A+ Spelling Test isn't going to be a one-stop spelling solution for teachers, but it could be a solid tool for at-home practice or a classroom station. There's no teacher dashboard, so pushing out lists to students and receiving their results could get cumbersome, since it's all handled by each student and via email. Students can also visit a classroom station to brush up their skills in preparation for quizzes and tests. Ultimately, though, It'd be easier for parents to manage at home. Parents can set students up with an account on a home device, add words assigned by a teacher, and receive emails of students' results.Continue reading Show less
A+ Spelling Test is a spelling app for iOS. Students can practice spelling using grade-level lists from the in-app library, or teachers can create and share custom lists. With the paid version, students can create an account and share their test and practice results with parents or teachers via email. The login screen is in the app's settings, behind a parent gate that requires placing three fingers on the screen. Once logged in, students will stay logged in until someone else does so through the setting. Logged-in users get their results saved. The word library includes dozens of lists for every grade level from first to 12th as well as master lists for advanced spellers. The paid version increases the amount of built-in lists and words. There are a few modes as well. Of course, there's the standard spelling test mode, and there are options to practice (including focusing on spelling words over and over until they're correct or just reviewing mistakes) as well as an unscramble game.
Partnered with sound instruction in spelling patterns, A+ Spelling Test can give students practice learning spelling words for a test. Words are pronounced out loud to give students auditory input (they can also record their own pronunciations), but there's no kinesthetic writing of the words, only typing the letters on the device. Students do get immediate feedback if they've spelled the word incorrectly, and they can correct it. Overall, this tool is best for preparing students to spell words correctly on a test and may or may not improve spelling long-term. For teachers preparing students for spelling bees or competitions, where students need repeated exposure and practice with a set word list, A+ Spelling Test would work really well.
Key Standards Supported
Use conventional spelling for words with common spelling patterns and for frequently occurring irregular words.
Generalize learned spelling patterns when writing words (e.g., cage → badge; boy → boil).
Use conventional spelling for high-frequency and other studied words and for adding suffixes to base words (e.g., sitting, smiled, cries, happiness).
Spell grade-appropriate words correctly, consulting references as needed.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
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