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UK parents took their 10-year-olds out of school to protest this grammar test. Can you pass it?

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Come on, it’s not that hard.
  • Cassie Werber
By Cassie Werber

Cassie writes about the world of work.

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Last week, parents across the UK took their kids out of school, spending time at parks and museums instead. They also made protest posters: “Stop Testing!” they read, and “Let our kids be kids.”

The stay-at-home protest targeted government-mandated tests, which many parents and teachers think put too much pressure on children. Standard Assessment Tests, or SATs, test 7-year-olds and 10-11 year olds on English and math. But many feel that the curriculum narrows down learning to “hoop-jumping” and memorizing of technical grammar terms in a way reminiscent of 1950s schooling.

So, can you answer questions from a sample test for 10 and 11-year-olds? Answers are at the bottom.


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1) The first and second sentence use ‘after’ as a preposition. The third uses it as a subordinating conjunction.
2) The underlined phrase should be: has wanted.
3) As a relative clause.
4) Build.
5) Gemma was doing her science homework.
6) The first two sentences use co-ordinating conjunctions. The third uses a subordinating conjunction.
7) Two, the, and one should all be circled.
8) That book about the Romans should be underlined.

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