As much as a third of British adults would fail to spell as well as an 11-year old is expected to do when sitting their Standard Assessment Tests (SATs), new research has revealed.
A recent study commissioned by King Digital Entertainment asked adults to complete spelling tests at Key Stage 2 level. These have been designed to determine the abilities of children aged between ten and 11 as they near the end of their primary school life. A third (66%) achieved an ‘outstanding’ Level 6 result, but just 67% of the adults achieved a Level 4 rating or above, which is what a primary school leaver would be expected to achieve. Only 44% reached Level 5, which is normally considered a ‘good’ result for an 11-year old. A shocking 15% of the adults failed to achieve Level 3.
Countdown’s word expert, Susie Dent, said, "It's disheartening to see that one third of adults would not reach the expected level for an 11 year old, suggesting that the ability to spell is losing its importance in our daily lives. Modern tools like spellcheck and autocorrect encourage us to switch off from learning, leading to complacency or, at worst, indifference. Games such as Countdown and AlphaBetty Saga are a good way of improving your spelling without even realising you're doing it."
The words adults in the survey most often misspelled were Phenomenon, Unnecessary, Disappearance, Correspondent and Synchronised.
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