11-Plus English Quiz - Spelling: Unstressed Vowels (Questions)

As you will already know, the vowels are a, e, i, o and u. Spelling in English is notoriously difficult: this is especially so in the case of British English. In many words, not all the vowels are stressed: this causes difficulty in spelling such words.

If you think of the letter a. It is pronounced very differently in certain words. Look at the following:

It's no wonder that spelling is such a big part of the English curriculum. Play this 11-plus quiz and see how good a British English 'spelling bee' you are.

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1. Which one of the following words has been spelt correctly?
[ ] juwellery
[ ] jewellry
[ ] jewelery
[ ] jewellery
2. Which one of the following words has been spelt correctly?
[ ] definitely
[ ] definately
[ ] defenitely
[ ] definitly
3. Which one of the following words has been spelt correctly?
[ ] litrature
[ ] literature
[ ] litereture
[ ] liturature
4. Which one of the following words has been spelt correctly?
[ ] Wednesday
[ ] Wensday
[ ] Wenesday
[ ] Wensday
5. Which one of the following words has been spelt correctly?
[ ] volentary
[ ] voluntery
[ ] voluntary
[ ] voluntry
6. Which one of the following words has been spelt correctly?
[ ] misurable
[ ] miserabel
[ ] misrable
[ ] miserable
7. Which one of the following words has been spelt correctly?
[ ] factry
[ ] factory
[ ] factori
[ ] factery
8. Which one of the following words has been spelt correctly?
[ ] seprate
[ ] seperate
[ ] separate
[ ] sepperate
9. Which one of the following words has been spelt correctly?
[ ] marvullous
[ ] marvelous
[ ] marvellous
[ ] marvellus
10. Which one of the following words has been spelt correctly?
[ ] desprate
[ ] desperate
[ ] desparate
[ ] despirate
11-Plus English Quiz - Spelling: Unstressed Vowels (Answers)
1. Which one of the following words has been spelt correctly?
[ ] juwellery
[ ] jewellry
[ ] jewelery
[x] jewellery
She wore only the finest jewellery
2. Which one of the following words has been spelt correctly?
[x] definitely
[ ] definately
[ ] defenitely
[ ] definitly
Make sure you definitely remember how to spell this one!
3. Which one of the following words has been spelt correctly?
[ ] litrature
[x] literature
[ ] litereture
[ ] liturature
Do you enjoy literature?
4. Which one of the following words has been spelt correctly?
[x] Wednesday
[ ] Wensday
[ ] Wenesday
[ ] Wensday
Sheffield Wednesday are my favourite football team
5. Which one of the following words has been spelt correctly?
[ ] volentary
[ ] voluntery
[x] voluntary
[ ] voluntry
He decided to take voluntary redundancy
6. Which one of the following words has been spelt correctly?
[ ] misurable
[ ] miserabel
[ ] misrable
[x] miserable
Don't feel too miserable if you got this one wrong
7. Which one of the following words has been spelt correctly?
[ ] factry
[x] factory
[ ] factori
[ ] factery
Are you going to be a spelling bee?
8. Which one of the following words has been spelt correctly?
[ ] seprate
[ ] seperate
[x] separate
[ ] sepperate
Separate is often misspelt
9. Which one of the following words has been spelt correctly?
[ ] marvullous
[ ] marvelous
[x] marvellous
[ ] marvellus
They had a marvellous time at the circus
10. Which one of the following words has been spelt correctly?
[ ] desprate
[x] desperate
[ ] desparate
[ ] despirate
She was desperate to get her exam results