11-Plus English Quiz - Spelling: Graphemes (Questions)

A grapheme is a written representation of a phoneme, for example: 'f', ''ph' and 'gh' (as in 'fat', 'photo' and 'tough') represent the same sound 'f'. Don't forget: a grapheme can only represent a single sound; otherwise, it is not a grapheme. Also, some phonemes can be represented by different graphemes, for example: the 'k' sound can be written with 'c', 'k' and 'ck'; the 'ee' can be be written with 'ee', 'ea', 'ie', 'ei', 'e' and 'ee'. Wow!

It might help if you say the words out loud. Have a go at this quiz and see how good you are at spotting graphemes. Good luck!

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1. Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
Caterpillar
[ ] cat
[ ] c
[ ] pillar
[ ] erpill
2. Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
Leaf
[ ] le
[ ] lea
[ ] leaf
[ ] ea
3. Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
Through
[ ] ough
[ ] Thr
[ ] Throu
[ ] Through
4. Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
Rabbit
[ ] ra
[ ] it
[ ] rab
[ ] bb
5. Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
Mosquito
[ ] mos
[ ] os
[ ] ito
[ ] qu
6. Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
School
[ ] ch
[ ] schoo
[ ] ool
[ ] scho
7. Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
Knock
[ ] nock
[ ] kno
[ ] kn
[ ] ock
8. Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
Ocean
[ ] ce
[ ] oce
[ ] cean
[ ] ean
9. Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
Journey
[ ] jour
[ ] our
[ ] journ
[ ] urney
10. Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
Drought
[ ] drough
[ ] ough
[ ] ought
[ ] drought
11-Plus English Quiz - Spelling: Graphemes (Answers)
1. Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
Caterpillar
[ ] cat
[x] c
[ ] pillar
[ ] erpill
The 'k' sound is represented by the grapheme 'c'
2. Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
Leaf
[ ] le
[ ] lea
[ ] leaf
[x] ea
The 'ee' sound is represented by the grapheme 'ea'
3. Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
Through
[x] ough
[ ] Thr
[ ] Throu
[ ] Through
The 'oo' sound is represented by the grapheme 'ough'
4. Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
Rabbit
[ ] ra
[ ] it
[ ] rab
[x] bb
The 'b' sound is represented by the grapheme 'bb'
5. Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
Mosquito
[ ] mos
[ ] os
[ ] ito
[x] qu
The 'k' sound is represented by the grapheme 'qu'
6. Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
School
[x] ch
[ ] schoo
[ ] ool
[ ] scho
The 'k' sound is represented by the grapheme 'ch'
7. Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
Knock
[ ] nock
[ ] kno
[x] kn
[ ] ock
The 'n' sound is represented by the grapheme 'kn'
8. Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
Ocean
[x] ce
[ ] oce
[ ] cean
[ ] ean
The 'sh' sound is represented by the grapheme 'ce'
9. Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
Journey
[ ] jour
[x] our
[ ] journ
[ ] urney
The 'ur' sound is represented by the grapheme 'our'
10. Decide which combination of letters is a grapheme for the given word.
Drought
[ ] drough
[x] ough
[ ] ought
[ ] drought
The 'ow' sound is represented by the grapheme 'ough'