Unless you won your grade school spelling bee, you might struggle with the latest quiz that has hit the internet. It’s a challenge test to separate the great spellers from those who don’t have the same skill. Called a “fiendishly difficult” test by Daily Mail, this quiz created by Playbuzz certainly will put your spelling abilities to the test. And we challenge you to take it right now.
Feel free to challenge your friends and family once you’ve finished as you’re going to want to know how your spelling skills stack up to theirs. Although we all want to be the best, this quiz separates the spelling pros from the amateurs. Don’t take it personally. This test is tough!
The quiz is conducted in multiple-choice style. You’ll be asked to choose between two answers and decide which choice is spelled correctly.
For example, a question might ask you to choose the correctly spelled word from the following:
A) “embarassed” or “embarrassed.”
Do you know which one is right? Consider this a warm-up because it is not part of the Playbuzz quiz. The correct spelling is the second one.
You’ll need struggle through nineteen questions in this spelling test. And nothing is off limits in it. You’ll need to know descriptor words, nouns, verbs, and even proper nouns like names of states in America. Some of those can be exceptionally tough.
Spelling is a useful skill. It helps improve your communication ability and get your ideas across clearer and more quickly. When you misspell words, people might misread your meaning, which can confuse.
Many spelling tips are floating around that you’ve probably heard about. But Business Insider ran a piece back in 2014 to help people improve their spelling with some quick, easy-to-remember tips.
First, they wanted to clarify the confusion surrounding words that include “ei” or “ie.”
You probably know the elementary school rhyme, “I before E except after C.” But anyone with any experience in English knows better than to follow that rule for every instance.
Business Insider explains when to use the “C” rule and when to skip it.
“First of all, the ‘c’ rule only holds for ‘e/I’ combinations that sound like ‘ee,’ as in ‘ceiling.’ When the ‘e/I’ combination after ‘c’ makes a different sound, the ‘I’ usually goes first, as in ‘science’ or ‘efficient.’”
They offered another tip around the same letter combination:
“Second, many times the ‘e’ goes before ‘i,’ such as when the vowel combination sounds like ‘ay,’ as in ‘feign’ or ‘vein.’ Many words don’t fit the rules at all, such as ‘their’ and ‘weird.’”
But what should you do when using suffixes? How do you know when to use “ible” or “able” to end a word? Business Insider offers a tip.
“Usually, a word that takes the suffix ‘-able’ can stand alone as a word itself, like ‘understandable.’ The same still goes for dropped “e’s” and double consonants, like ‘advisable’ (stem: advise) and ‘stoppable’ (stem: stop). Words with ‘-ible’ almost never function as words on their own, like “audible.” Also, words with a hard ‘c’ (pronounced like ‘k’) and a hard ‘g’ (as in ‘gig’) usually take ‘-ible.’”
Take the quiz and see how you do!
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How did you do on this quiz?