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Test of Written Spelling – Fifth Edition (TWS-5)

The Test of Written Spelling – Fifth Edition (TWS-5; Larsen, Hammill, & Moats, 2013) is an accurate and efficient instrument that uses a dictated-word format to assess spelling skills in school-age children and adolescents from 5 to 18 years old.


The test has two forms that can be administered in 20 minutes, either to individuals or to a group. Each form contains 50 spelling words drawn from eight basal spelling series and graded word lists. The results of the TWS-5 can be used to identify students whose spelling proficiency is significantly below their peers and who might need support; document progress in spelling improvements resulting from intervention; and serve as a measure for researchers studying spelling.


Author (yr) Age Range (yrs) Method of Administration/Format Approx. Time to Administer Subscales
Test of Written Spelling – Fifth Edition (TWS-5) Larsen, Hammill, & Moats (2013) 5-18

Individual or group administered norm-referenced measure of strengths and weaknesses in written spelling.

Yields standard scores, percentiles, and age/grade equivalents

20 min.

Spelling Score (SS), Spelling Age

Larsen, S., Hammill, D., & Moats, L. (2013). Test of Written Spelling (5th ed.). Austin, TX: Pro-Ed.

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