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SAT Practice: Grammar, Vocabulary and Punctuation 2 (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 2 (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 test and would like some more practice. The questions are different from the first 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 correct verb form to complete the sentence below.

 

Jake __________ a big fish with his new rod yesterday.

catched

caught

catches

catchd

Tick the two adverbs in the sentences below.

 

Sarah underlined her title carefully and wrote her name neatly at the bottom of her work.

underlined

carefully

wrote

name

neatly

bottom

Type out the following sentence again, putting three commas in the correct places.

 

Remember that the comma goes straight after the word, with no space before it.

 

Mum packed some sandwiches three bags of crisps some bananas a packet of biscuits and a hot flask of tea.

Read the sentence below and match up the words with their word class.

 

The black puppy drank its water noisily.

Column A

Column B

puppy
verb
drank
noun
black
adjective
noisily
adverb

Tick the word in the list that means the opposite of:

 

contrasting

quiet

similar

simple

colourful

Choose the best connective to complete the following sentence.

 

__________ Peter was tired, he stayed up to watch the match.

However

Although

Despite

Because

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 correct to make a word that means the opposite.

Choose either I or me to complete the following sentence.

 

My dad took a photo of my sister and ____.

I

me

Read this sentence.

 

my pen friend olga lives in russia.

 

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

my

pen

friend

olga

lives

in

russia

The sentence below should include a question mark.

 

"Where is my pen" asked Kate.

 

Tick the sentence in the list that has the question mark in the correct place.

"Where is my pen" asked Kate?

"Where is my pen"? asked Kate.

"Where is my pen?" asked Kate.

The following sentences all have a verb missing.

 

Match up each sentence with the correct verb. Hover your mouse over the boxes on the left if you can't read the whole sentence.

Column A

Column B

My nanna _____ coming to stay tomorrow.
is
Josh _____ forgotten his homework.
are
My sister and her boyfriend _____ getting married ...
have
I _____ been to Disneyworld.
has

Choose the best punctuation mark to complete each of the sentences in the list.

Column A

Column B

My name is Carly
.
Where do you live
!
Never do that again
?

Find one word that can complete both of the following sentences.

 

The sun __________ at seven o'clock this morning.

My sister's boyfriend gave her a red __________ on Valentine's Day.

Read the following sentences and select the one that contains two verbs.

 

1) My brother plays the saxophone in his school band.

 

2) Joe always goes to his dad's at the weekend.

 

3) Eleanor and Jess sat together at the theatre.

 

4) Tim finished his homework and gave it to his teacher.

sentence 1

sentence 2

sentence 3

sentence 4

Write the correct plural form of the word tooth.

Which one of the following should be written as two separate sentences?

I have a pet cat but my friend Neela has a hamster.

Whenever we go on a picnic it starts to rain.

I love watching football it is exciting.

I like gardening because I love watching plants grow.

Read the following statement.

 

Liam goes to bed at nine o'clock.

 

Which of the sentences below is a command?

I'm not tired.

Go to bed now.

Why can't I stay up?

It's time you were in bed.

The word conduct has more than one meaning.

 

Tick two definitions of the word from the list below.

to lead or guide something

the information contained in a book

the way in which someone behaves

an agreement between two people

Which part of the following sentence is the subordinate clause?

 

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

Because he was so hungry

Jacob ate a whole packet of biscuits.

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

 

Mum says we can't go out to play until we finish our homework.

omission

possession

Choose the correct ending to form the superlative of the adjective slow.

slowly

slower

slowing

slowest

Which of the words in the sentence below is a preposition?

 

Jamila cycled over the bridge.

Jamila

cycled

over

the

bridge

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

 

The treasure was hidden in a bag underneath the roots of the oak tree.

phrase

clause

Which word in the sentence below is the article?

 

We saw an elephant spraying water.

we

saw

an

elephant

spraying

water

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

 

The view from Charlie's window was very picturesque.

boring

interesting

exciting

attractive

Are the underlined words in the following sentence nouns, verbs or adjectives?

 

The hot air balloon rose slowly into the sky and floated gently above the fields.

nouns

verbs

adjectives

Which word in the following sentence is a pronoun? Write it in the answer box.

 

Adil and Tom shook hands after they finished the match.

Tick the sentence that uses an incorrect plural.

The children tidied up the classroom.

Two deers ran across the road in front of our car.

The women were waiting at the bus stop.

There were lots of colourful fish in the aquarium.

Tick the sentence below that uses commas correctly.

Geoff, my football coach says I am doing very well.

Geoff my football coach, says I am, doing very well.

Geoff, my football coach, says I am doing very well.

Read the sentence below.

 

Billy's grandad gave him a wonderful present every Christmas.

 

Change the verb from the past tense to the present tense and write it in the answer box.

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

 

My cat hates going out in the rain because she doesn't like getting her fur wet.

How many nouns are there in the following sentence?

 

The sun came out from behind the clouds and shone down onto the wet roads and pavements.

3

4

5

Choose the correct verb form to complete the following sentence.

 

We __________ nearly home when the rain started.

are

were

was

is

The following 'sentence' is really two separate sentences. Write it out again, putting capital letters and full stops in the correct places.

 

the car sped down the road with its horn blaring the children had to jump out of the way quickly

Replace the underlined words in the following sentence with a contraction. Write the whole sentence out again in the answer box.

 

You should not run across roads without looking.

Match up the sentences below with their sentence type.

Column A

Column B

Is it raining?
statement
Put your coat on.
command
I hate the rain.
question

Choose the best connective to fill the gap in the sentences below.

 

Priya forgot to learn her spellings this week. __________, she still got ten out of ten.

Because

Nevertheless

Consequently

Although

Tick the sentence that uses commas correctly.

Although it was raining we still went, to the beach.

Although it was, raining, we still went to the beach.

Although it was raining, we still went to the beach.

Although it was raining, we still went to, the beach.

Tick the word that is most similar in meaning to the underlined word in the sentence below.

 

Russia is a vast country.

strange

beautiful

foreign

huge

In the following sentences the nouns have been underlined but there is a mistake. One of the underlined words is an adjective, not a noun. Write it in the answer box.

 

The knight rode his horse up to the castle gate and then dismounted. His horse was lame after galloping throughout the day without a rest.

The sentence below should have an apostrophe for possession. Write it out again, putting an apostrophe in the correct place.

 

The womens cars were parked outside.

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

 

Are you listening to me? said Mr Smith. I asked you a question.

Read the sentence below and then tick the adjectives.

 

The ginger cat licked its paws carefully and then fixed its steely gaze on the terrified mouse.

ginger

cat

carefully

steely

gaze

terrified

The sentence below does not have any capital letters. Write it out again, putting them in where they are needed. Don't forget to put the full stop at the end.

 

david was born in london but he moved to wales in march.

Which of the sentences below uses brackets correctly?

Miss Jackson my teacher (is very kind).

Miss Jackson my (teacher) is very kind.

Miss Jackson (my teacher) is very kind.

(Miss Jackson my teacher) is very kind.

Which part of the following sentence is the main clause?

 

Even though it was hot, Esther kept her coat on.

Even though it was hot

Esther kept her coat on.

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

 

Tommy went slowly on his way home because he didn't want to see his uncle.

hastened

stumbled

limped

dawdled

Choose the correct verb form to complete the following sentence.

 

Katie __________ the full length of the pool for the first time yesterday.

swims

swimming

swimmed

swam

Which of the endings below makes the word pretty into an adverb?

prettier

prettiness

prettily

prettiest

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

The match is starting.

Who's playing?

Come on, you reds!

They're rubbish.

I could play better.

  • Question 1

Choose the correct verb form to complete the sentence below.

 

Jake __________ a big fish with his new rod yesterday.

CORRECT ANSWER
caught
EDDIE SAYS
Not all verbs take -ed in the past tense. The verb 'to catch' is an irregular verb.
  • Question 2

Tick the two adverbs in the sentences below.

 

Sarah underlined her title carefully and wrote her name neatly at the bottom of her work.

CORRECT ANSWER
carefully
neatly
EDDIE SAYS
Adverbs describe how an action is carried out. In this sentence, the adverb 'carefully' describes how Sarah underlined her title and the adverb 'neatly' describes how she wrote her name.
  • Question 3

Type out the following sentence again, putting three commas in the correct places.

 

Remember that the comma goes straight after the word, with no space before it.

 

Mum packed some sandwiches three bags of crisps some bananas a packet of biscuits and a hot flask of tea.

CORRECT ANSWER
Mum packed some sandwiches, three bags of crisps, some bananas, a packet of biscuits and a hot flask of tea.
Mum packed some sandwiches, three bags of crisps, some bananas, a packet of biscuits, and a hot flask of tea.
EDDIE SAYS
Commas are used to separate items in a list. A comma is not normally placed before the 'and', but it is not incorrect to do so.
  • Question 4

Read the sentence below and match up the words with their word class.

 

The black puppy drank its water noisily.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

puppy
noun
drank
verb
black
adjective
noisily
adverb
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'water' is also a noun.
  • Question 5

Tick the word in the list that means the opposite of:

 

contrasting

CORRECT ANSWER
similar
EDDIE SAYS
If two things are contrasting they are very different from each other.
  • Question 6

Choose the best connective to complete the following sentence.

 

__________ Peter was tired, he stayed up to watch the match.

CORRECT ANSWER
Although
EDDIE SAYS
The sentence is contrasting Peter's tiredness with the fact that he stayed up anyway, so 'although' is the best choice. 'However' is not a conjunction but it could be used to link two separate sentences.
(Peter was tired. However, he stayed up to watch the match.)
  • Question 7

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 correct to make a word that means the opposite.

CORRECT ANSWER
incorrect
EDDIE SAYS
There is no fixed rule about which prefix to use to make words into their opposites. It is just a case of learning them.
  • Question 8

Choose either I or me to complete the following sentence.

 

My dad took a photo of my sister and ____.

CORRECT ANSWER
me
EDDIE SAYS
The correct word is 'me' because the speaker is the object of the sentence (she is having her photograph taken, not taking the photograph). The pronoun 'I' is only used for the subject of the sentence (the person carrying out the action).
  • Question 9

Read this sentence.

 

my pen friend olga lives in russia.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
my
olga
russia
EDDIE SAYS
Names of people and places begin with a capital letter, and a sentence always starts with a capital letter.
  • Question 10

The sentence below should include a question mark.

 

"Where is my pen" asked Kate.

 

Tick the sentence in the list that has the question mark in the correct place.

CORRECT ANSWER
"Where is my pen?" asked Kate.
EDDIE SAYS
The question mark is placed at the end of the question but before the closing speech marks.
  • Question 11

The following sentences all have a verb missing.

 

Match up each sentence with the correct verb. Hover your mouse over the boxes on the left if you can't read the whole sentence.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

My nanna _____ coming to stay tom...
is
Josh _____ forgotten his homework...
has
My sister and her boyfriend _____...
are
I _____ been to Disneyworld.
have
EDDIE SAYS
The best way to tackle this one is to read the sentences out loud and decide which version makes sense.
  • Question 12

Choose the best punctuation mark to complete each of the sentences in the list.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

My name is Carly
.
Where do you live
?
Never do that again
!
EDDIE SAYS
A question always ends with a question mark. An exclamation mark is not essential but is helpful for the reader.
  • Question 13

Find one word that can complete both of the following sentences.

 

The sun __________ at seven o'clock this morning.

My sister's boyfriend gave her a red __________ on Valentine's Day.

CORRECT ANSWER
rose
EDDIE SAYS
The two words are not linked at all; they just look and sound the same!
  • Question 14

Read the following sentences and select the one that contains two verbs.

 

1) My brother plays the saxophone in his school band.

 

2) Joe always goes to his dad's at the weekend.

 

3) Eleanor and Jess sat together at the theatre.

 

4) Tim finished his homework and gave it to his teacher.

CORRECT ANSWER
sentence 4
EDDIE SAYS
The two verbs are 'finished' and 'gave'. Although sentence 3 is about two people, it only has one verb (sat).
  • Question 15

Write the correct plural form of the word tooth.

CORRECT ANSWER
teeth
EDDIE SAYS
Many words have irregular plurals. 'Tooth' is one of them.
  • Question 16

Which one of the following should be written as two separate sentences?

CORRECT ANSWER
I love watching football it is exciting.
EDDIE SAYS
The two sentences should read as follows:
I love watching football. It is exciting.
  • Question 17

Read the following statement.

 

Liam goes to bed at nine o'clock.

 

Which of the sentences below is a command?

CORRECT ANSWER
Go to bed now.
EDDIE SAYS
A command is a sentence that tells somebody what to do.
  • Question 18

The word conduct has more than one meaning.

 

Tick two definitions of the word from the list below.

CORRECT ANSWER
to lead or guide something
the way in which someone behaves
EDDIE SAYS
The two words are spelt the same way but pronounced slightly differently. The verb 'conduct' is stressed on the second syllable (He condDUCTed the orchestra) but the noun 'conduct' is stressed on the first syllable (Philip was praised for his good CONduct around the school).
  • Question 19

Which part of the following sentence is the subordinate clause?

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Because he was so hungry
EDDIE SAYS
The subordinate clause does not make sense on its own.
  • Question 20

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

 

Mum says we can't go out to play until we finish our homework.

CORRECT ANSWER
omission
EDDIE SAYS
The letters 'n' and 'o' have been left out. The full version is 'can not'.
  • Question 21

Choose the correct ending to form the superlative of the adjective slow.

CORRECT ANSWER
slowest
EDDIE SAYS
A superlative adjective compares three or more things. (Tortoises are the slowest animal in the world.) If only two things are being compared the comparative is used. (Tortoises are slower than hares.)
  • Question 22

Which of the words in the sentence below is a preposition?

 

Jamila cycled over the bridge.

CORRECT ANSWER
over
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'over' is a preposition of direction. It tells us where Jamila is heading.
  • Question 23

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

 

The treasure was hidden in a bag underneath the roots of the oak tree.

CORRECT ANSWER
phrase
EDDIE SAYS
This is a phrase because it does not contain a verb. A clause always has a subject and a verb.
  • Question 24

Which word in the sentence below is the article?

 

We saw an elephant spraying water.

CORRECT ANSWER
an
EDDIE SAYS
The words 'the', 'a' and 'an' are articles.
  • Question 25

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

 

The view from Charlie's window was very picturesque.

CORRECT ANSWER
attractive
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 find out what they mean.
  • Question 26

Are the underlined words in the following sentence nouns, verbs or adjectives?

 

The hot air balloon rose slowly into the sky and floated gently above the fields.

CORRECT ANSWER
nouns
EDDIE SAYS
Nouns are naming words.
  • Question 27

Which word in the following sentence is a pronoun? Write it in the answer box.

 

Adil and Tom shook hands after they finished the match.

CORRECT ANSWER
they
EDDIE SAYS
A pronoun is used in place of a noun. In this sentence the pronoun 'they' is used instead of repeating the words 'Adil and Tom'.
  • Question 28

Tick the sentence that uses an incorrect plural.

CORRECT ANSWER
Two deers ran across the road in front of our car.
EDDIE SAYS
The plural of 'deer' is also 'deer'. It is an irregular plural.
  • Question 29

Tick the sentence below that uses commas correctly.

CORRECT ANSWER
Geoff, my football coach, says I am doing very well.
EDDIE SAYS
The commas are placed around the extra information. If the commas and the words inside them are removed, the sentence should still make sense. (Geoff says I am doing very well.)
  • Question 30

Read the sentence below.

 

Billy's grandad gave him a wonderful present every Christmas.

 

Change the verb from the past tense to the present tense and write it in the answer box.

CORRECT ANSWER
gives
EDDIE SAYS
We also use 'is giving' in the present tense, but for something that is happening right now rather than something that happens regularly.
  • Question 31

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

 

My cat hates going out in the rain because she doesn't like getting her fur wet.

CORRECT ANSWER
because
EDDIE SAYS
A conjunction joins two words or clauses in a sentence.
  • Question 32

How many nouns are there in the following sentence?

 

The sun came out from behind the clouds and shone down onto the wet roads and pavements.

CORRECT ANSWER
4
EDDIE SAYS
Nouns are naming words. The nouns in this sentence are 'sun', 'clouds', 'roads' and 'pavements'.
  • Question 33

Choose the correct verb form to complete the following sentence.

 

We __________ nearly home when the rain started.

CORRECT ANSWER
were
EDDIE SAYS
In some parts of the country is it common to say 'we was', but the correct form in standard English is 'we were'.
  • Question 34

The following 'sentence' is really two separate sentences. Write it out again, putting capital letters and full stops in the correct places.

 

the car sped down the road with its horn blaring the children had to jump out of the way quickly

CORRECT ANSWER
The car sped down the road with its horn blaring. The children had to jump out of the way quickly.
The car sped down the road with its horn blaring. The children had to jump out of the way quickly.
EDDIE SAYS
One way to tackle this one is to read it out loud and see where there is a natural break. This will be the end of the first sentence.
  • Question 35

Replace the underlined words in the following sentence with a contraction. Write the whole sentence out again in the answer box.

 

You should not run across roads without looking.

CORRECT ANSWER
You shouldn't run across roads without looking.
EDDIE SAYS
The apostrophe is placed where the letter 'o' has been left out.
  • Question 36

Match up the sentences below with their sentence type.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Is it raining?
question
Put your coat on.
command
I hate the rain.
statement
EDDIE SAYS
A statement expresses a fact or an opinion. A command tells somebody what to do.
  • Question 37

Choose the best connective to fill the gap in the sentences below.

 

Priya forgot to learn her spellings this week. __________, she still got ten out of ten.

CORRECT ANSWER
Nevertheless
EDDIE SAYS
The connective 'nevertheless' contrasts the fact that Priya didn't learn her spellings with her getting top marks anyway.
  • Question 38

Tick the sentence that uses commas correctly.

CORRECT ANSWER
Although it was raining, we still went to the beach.
EDDIE SAYS
A comma is used to separate the clauses when a sentence begins with a subordinate clause.
  • Question 39

Tick the word that is most similar in meaning to the underlined word in the sentence below.

 

Russia is a vast country.

CORRECT ANSWER
huge
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'vast' is used to describe something extremely large.
  • Question 40

In the following sentences the nouns have been underlined but there is a mistake. One of the underlined words is an adjective, not a noun. Write it in the answer box.

 

The knight rode his horse up to the castle gate and then dismounted. His horse was lame after galloping throughout the day without a rest.

CORRECT ANSWER
lame
EDDIE SAYS
An adjective describes a noun. The adjective 'lame' is describing the horse.
  • Question 41

The sentence below should have an apostrophe for possession. Write it out again, putting an apostrophe in the correct place.

 

The womens cars were parked outside.

CORRECT ANSWER
The women's cars were parked outside.
EDDIE SAYS
The plural of 'woman' is 'women', so the apostrophe is placed after the 'n' but before the 's'.
  • Question 42

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

 

Are you listening to me? said Mr Smith. I asked you a question.

CORRECT ANSWER
"Are you listening to me?" said Mr Smith. "I asked you a question."
'Are you listening to me?' said Mr Smith. 'I asked you a question.'
EDDIE SAYS
The inverted commas are placed around the words actually spoken. The question mark and full stop at the end should be inside the inverted commas.
  • Question 43

Read the sentence below and then tick the adjectives.

 

The ginger cat licked its paws carefully and then fixed its steely gaze on the terrified mouse.

CORRECT ANSWER
ginger
steely
terrified
EDDIE SAYS
Adjectives describ nouns. 'Ginger' describes the cat, 'steely' describes the gaze and 'terrified' describes the mouse.
  • Question 44

The sentence below does not have any capital letters. Write it out again, putting them in where they are needed. Don't forget to put the full stop at the end.

 

david was born in london but he moved to wales in march.

CORRECT ANSWER
David was born in London but he moved to Wales in March.
EDDIE SAYS
The names of people, places and dates need capital letters.
  • Question 45

Which of the sentences below uses brackets correctly?

CORRECT ANSWER
Miss Jackson (my teacher) is very kind.
EDDIE SAYS
The brackets go around the extra information in the sentence. If the information in the brackets is removed, the sentence should still make sense. (Miss Jackson is very kind.)
  • Question 46

Which part of the following sentence is the main clause?

 

Even though it was hot, Esther kept her coat on.

CORRECT ANSWER
Esther kept her coat on.
EDDIE SAYS
The main clause makes sense on its own; the subordinate clause does not.
  • Question 47

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

 

Tommy went slowly on his way home because he didn't want to see his uncle.

CORRECT ANSWER
dawdled
EDDIE SAYS
The verbs 'limp' and 'stumble' can also suggest slow walking, but they also have the meaning of being tired or hurt, so they do not fit here.
  • Question 48

Choose the correct verb form to complete the following sentence.

 

Katie __________ the full length of the pool for the first time yesterday.

CORRECT ANSWER
swam
EDDIE SAYS
The verb 'to swim' is an irregular verb and does not have an -ed ending in the past tense.
  • Question 49

Which of the endings below makes the word pretty into an adverb?

CORRECT ANSWER
prettily
EDDIE SAYS
An adverb describes how an action is carried out. In the following sentence the adverb 'prettily' describes the verb 'danced':
The little girls danced prettily in the ballet show.
  • Question 50

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

CORRECT ANSWER
The match is starting.
They're rubbish.
I could play better.
EDDIE SAYS
A statement expresses a fact or an opinion.
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