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SAT Practice: Grammar, Vocabulary and Punctuation 4 (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 4 (2013)' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  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.

The following sentence should contain three capital letters. Write it out again, inserting capital letters in the correct places.

 

there is a german boy called manfred in our class.

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

 

My little brother goes to bed at seven o'clock because he is only six.

main clause

subordinate clause

Decide whether the apostrophe in the sentence below is for possession or omission.

 

We'll go outside once the rain stops.

possession

omission

Which of the words in the following sentence is a preposition? Write it in the answer box.

 

The puppy hid behind the shed.

Is the underlined part of the following sentence a phrase or a clause?

 

The ancient grandfather clock in the hall belonged to my great aunt.

phrase

clause

Tick the article in the following sentence.

 

People say that an elephant never forgets.

people

say

that

an

elephant

never

forgets

Which of the words in the list is closest in meaning to revitalised in the sentence below?

 

My mum felt revitalised after her visit to the mountains.

happy

tired

exhausted

refreshed

Choose the most suitable connective to complete the following sentence.

 

We sometimes argue __________ we are best friends.

however

although

whenever

so

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

 

The team captains have __________ hands so we are ready to start the match.

shaked

shook

shaken

shooked

Choose I or me to complete the following sentence correctly.

 

My mum gave my brother and ______ an increase in our pocket money.

I

me

Which of the following sentences uses inverted commas correctly?

"I'm tired, said Andrew. I want to go home."

"I'm tired," said Andrew. I want to go home."

"I'm tired," said Andrew. "I want to go home."

Match the sentences below with their most likely final punctuation.

Column A

Column B

Are you listening to me
?
I can't hear you
!
Stop talking now
.

Which of the following sentences is a command?

Where is your reading book?

Get your reading books out.

I can't find my reading book.

Please will you help me look for it?

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

 

The train whistled loudly before it entered the tunnel.

nouns

verbs

adjectives

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

 

The policeman gave my dad a __________ for speeding.


The weather was __________ so we went for a picnic.

Which of the following sentences contains two clauses?

The witch jumped onto her broomstick and soared into the night.

The cat and the dog chased each other around the garden.

My gran is nearly ninety.

The old castle stood on top of a very high mountain.

Change the underlined verb from the past tense to the present tense and write the whole sentence in the answer box.

 

Molly went to ballet classes every Friday.

Tick the sentence that uses commas correctly.

You will need, flour, sugar, milk and butter.

You will need flour, sugar milk and butter.

You will, need, flour, sugar, milk and butter.

You will need flour, sugar, milk and butter.

Read the sentences below.

 

Kevin opened the box slowly and gasped excitedly. Inside he found a tiny puppy. He lifted it out gently.

 

Which of the following words are adverbs?

opened

slowly

gasped

excitedly

tiny

puppy

lifted

gently

Which of the following sentences uses brackets correctly?

Daisy my (puppy) likes chewing the furniture.

Daisy (my puppy) likes chewing the furniture.

Daisy my puppy (likes chewing) the furniture.

Daisy my puppy likes (chewing the furniture).

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

 

We will go to the beach provided it doesn't rain.

Which of the words in the sentence below is an adjective? Write in the answer box.

 

The butcher always sells delicious sausages.

Is the underlined word a singular noun or a plural noun?

 

The chickens were running around the yard.

singular

plural

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

I like ballet because it is fun.

I enjoy playing the guitar even though it is difficult.

I like surfing it is exciting.

I enjoy reading but my sister prefers listening to music.

Write out the following sentence again, putting two commas in the correct places.

Remember to put the comma straight after the word without a space before it.

 

The four points of the compass are north south east and west.

Read the sentence below.

 

The trees creaked and groaned as the wind blew harder and harder.

 

Are the underlined words nouns, verbs or adjectives?

nouns

verbs

adjectives

Tick the sentences that are statements.

I'm hungry.

What's for tea?

Pass the salt.

I love sausages.

Would you like seconds?

The word object has more than one meaning.

 

Tick two definitions of the word from the list below.

a thing that can be seen or touched

something that is faulty

to give something back

to show disapproval

Choose the correct verb form to complete the following sentence.

 

My mum always __________ my gran to bingo on a Tuesday night.

takes

take

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

 

for example: un + happy = unhappy

 

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

Add inverted commas to the following sentence.

 

Richard asked, Please may I go to the toilet?

Which ending can be added to the word healthy to make it into an adverb?

healthier

healthful

healthier

healthily

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

 

We are going on a trip tomorrow.

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

 

my friend neela lives on market street.

Tick the words in the list that are compound words.

tractor

airport

sunshine

matchbox

mountain

Tick the sentence that uses an apostrophe correctly.

My mums new car' is silver.

My mums' new car is silver.

My mum's new car is silver.

Which is the comparative form of the adjective good?

better

best

Read the following sentence.

 

Martin hurried down the lane, panting loudly.

 

What is the word class of the underlined word?

noun

verb

adjective

adverb

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

We _____ waiting for the bus.
is
Billy _____ left his reading book at home.
have
My dad ______ coming home tomorrow.
has
They ______ moved to Notthingham.
are

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

 

Harry was allowed out to play __________ he hadn't finished his work.

even though

consequently

nevertheless

so

The following sentence contains a pronoun. Write it in the answer box.

 

Sarah and Kate came to the party and gave me a lovely present.

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

 

Lily was contented on her own.

lonely

unhappy

worried

happy

Which of the following sentences uses commas correctly?

The knight, wearing shining armour was riding a magnificent horse.

The knight wearing shining armour was, riding a magnificent horse.

The knight, wearing shining armour, was riding a magnificent horse.

The knight, wearing shining armour was, riding a magnificent, horse.

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

careless

helpful

clever

downhearted

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

 

Although I hate peas, my mum gives them to me nearly every day.

Read the following sentence.

 

My best friend Robbie is moving to the same Street as me in June.

 

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

My

Robbie

Street

June

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

 

1) My dog barks loudly __________ the postman comes.


2) He hates the postman __________ he wants to bite his leg.


3) __________, the postman is too quick and always gets away on time.

Column A

Column B

sentence 1
so
sentence 2
whenever
sentence 3
however

All the words in the list are plural nouns except one. Tick the odd one out.

scissors

trousers

spectacles

dress

Add a comma in the correct place to separate the clauses in the sentence below. Remember the comma goes straight after the word without a space before it.

 

Because it snowed we didn't go to school yesterday.

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

 

My uncle, who is very rich, has a villa in Spain.

main clause

subordinate clause

  • Question 1

The following sentence should contain three capital letters. Write it out again, inserting capital letters in the correct places.

 

there is a german boy called manfred in our class.

CORRECT ANSWER
There is a German boy called Manfred in our class.
EDDIE SAYS
Names of people and nationalities always begin with a capital letter, and you need a capital letter at the start of the sentence as well.
  • Question 2

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

 

My little brother goes to bed at seven o'clock because he is only six.

CORRECT ANSWER
main clause
EDDIE SAYS
It is the main clause because it makes sense on its own.
  • Question 3

Decide whether the apostrophe in the sentence below is for possession or omission.

 

We'll go outside once the rain stops.

CORRECT ANSWER
omission
EDDIE SAYS
The apostrophe is replacing the missing letters 'wi' in 'we will'.
  • Question 4

Which of the words in the following sentence is a preposition? Write it in the answer box.

 

The puppy hid behind the shed.

CORRECT ANSWER
behind
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'behind' is a preposition of place. It tells us where the puppy is.
  • Question 5

Is the underlined part of the following sentence a phrase or a clause?

 

The ancient grandfather clock in the hall belonged to my great aunt.

CORRECT ANSWER
phrase
EDDIE SAYS
It is a phrase because it does not contain a verb. A clause contains a noun and a verb.
  • Question 6

Tick the article in the following sentence.

 

People say that an elephant never forgets.

CORRECT ANSWER
an
EDDIE SAYS
The words 'the', 'a' and 'an' are articles.
  • Question 7

Which of the words in the list is closest in meaning to revitalised in the sentence below?

 

My mum felt revitalised after her visit to the mountains.

CORRECT ANSWER
refreshed
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 8

Choose the most suitable connective to complete the following sentence.

 

We sometimes argue __________ we are best friends.

CORRECT ANSWER
although
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'however' looks like it might fit here, too, but it is not a conjunction and it can't be used to join two sentences in this way.
  • Question 9

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

 

The team captains have __________ hands so we are ready to start the match.

CORRECT ANSWER
shaken
EDDIE SAYS
The verb 'to shake' is irregular and does not take -ed in the past tense.
  • Question 10

Choose I or me to complete the following sentence correctly.

 

My mum gave my brother and ______ an increase in our pocket money.

CORRECT ANSWER
me
EDDIE SAYS
The correct word is 'me' because the speaker is the object of the sentence, not the subject (he is being given the money rather than giving it).
  • Question 11

Which of the following sentences uses inverted commas correctly?

CORRECT ANSWER
"I'm tired," said Andrew. "I want to go home."
EDDIE SAYS
The inverted commas go around the words actually spoken. Punctuation (such as full stops or commas) goes inside the inverted commas.
  • Question 12

Match the sentences below with their most likely final punctuation.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Are you listening to me
?
I can't hear you
.
Stop talking now
!
EDDIE SAYS
A question always ends with a question mark. Exclamation marks are not essential but are helpful for the reader.
  • Question 13

Which of the following sentences is a command?

CORRECT ANSWER
Get your reading books out.
EDDIE SAYS
A command is a sentence that tells somebody what to do.
  • Question 14

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

 

The train whistled loudly before it entered the tunnel.

CORRECT ANSWER
nouns
EDDIE SAYS
Nouns are naming words.
  • Question 15

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

 

The policeman gave my dad a __________ for speeding.


The weather was __________ so we went for a picnic.

CORRECT ANSWER
fine
EDDIE SAYS
The two words are not related to each other although they look and sound the same.
  • Question 16

Which of the following sentences contains two clauses?

CORRECT ANSWER
The witch jumped onto her broomstick and soared into the night.
EDDIE SAYS
Each clause contains a verb ('jumped' and 'soared').
  • Question 17

Change the underlined verb from the past tense to the present tense and write the whole sentence in the answer box.

 

Molly went to ballet classes every Friday.

CORRECT ANSWER
Molly goes to ballet classes every Friday.
EDDIE SAYS
The verb 'to go' is an irregular verb.
  • Question 18

Tick the sentence that uses commas correctly.

CORRECT ANSWER
You will need flour, sugar, milk and butter.
EDDIE SAYS
A comma is used to separate the items in a list. No comma is placed before the first item in the list.
  • Question 19

Read the sentences below.

 

Kevin opened the box slowly and gasped excitedly. Inside he found a tiny puppy. He lifted it out gently.

 

Which of the following words are adverbs?

CORRECT ANSWER
slowly
excitedly
gently
EDDIE SAYS
Adverbs describe how an action is carried out.
  • Question 20

Which of the following sentences uses brackets correctly?

CORRECT ANSWER
Daisy (my puppy) likes chewing the furniture.
EDDIE SAYS
The brackets go around the extra information in a sentence. If the information in the brackets is removed, the sentence should still make sense. (Daisy likes chewing the furniture.)
  • Question 21

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

 

We will go to the beach provided it doesn't rain.

CORRECT ANSWER
provided
EDDIE SAYS
A conjunction links words or clauses within a sentence.
  • Question 22

Which of the words in the sentence below is an adjective? Write in the answer box.

 

The butcher always sells delicious sausages.

CORRECT ANSWER
delicious
EDDIE SAYS
An adjective describes a noun. The word 'delicious' is describing the sausages.
  • Question 23

Is the underlined word a singular noun or a plural noun?

 

The chickens were running around the yard.

CORRECT ANSWER
plural
EDDIE SAYS
A plural noun refers to more than one thing.
  • Question 24

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

CORRECT ANSWER
I like surfing it is exciting.
EDDIE SAYS
The two sentences should read as follows:
I like surfing. It is exciting.
  • Question 25

Write out the following sentence again, putting two commas in the correct places.

Remember to put the comma straight after the word without a space before it.

 

The four points of the compass are north south east and west.

CORRECT ANSWER
The four points of the compass are north, south, east and west.
The four points of the compass are north, south, east and west.
EDDIE SAYS
Commas are used to separate items in a list. We don't usually put a comma before the word 'and', but it is not wrong to do so.
  • Question 26

Read the sentence below.

 

The trees creaked and groaned as the wind blew harder and harder.

 

Are the underlined words nouns, verbs or adjectives?

CORRECT ANSWER
verbs
EDDIE SAYS
Verbs are sometimes thought of as action words.
  • Question 27

Tick the sentences that are statements.

CORRECT ANSWER
I'm hungry.
I love sausages.
EDDIE SAYS
A statement is a sentence expressing a fact or an opinion.
  • Question 28

The word object has more than one meaning.

 

Tick two definitions of the word from the list below.

CORRECT ANSWER
a thing that can be seen or touched
to show disapproval
EDDIE SAYS
Although the words are spelt the same way, they are pronounced slightly differently. In the first example the stress is on the first syllable (There was a strange OBject in the sky), but in the second example the stress is on the second syllable (I obJECT to your behaviour).
  • Question 29

Choose the correct verb form to complete the following sentence.

 

My mum always __________ my gran to bingo on a Tuesday night.

CORRECT ANSWER
takes
EDDIE SAYS
The singular third person form is 'takes'. This sentence is in the third person because the speaker's mother is the subject of the sentence.
  • Question 30

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

 

for example: un + happy = unhappy

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
misbehave
EDDIE SAYS
There is no rule to tell us which prefix to use to make a word into its opposite. It is just a case of learning them.
  • Question 31

Add inverted commas to the following sentence.

 

Richard asked, Please may I go to the toilet?

CORRECT ANSWER
Richard asked, "Please may I go to the toilet?"
Richard asked, 'Please may I go to the toilet?'
EDDIE SAYS
The inverted commas go around the words actually spoken. The punctuation at the end of the speech goes inside the inverted commas.
  • Question 32

Which ending can be added to the word healthy to make it into an adverb?

CORRECT ANSWER
healthily
EDDIE SAYS
An adverb describes how an action is carried out. In the following example the adverb 'healthily' describes the verb 'eat': If we eat healthily, we will stay fitter.
  • Question 33

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

 

We are going on a trip tomorrow.

CORRECT ANSWER
We're
EDDIE SAYS
The apostrophe replaces the 'a' that has been left out.
  • Question 34

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

 

my friend neela lives on market street.

CORRECT ANSWER
My friend Neela lives on Market Street.
EDDIE SAYS
Names of people and places need capital letters, and a capital letter is always used at the beginning of a sentence.
  • Question 35

Tick the words in the list that are compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER
airport
sunshine
matchbox
EDDIE SAYS
A compound word is a word made up of other words.
  • Question 36

Tick the sentence that uses an apostrophe correctly.

CORRECT ANSWER
My mum's new car is silver.
EDDIE SAYS
The car belongs to the mum, so the apostrophe should go after the word 'mum' but before the 's'.
  • Question 37

Which is the comparative form of the adjective good?

CORRECT ANSWER
better
EDDIE SAYS
We use the comparative form when we compare two things:
I think that Arsenal are better than Spurs.
  • Question 38

Read the following sentence.

 

Martin hurried down the lane, panting loudly.

 

What is the word class of the underlined word?

CORRECT ANSWER
adverb
EDDIE SAYS
'Loudly' is an adverb because it is describing how the verb 'panting' is being carried out.
  • Question 39

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

We _____ waiting for the bus.
are
Billy _____ left his reading book...
has
My dad ______ coming home tomorro...
is
They ______ moved to Notthingham.
have
EDDIE SAYS
The best way to tackle this one is to try out all the alternatives and see which one makes sense.
  • Question 40

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

 

Harry was allowed out to play __________ he hadn't finished his work.

CORRECT ANSWER
even though
EDDIE SAYS
The two parts of the sentence are being contrasted, so 'even though' is the correct choice.
  • Question 41

The following sentence contains a pronoun. Write it in the answer box.

 

Sarah and Kate came to the party and gave me a lovely present.

CORRECT ANSWER
me
EDDIE SAYS
A pronoun is a word that is used in place of a noun. The word 'me' in this sentence replaces the name of the speaker.
  • Question 42

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

 

Lily was contented on her own.

CORRECT ANSWER
happy
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 43

Which of the following sentences uses commas correctly?

CORRECT ANSWER
The knight, wearing shining armour, was riding a magnificent horse.
EDDIE SAYS
The commas go around the extra information in a sentence. If the information inside the commas is removed, the sentence should still make sense. (The knight was riding a magnificent horse.)
  • Question 44

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

CORRECT ANSWER
careless
EDDIE SAYS
If you are conscientious you always do your best and take a lot of care with your work.
  • Question 45

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

 

Although I hate peas, my mum gives them to me nearly every day.

CORRECT ANSWER
although
EDDIE SAYS
A conjunction joins two words or clauses within a sentence. It can be placed at the beginning of the sentence as well as in the middle.
  • Question 46

Read the following sentence.

 

My best friend Robbie is moving to the same Street as me in June.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Street
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'street' only needs to begin with a capital letter if it is part of a name (e.g. High Street).
  • Question 47

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

 

1) My dog barks loudly __________ the postman comes.


2) He hates the postman __________ he wants to bite his leg.


3) __________, the postman is too quick and always gets away on time.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

sentence 1
whenever
sentence 2
so
sentence 3
however
EDDIE SAYS
'Whenever' and 'so' are conjunctions and can be used to join clauses within a sentence. 'However' can be used to link a sentence back to the one before but should not be used to join clauses.
  • Question 48

All the words in the list are plural nouns except one. Tick the odd one out.

CORRECT ANSWER
dress
EDDIE SAYS
'Scissors', 'trousers' and 'spectacles' are unusual nouns because they are never used in the singular form.
  • Question 49

Add a comma in the correct place to separate the clauses in the sentence below. Remember the comma goes straight after the word without a space before it.

 

Because it snowed we didn't go to school yesterday.

CORRECT ANSWER
Because it snowed, we didn't go to school yesterday.
Because it snowed, we didn't go to school yesterday.
EDDIE SAYS
A comma is usually used to separate a subordinate clause from a main clause if the subordinate clause comes first in the sentence.
  • Question 50

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

 

My uncle, who is very rich, has a villa in Spain.

CORRECT ANSWER
subordinate clause
EDDIE SAYS
It is a subordinate clause because it does not make sense on its own.
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