Be reassured about the spelling test. You will not be expected to know the spellings of words that are not in common usage or words used in a school context. Few people can claim to be perfect spellers (including the author of this chapter!) and it is unlikely you will be able to spell correctly all the words in the test. However, you can improve your spelling by following a few sensible guidelines. Do the diagnostic test below and if you get 25 or more right then you probably do not need to worry too much about the actual spelling test.