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Answer Key
Grammar/Composition Placement Test
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Evaluating Evaluating
the Placement
Test
the Placement Test

Use the following chart to determine the appropriate level of Verticy’s Grammar/Composition. If you
know the student’s grammar and composition skills well enough and are able to place the student
in a Grammar/Composition level based on the information in this chart alone, there is no need to
complete Parts I and II of this placement evaluation.
RED LEVEL GC
GREEN LEVEL GC
YELLOW LEVEL GC
ORANGE LEVEL GC
SKILL LEVEL SUMMARY
Student can
Student is
write part of a
learning the
simple sentence structure of a
basic sentence
Student is using
basic vocabulary
and primary
sentence
structure
Student is
working more
with sentence
structure than
paragraph
structure
Student has a
story to tell, but
doesn’t know
where to begin
Student writing
is not sequential
and words may
be missing
Student benefits
from the use
of modeling
and having
examples
provided within
the lessons
Student is using
basic primary
vocabulary as
well as primary
sentence
structure
Student can
write several
sentences
Student can
focus on one
topic
Student’s
writing lacks
appropriate
sequence
Student is
beginning
to use more
sophisiticated
vocabulary
Student is
working with
sentence
structure equal
to the paragraph
structure
Student varies
sentence
starters and
styles of
sentences
Student
is writing
compound
sentences
Student is
using broader
vocabulary
Student is
using stronger
phrasing
Student
demonstrates
evidence of
paragraph
organization
Student
demonstrates
logical sequence
to order of
sentences in
paragraph
Student
demonstrates
awareness of
audience and
purpose
Student is
beginning to
use editing
skills; correction
changes may be
visible
Student
is writing
compound and
some complex
sentences
Student
sentences have
consistent noun/
verb agreement,
more specific
verbs and
advanced
vocabulary
Student uses
multi-syllable
and contentspecific words
Student uses
adjectives
and adverbs
in writing and
has detailed
descriptions
Student writing
demonstrates
evidence of
audience and
purpose
Student is
capable of
regularly
writing a multiparagraph
composition
Student has a
Student is able
command of
to self-edit
capitalization
and punctuation
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Evaluating the Placement Test
Placement Evaluation, Verticy Learning
Writing Guidelines
Part I. Composition
WRITING GUIDELINES
The composition contained within Verticy’s Grammar/Composition Assessment is used to see how
well the student understands the steps in writing a good composition. Please have the student submit
a current, unedited writing sample or have the student write an unedited composition as part of the
placement process. Write the composition on a separate piece of paper. You will use the skill-level
chart from the previous page to determine the appropriate level of Verticy’s Grammar/Composition.
1.Write your composition on one of the subjects listed below or about the picture shown.
2.Write your composition on lined paper using a pencil.
3.Whenever possible, handwrite your composition.
4.You should use punctuation marks and capital letters where they belong.
5. Do not ask for help spelling words. Use your best thinking.
6. If you use a pre-writing organizer, please include this with the composition.
7. It is not necessary for you to have your composition edited or to write a final draft. If, however, you
wish to write a final draft, remember to submit the rough draft with the final draft.
8. If you have a severe fear of writing, you may write a letter to a friend or family member, or you may
send in previously written rough drafts as long as the sample reflects your current composition skills.
My Pets My Family An Exciting Day
My Friend An Interesting Trip Fun on the Weekend
HOW MUCH TIME DID YOUR STUDENT SPEND WRITING THIS COMPOSITION?
__________ HOURS __________ MINUTES
The time recorded above included…
FF Some or all steps of preplanning (use of an organizer,
writing a rough draft, editing, and writing final draft)
FF Only the writing of the composition?
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Writing Guidelines
Placement Evaluation, Verticy Learning
Part II. Grammar
Part II. Grammar
GRAMMAR GUIDELINES
The grammar assessment identifies the degree to which a student understands the more common parts
of speech. You will use the skill-level chart from page 2 to determine the appropriate level of Verticy’s
Grammar/Composition.
I. Carefully read each of the following groups of words. Put a check mark (✓) on the line of each
group of words that make a complete sentence. Watch out! Punctuation marks do not necessarily
mean complete sentences.
_____ 1. The children on the baseball team.
_____ 2. The playful kittens are fun to watch.
_____ 3. The boys climbed up to the tree house quickly.
_____ 4. Each of the children.
_____ 5. Teddy is a good swimmer.
II. Draw a line ( / ) between the complete subject and the complete predicate in the following sentences.
Example: Yesterday, the mouse / ran up the old clock.
1. The three little kittens lost their mittens.
2. Many pretty flowers grow in May.
3. The package arrived on time.
4. Most children enjoy games.
5. Several students attended the game.
III. Underline each verb phrase.
Example: Yesterday, the mouse was running up the old clock.
1. The wind is blowing fiercely.
2. Motorcycles were roaring down the highway.
3. The bees have gathered the nectar.
4. Our class will study minerals.
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Part II. Grammar
Placement Evaluation, Verticy Learning
Part II. Grammar
IV. Underline all adjectives in each sentence. Do not underline the articles a, an, or the.
Example: Yesterday, the gray mouse ran up the old clock.
1. The tall, thin girl brought an empty basket.
2. I saw a beautiful, bright light.
3. The spotted dog ran to greet the little boy.
4. Six friends ate hamburgers at the summer picnic.
V. Underline the adverbs in each sentence.
Example: Yesterday, the mouse ran up the old clock.
1. The instructor arrived late.
2. The driver drove the bus cautiously.
3. The team will play football today.
4. The tutor easily explained the math problem.
5. The children are playing there quietly in the yard.
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Part II. Grammar
Placement Evaluation, Verticy Learning