KS3 Spelling Quiz - Words beginning with at... (Questions)

Are you tempted to attempt this KS3 quiz about spelling words beginning with at?

"When our spelling is perfect, it's invisible. But when it's flawed, it prompts strong negative associations." - Marilyn vos Savant.

If it's true that we only notice spelling when it is incorrect, how can anyone learn to spell well? If you read a lot, you might not notice individual spellings, but your mind will become accustomed to correct spelling. Being subconsciously familiar with the way words are spelled will be an advantage when you make a spelling mistake in your writing. When you re-read your work, the misspelled word might leap right off the page, flashing red lights and all. Then it will be your job to fix it!

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There are other ways to work on your spelling, of course, including through practice, through grouping together words with similar roots, and through learning rules for adding suffixes and prefixes. You can also keep lists of words you use frequently but find difficult to spell correctly.

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1. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
A person who actively participates in physical sports
[ ] athlete
[ ] atheleat
[ ] atherlete
[ ] athalete
2. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Having a muscular, well developed body, being in shape
[ ] atherltic
[ ] athletick
[ ] athaletic
[ ] athletic
3. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
A collection of maps
[ ] atless
[ ] atlass
[ ] atlas
[ ] attlass
4. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
The mass of air surrounding the Earth
[ ] atmosphere
[ ] atmusphere
[ ] atmesphere
[ ] atmosfear
5. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Perceptible to the ears
[ ] audibble
[ ] audibbel
[ ] audible
[ ] ordible
6. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
A gathering of spectators or listeners
[ ] ordience
[ ] audience
[ ] audeence
[ ] audiance
7. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Someone who writes books, stories or articles
[ ] authar
[ ] auther
[ ] orther
[ ] author
8. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
The power or right to give orders or make decisions
[ ] authority
[ ] aurthority
[ ] autharity
[ ] orthority
9. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
The season before winter
[ ] autum
[ ] ortum
[ ] autumn
[ ] auterm
10. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
The arithmetic mean
[ ] avarige
[ ] averidge
[ ] averige
[ ] average
KS3 Spelling Quiz - Words beginning with at... (Answers)
1. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
A person who actively participates in physical sports
[x] athlete
[ ] atheleat
[ ] atherlete
[ ] athalete
If you can remember how to spell "athlete", you will also be able to spell "athletic"
2. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Having a muscular, well developed body, being in shape
[ ] atherltic
[ ] athletick
[ ] athaletic
[x] athletic
"Athletic" is spelled phonetically, meaning that its spelling corresponds to how the word sounds
3. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
A collection of maps
[ ] atless
[ ] atlass
[x] atlas
[ ] attlass
The second a is the tricky letter to remember in this word
4. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
The mass of air surrounding the Earth
[x] atmosphere
[ ] atmusphere
[ ] atmesphere
[ ] atmosfear
If you can remember how to spell "sphere", you will have a little trouble with "atmosphere"
5. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Perceptible to the ears
[ ] audibble
[ ] audibbel
[x] audible
[ ] ordible
The word "audible" is related to the word "audio"
6. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
A gathering of spectators or listeners
[ ] ordience
[x] audience
[ ] audeence
[ ] audiance
Do you recognise the relationship between "audience", "audible" and "audio"? What is the connection between these three words?
7. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
Someone who writes books, stories or articles
[ ] authar
[ ] auther
[ ] orther
[x] author
The o of the unstressed second syllable is the tricky letter to remember
8. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
The power or right to give orders or make decisions
[x] authority
[ ] aurthority
[ ] autharity
[ ] orthority
The word "authority" is related to the word "author"
9. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
The season before winter
[ ] autum
[ ] ortum
[x] autumn
[ ] auterm
Do you think the letter n comes as a surprise in this word?
10. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
The arithmetic mean
[ ] avarige
[ ] averidge
[ ] averige
[x] average
The pronunciation of the -age in "average" makes this spelling especially difficult!