Sample Questions on the Grammar, Spelling & Punctuation Test

GSPAT-120

The following questions are similar to those on the Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test (GSPAT). The correct answer for each question may be found at the bottom of this page. (You may find it helpful to review the basic principles of English spelling, grammar, and punctuation from a standard text book.)

Sub-test I - Spelling

For each of the following sentences, find the underlined word that contains an error in spelling. If none of the underlined words contains a spelling error, then choice (5) is the correct answer.

Question 1

Because letter writing is an important aspect of offise
                                (1)              (2)
 work, a good grasp of grammar and spelling principles
                                              (3)
 is a very useful asset. _______
            (4)           (5)

Question 2

An answer to a request for information, a letter to
                 (1)
promote a product, or a letter extending credit should
                                  (2)
produce a good impresion for the company. _______
  (3)            (4)                       (5)

Sub-test II - Grammar

For each of the following groups of sentences, find the underlined word or group of words that represents an error in grammar. If none of the underlined words contains an error in grammar, then choice (5) is the correct answer.

Question 3

We had went to the office yesterday to do some extra
        (1)
work. We told him that we did not know when our work
              (2)           (3)            (4)
would be completed. _______
                      (5)

Question 4

This is the most valuable proposal that I have yet seen.
    (1)        (2)                               (3)
Our staff members have been working on it these past few
                        (4)
months. _______
          (5)

Sub-test III - Punctuation

For each of the following groups of sentences, find the underlined punctuation mark that represents an error in punctuation. If none of the underlined punctuation marks is incorrect, then choice (5) is the correct answer.

Question 5

Did you receive the order of stamps, envelopes, writing
                                  (1)       (2)
paper and postcards. We need them as soon as possible.
                  (3)                              (4)
_______
  (5)

Question 6

Which type of money order do you need? We can purchase
                                    (1)
a bank, postal, express or telegraph money order. _______
     (2)    (3)                               (4)  (5)

Answers

  1. (2)
  2. (4)
  3. (1)
  4. (5)
  5. (3)
  6. (5)