SPaGhetti Bollocknese

You have 15 minutes to complete this test. There are different types of question for you to answer in different ways. Do not include any expletives or doodles. Read the instructions carefully so that you know how to answer each question. Budget constraints make it difficult to include tables in the document, so some of the sentences containing multiple choice questions may have complicated instructions.

If your teacher is a Qualified Teacher you should be able to attempt most of the questions. If your teacher is not a qualified teacher, they may not have been able to prepare you properly for the test. Either way, it is important that you do your best. Unfortunately, if you do not answer enough questions correctly, you will have to take the test again. This is especially the case for people who had not previously realised that they are not clever at tests.

  1. Find the fronted adverbial in this sentence:
    Before consulting with experts, ministers of education asked the treasury how soon they planned to privatise schools.
  2. Circle one verb in each underlined pair to complete the sentences using Standard English.
    I is/am always reminding her that SATS are for the school, not for her.
    He is/were moaning about the irrelevance of long division to adult life.
  3. Write the contracted form of the underlined words in the box.
    The decision to force 18,000 schools to become academies does not seem wise.
  4. Circle all the pronouns in the sentence below.
    The government created new MATs for themselves and free schools for their friends.
  5. Circle the option which shows how the underlined words are used in the sentence: as a preposition phrase/ as a relative clause / as a main clause / as a noun phrase.
    My daughter will soon be sitting SATS, which are designed to make children understand that life is competitive.
  6. Indicate how the modal verb affects the meaning of the sentence by underlining which verbs indicate certainty and circling the verbs which indicate possibility.
    Budgets will be very tight next year.
    Nicky might have missed the point.
    George can count money.
    Governments could govern for the benefit of the population.
  7. Circle all the conjunctions in the sentences below.
    Once Nicky had put on her waterproof suit, she read out the White Paper.
    Whilst writing the White Paper, she ignored what the experts suggested.
    Nicky needs to withdraw the proposals immediately, since a hurricane is coming.
  8. Tick all the sentences that contain a preposition.
    George planned to sell off all the schools before he left office.
    The EBacc is beyond useless as a measure of educational success.

    Gibb is below Morgan in the pecking order.
  9. Indicate whether the word after is used as a subordinating conjunction or as a preposition by circling the subordinating conjunctions and underlining the prepositions. She got the job after her predecessor annoyed his friend Dave.
    Students will lose self-esteem if they are forced to repeat their SATS.
    He didn’t bother doing QTS training after the government said it didn’t matter any more.
  10. Please complete the sentence using a noun:
    They are …………..
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