KS2 English Quiz - Spelling: ie or ei? (Questions)

This KS2 English spelling quiz takes a look at words spelled using either 'ie' or 'ei'. You might have heard the spelling rule: 'I before E, except after C'. This rule is very useful for helping us to decide whether to spell a word with 'ie' or 'ei', especially when you also know this exception: always use 'ei' for the 'ay' sound (as in 'eight').

Many people struggle with these spellings as there are quite a few exceptions. Take your time and practise this quiz more than once to get used to words with 'ie' or 'ei'.

See how well you can spell 'ie' and 'ei' words with this quiz - but watch out for the exceptions!

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1. Spell the missing words correctly.
The ____ executive opened the new ____ centre.
[ ] chief, leisure
[ ] cheif, leisure
[ ] chief, liesure
[ ] cheif, liesure
2. Spell the missing words correctly.
The horse pulling the ____ began to ____.
[ ] sliegh, niegh
[ ] sleigh, niegh
[ ] sliegh, neigh
[ ] sleigh, neigh
3. Spell the missing words correctly.
Mrs. Harrison's ____ caught the ____.
[ ] niece, theif
[ ] neice, theif
[ ] niece, thief
[ ] neice, thief
4. Spell the missing words correctly.
She could actually see the quick pulse in her ____ after her sprint across the ____.
[ ] veins, field
[ ] viens, field
[ ] veins, feild
[ ] viens, feild
5. Spell the missing words correctly.
The receptionist asked ____ father for his ____.
[ ] thier, receipt
[ ] their, receipt
[ ] thier, reciept
[ ] their, reciept
6. Spell the missing words correctly.
____ you will ____ it or you will not!
[ ] Either, beleive
[ ] Iether, beleive
[ ] Either, believe
[ ] Iether, believe
7. Spell the missing words correctly.
They were ____ to find out that there would be no ____ lecture today.
[ ] releived, hygeine
[ ] relieved, hygeine
[ ] releived, hygiene
[ ] relieved, hygiene
8. Spell the missing words correctly.
The ____ was surprised to ____ an unexpected parcel in the post.
[ ] priest, recieve
[ ] preist, recieve
[ ] priest, receive
[ ] preist, receive
9. Spell the missing words correctly.
He remembered to step carefully in the loft because the ____ could not hold his ____.
[ ] cieling, weight
[ ] ceiling, weight
[ ] cieling, wieght
[ ] ceiling, wieght
10. Spell the missing words correctly.
His mum couldn't ____ it was his ____ birthday.
[ ] believe, eighteenth
[ ] beleive, eighteenth
[ ] believe, ieghteenth
[ ] beleive, ieghteenth

 

KS2 English Quiz - Spelling: ie or ei? (Answers)
1. Spell the missing words correctly.
The ____ executive opened the new ____ centre.
[x] chief, leisure
[ ] cheif, leisure
[ ] chief, liesure
[ ] cheif, liesure
Remember: i before e (chief); 'leisure' is an exception.
2. Spell the missing words correctly.
The horse pulling the ____ began to ____.
[ ] sliegh, niegh
[ ] sleigh, niegh
[ ] sliegh, neigh
[x] sleigh, neigh
Remember: 'ay' sounds need e before i (sleigh and neigh).
3. Spell the missing words correctly.
Mrs. Harrison's ____ caught the ____.
[ ] niece, theif
[ ] neice, theif
[x] niece, thief
[ ] neice, thief
These two words follow the rule.
4. Spell the missing words correctly.
She could actually see the quick pulse in her ____ after her sprint across the ____.
[x] veins, field
[ ] viens, field
[ ] veins, feild
[ ] viens, feild
Veins has the 'ay' sound.
5. Spell the missing words correctly.
The receptionist asked ____ father for his ____.
[ ] thier, receipt
[x] their, receipt
[ ] thier, reciept
[ ] their, reciept
Remember: i before e, except after c (receipt); 'their' follows the 'ay' rule.
6. Spell the missing words correctly.
____ you will ____ it or you will not!
[ ] Either, beleive
[ ] Iether, beleive
[x] Either, believe
[ ] Iether, believe
'Either' is an exception, as is 'neither'.
7. Spell the missing words correctly.
They were ____ to find out that there would be no ____ lecture today.
[ ] releived, hygeine
[ ] relieved, hygeine
[ ] releived, hygiene
[x] relieved, hygiene
'Relieved' and 'hygiene' both follow the i before e rule.
8. Spell the missing words correctly.
The ____ was surprised to ____ an unexpected parcel in the post.
[ ] priest, recieve
[ ] preist, recieve
[x] priest, receive
[ ] preist, receive
Remember: i before e (priest), except after c (receive).
9. Spell the missing words correctly.
He remembered to step carefully in the loft because the ____ could not hold his ____.
[ ] cieling, weight
[x] ceiling, weight
[ ] cieling, wieght
[ ] ceiling, wieght
Weight follows the 'ay' rule.
10. Spell the missing words correctly.
His mum couldn't ____ it was his ____ birthday.
[x] believe, eighteenth
[ ] beleive, eighteenth
[ ] believe, ieghteenth
[ ] beleive, ieghteenth
Eighteenth has the 'ay' sound.