How do I use Spelling Assessments?

Assessments can be used to test your students’ understanding of a topic or to identify any gaps in their learning.

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How Spelling Assessments work

When a student takes an assessment, they’ll be answering outside of Sumdog’s games, much like a paper test. The results are sent to you in real time and you can share or print these if you wish.

Assessments can be repeated for a class or student to see if they have shown an improvement. You can also create an assessment for your current class and repeat it for your class next year. 

Students are able to start the assessment and then stop and come back to it (as long as it’s within the time limit you have set).

How to set a Spelling Assessment

  1. Make sure you have Spelling selected on your Teacher Dashboard and go into Set Work

    Set work for spelling

  2. Click 'create & view' in the Assessments box

    spelling assessments box

  3. Click 'create an assessment'

    create an assessment button (spelling)

  4. Select spelling and click 'next'

    set up a spelling assessment subject page

  5. Select the students you want to include in the assessment. You can use the filters on the left to show only your classes/grades or to show all the classes/grades in your school. Click the circle next to a class to select all the students in the class.

    If you only want to select individual students within a class, use the blue arrows next to a class to expand it, then click the circle next to each student you want to include.

    Once you've chosen all the students you want to include in the assessment, click 'next'

    filter students for login details

  6. Choose the settings for your assessment and click 'next'

    spelling assessment settings

  7. If you chose the 'Select my own words' option in the previous step, type the words you want to include in the text box and click on them when they appear below. The words you've selected will appear on the right.

    spelling assessment word list

    If you chose the 'Automatically select words based on skills' option, select the skills you want to include in the assessment. You can filter by grade on the left. Clicking the blue arrow next to a skill will show all the spelling words included in that skill.

    spelling assessment skills

    Click 'next' to continue to the next step
  8. You will be taken to a preview of the words that will be included in your assessment. To swap out a word, click the blue refresh icon on the right. 

    question preview refresh button (spelling)

  9. Click 'create'

    create spelling assessment

How to view and edit a Spelling Assessment

  1. Go into Set Work
  2. Click 'create & view' in the Assessments box

    spelling assessments box

  3. If you'd like to edit an assessment, skip to Step 5.

    If you'd like to view the results of an assessment, click 'results' next to the assessment you want to view.

    assessment list with results button circled

  4. You will be shown a list of students and their score in the assessment. A check mark below a question means that student answered the question correctly, an X means they answered the question wrong, and a blank square means they didn't answer the question.

    Hover over the number of the question to show the word students were asked to spell. 

    spelling assessment question numbers

  5. To edit an assessment, click 'repeat' next to the assessment you'd like to edit.

    assessment list with repeat buttons circled

  6. You'll be taken through the setup pages again for that assessment. Click 'next' until you reach the page with details you would like to edit, then make the changes on that page.
  7. Click 'next' until you reach the Repeat page listing all the words that will be included in the assessment.

    repeat questions page

  8. Click 'repeat' to set the assessment with your added changes. 

    repeat questions page with arrow pointing to repeat button