDIE SAYS
Many verbs take -ed in the past tense, but there are a lot of irregular verbs that are exceptions.
  • Question 26

Use either I or me to complete the sentence below correctly.

 

My brother had chicken pox and he passed it on to my sister and __________.

CORRECT ANSWER
me
EDDIE SAYS
The pronoun 'I' is used for the subject of a sentence (the person carrying out the action). In this example, the brother is the subject and the speaker and his sister are the object (the receivers of the chicken pox), so the correct pronoun is 'me'.
  • Question 27

The sentence below should have a question mark. Write out the sentence in the answer box and put a question mark in the correct place.

 

"What time is it" asked Danny.

CORRECT ANSWER
"What time is it?" asked Danny.
'What time is it?' asked Danny.
EDDIE SAYS
The question mark is placed before the closing speech marks.
  • Question 28

Each of the sentences below has a verb missing. Match the correct verbs with each sentence. Hover your mouse over the boxes on the left if you can't read the whole sentence.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

The horse _______ eating hay.
is
The twins _______ finished their ...
have
We _______ waiting for the school...
are
The rain _______ gone away.
has
EDDIE SAYS
The best way to tackle this one is to read the sentences out loud and decide which version makes sense.
  • Question 29

Match the sentences on the left with the punctuation they are most likely to finish with.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

It started to snow
.
Come here now
!
What time is it
?
EDDIE SAYS
A question always ends with a question mark. Exclamation marks are not essential but are helpful for the reader.
  • Question 30

Choose the best connective to complete the sentence below.

 

My grandma is nearly eighty. __________, she still rides her motorbike.

CORRECT ANSWER
Nevertheless
EDDIE SAYS
'Because' and 'although' are conjunctions and are used within a sentence to join main clauses and subordinate clauses. 'Nevertheless' is a connective used to link a sentence to a previous one without actually joining them.
  • Question 31

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

 

The teacher wrote the answer on the __________.


The announcer said that it was time to __________ the aeroplane.

CORRECT ANSWER
board
EDDIE SAYS
The verb 'to board' was originally used for ships, but is now used for aeroplanes as well.
  • Question 32

Choose the correct pronoun to complete the second sentence below.

 

All the competitors were told to line up at the start of the race. When __________ heard the whistle blow they started to run.

CORRECT ANSWER
they
EDDIE SAYS
There was more than one competitor, so the correct word is 'they'.
  • Question 33

Read the four sentences below. Only one of them uses the correct plural each time. Tick the correct one.

CORRECT ANSWER
The women were washing their clothes at the well.
EDDIE SAYS
Many words have irregular plurals. There are no rules for these; they simply need to be learnt.
  • Question 34

Tick the sentence that contains two verbs.

CORRECT ANSWER
Mary brushed her teeth and went to bed.
EDDIE SAYS
The two verbs are 'brushed' and 'went'.
  • Question 35

Look at the list of words below and tick all the ones that are verbs.

CORRECT ANSWER
snore
eat
write
EDDIE SAYS
Verbs are sometimes referred to as action words.
  • Question 36

Read this sentence in the present tense.

 

My Dad always brings me a present when he has been away on a business trip.

 

Tick the correct past tense of the verb to bring.

CORRECT ANSWER
brought
EDDIE SAYS
The verb 'to bring' is an irregular verb, so it does not add -ed in the past tense.
  • Question 37

The following sentence needs commas to make it easier to understand.

 

Penny my sister is in year eight.

 

Tick the sentence below that uses commas in the correct place.

CORRECT ANSWER
Penny, my sister, is in year eight.
EDDIE SAYS
The commas go around the extra information (my sister). If the information inside the commas is removed, the rest of the sentence should still make sense. (Penny is in year eight.)
  • Question 38

The following sentence contains a conjunction.

 

Because it was raining so heavily, we couldn't have our sports day yesterday.

 

Write the conjunction in the answer box.

CORRECT ANSWER
because
EDDIE SAYS
A conjunction is a word used to link words or clauses within a sentence.
  • Question 39

In the following sentences all the adjectives have been underlined but there is a deliberate mistake. One underlined word is an adverb, not an adjective.

 

The sun shone brilliantly down onto the parched land. The thirsty cows wandered down to the shallow river and lapped at the muddy water.

 

Write the adverb in the answer box.

CORRECT ANSWER
brilliantly
EDDIE SAYS
Adjectives describe nouns, but adverbs describe the way an action is carried out. The word 'brilliantly' is an adverb because it describes the way the sun was shining.
  • Question 40

The sentence below is a question.

 

How much does the book cost?

 

Which of the following sentences is a statement?

CORRECT ANSWER
I would like to buy that book.
EDDIE SAYS
A statement is a sentence expressing a fact or an opinion.
  • Question 41

One of the following sentences should be written as two separate sentences to be grammatically correct.

 

Tick the one that is not correct.

CORRECT ANSWER
My brother is fourteen he is taller than me.
EDDIE SAYS
The correct version is as follows:
My brother is fourteen. He is taller than me.
  • Question 42

Choose the word from the list that completes the following sentence in a way that is grammatically correct.

 

Jodie opened the box __________ and lifted out her new puppy.

CORRECT ANSWER
carefully
EDDIE SAYS
An adverb is needed here to describe the way that Jodie opened the box. 'Quick' and 'slow' are adjectives, not adverbs.
  • Question 43

Write out the following sentence again, putting capital letters in the correct places.

 

my best friend sarah lives on market street and comes to my house every saturday.

CORRECT ANSWER
My best friend Sarah lives on Market Street and comes to my house every Saturday.
EDDIE SAYS
The names of people, streets and the days of the week all need to start with a capital letter. The sentence also needs to begin with a capital letter.
  • Question 44

Which of the words in the sentence below is the article?

 

Jake and Tom watched the magnificent steam train pass by.

CORRECT ANSWER
the
EDDIE SAYS
The words 'the', 'a' and 'an' are articles.
  • Question 45

The sentence below should have an apostrophe for possession.

 

The childrens room was full of toys.

 

Tick the sentence below that uses the apostrophe correctly.

CORRECT ANSWER
The children's room was full of toys.
EDDIE SAYS
The room belongs to the children, so the apostrophe should be placed after the 'n' but before the 's'.
  • Question 46

The following sentence needs inverted commas to show speech. Write it out again, putting inverted commas in the correct places.

 

Mum, said Josie, I don't feel well.

CORRECT ANSWER
"Mum," said Josie, "I don't feel well."
'Mum,' said Josie, 'I don't feel well.'
EDDIE SAYS
The inverted commas go around the words actually spoken. Josie does not say 'said Josie' so these words do not go inside inverted commas.
  • Question 47

The passage below should be split into three sentences. Write it out again, inserting capital letters and full stops in the correct places.

 

it was my birthday yesterday my auntie bought me a new bike which is great I rode it to school today

CORRECT ANSWER
It was my birthday yesterday. My auntie bought me a new bike which is great. I rode it to school today.
It was my birthday yesterday. My auntie bought me a new bike which is great. I rode it to school today.
EDDIE SAYS
The best way to tackle this one is to read it out loud and see where the natural breaks are.
  • Question 48

Which of the following sentences uses brackets correctly?

CORRECT ANSWER
Jim (my coach) is teaching me to bowl off spin.
EDDIE SAYS
The brackets are placed around the extra information. If the brackets and the information inside them is removed, the sentence should still make sense. (Jim is teaching me to bowl off spin.)
  • Question 49

Which part of the following sentence is the subordinate clause?

 

My brother, who is older than me, is going to secondary school next year.

CORRECT ANSWER
who is older than me
EDDIE SAYS
The subordinate clause does not make sense on its own. The main clause (My brother is going to secondary school next year) still makes sense if the subordinate clause is removed.
  • Question 50

Choose the correct contraction to replace the underlined words in the following sentence.

 

They are hoping to go to Florida next year.

CORRECT ANSWER
They're
EDDIE SAYS
The apostrophe is placed where letters have been removed. The letter 'a' has been removed in this example.
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