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Friday, July 20, 2012

How To pass Odesk English Spelling Test (US Version) - 2012

How to pass Odesk English Spelling Test (US Version)

With the spelling rules that I have graciously outlined for you, I reckon that you will get 100% in this test. To get 100% in Odesk English Spelling Test you can see an updated sample of questions usually asked by clicking Odesk English Spelling (US Version) Test.pdf


This is a 40 multiple-choice questions randomly generated per test,though the questions are regularly refreshed. The test is free and contractors can retake the test after 30 days. It takes 40 minutes to complete the test and one is not allowed to revisit previously answered questions

Though the test is optional at Odesk, it is highly recommended because it stocks your profile will  a new skill which the clients might use when decided whether to hire you or not to hire you. This test is not a certification of the skill, but it is used to evaluate you at Odesk. You should take the test yourself because telling someone else to take it for you won't do you any good because after all, at the end of the day you be required to do the job once you are hired. You need to ensure that whatever skills you display on your profile, you possess in reality.

There are 300 Odesk tests. One secret of getting hired is taking lots of Odesk Skill Tests, English Spelling being one of them, especially if you are applying for a Writer, Virtual Assistant, Blogger or a Web Designer job. The more impressive and fabulous your profile looks to potential clients the more you stand a chance of being hired.

Work hard to Improve your English Spelling (US Version)


To write English correctly you need vocabulary, grammar, punctuation and good spelling.
  1. Always use a dictionary or even MS Word spell checker.
  2. Keeping a notebook of the words that you find difficult to spell is recommended.
  3. Learn the spelling rules, but always be aware of the exceptions
    • Always put I before E except after C For example piece, relief, thief and then conceive, receive, receipt. 
    • Remember that when A or I is the the sound, always put E before the I, for example: eight, neighbor, reign, vein wight, and then either, height, neither etc
    • The exceptions are seize, weird, conscientious, conscience, efficient etc
  4. Be wary of silent letters. Silent Letters is a letter that must be written but when the word is pronounced it is is not included, For example: bread, bomb, comb, lamb, column, hymn, psalm, psychology, island listen, biscuit, wrong, wrist etc
  5.  Be wary of silent e. 
    • To add a suffix to a word ending with silent e, if the suffix begins with a consonant, you don't need to change the stem of the word For example: forceful, management, sincerely
    •  If the suffix you want to add begins with a vowel or a y, drop the e before adding the suffix, For example: fame + ous is famous, nerve + ous is nervous, believable +y = believably, criticise + ism is criticism
    • The exceptions are mileage, agreeable etc.
  6. Always understand that adding  prefix to a word does not usually change the spelling of the stem of the word, for example anti + septic is antiseptic, auto + biography is autobiography, de + sensitize is desensitize, dis + approve is disapprove, im + possible is impossible, inter + mediate is intermediate, mis +take is mistake, un + available is unavailable, re + used is reused, micro+chip is microchip etc.
  7. Always understand that adding a suffix to a word often changes the spelling of the stem of the word
    • When the word ends with a consonant, just end add the ending without any changes, for example treat + ment is treatment
    • When a word  has a short vowel sound ( like er, ed or ing)ending with a single consonant, double the consonant when adding a suffix that starts with a vowel, For example: mop + ing is mopping, big + est is biggest, hot + er is hotter
    • Exceptions are  words ending in r, x, w or y. These you don't double, for example: tear + ing is tearing, blow + ing is blowing, box + er is boxer, know + ing is knowing
    • If the main word has two consonants at the end, or more than one vowel, do not double the consonant, for example: rain + ing is raining, keep + er is keeper, break + ing is breaking, hang + er is hanger
  8. The rules word endings in ce and ge are as follows:
    • When you add a suffix starting with or o leave the e in . For example: manage + able is manageable, notice + able is noticeable, courage + ous is courageous
    • Exceptions are prestige + ous is prestigious
    • When you add ing to verbs ending in ie, drop the e and change the i to a y, for example: die + ing is dying, lie + ing is lying, tie + ing is tying.
    • When you add suffixes such as ed, es, er, eth, ly, ness, ful and ous to a work ending in y after a consonant, change the y to an i before adding the suffix, For example: eighty + eth is eightieth, duty +es is duties, busy + ly is busily, multiply + ed is multiplies, beauty _ ful is beautiful, mystery + ous is mysterious
    • For words ending in y after a vowel, always keep the y when adding suffixes such a er, ing or ed, for example: destroy _ ing is destroying, pry + ing is prying, buy + ing is buying, play _ ing is playing
  9. You must know the difference between American (US) and  British English when you sit for Odesk English Spelling Test (US Version), so that you don't spell words as they are spelt in British English. These are the most notable ones and you are most likely prone to encountering such question in Odesk English Spelling Test (US Version).
    • -Ise vs. -ize 
      •  - ise  is used in British English, for example: apologise, organise, recognise etc.
      • - ize is used in American (US) English, for example: apologize, organize, recognize etc.
    •  - re vs. - er
      • Re is used in British English, for example: centre, theatre, kilometre, manoeuver, meagre, litre, sombre etc.
      • Er is used in American (US) English,  for example: center, theater, kilometer, maneuver, meager, liter, somber etc
    • -or vs. -our
      • - or is used in American (US)British English, for example: amor, color, honor, humor etc.
      • - our is used in British English, for example: amour, colour, honour, humour etc
    • - ogue vs. -og
      • -ogue is used in British English, for example:dialogue, epilogue, catalogue, analogue etc.
      •  -og is used in American (US) English, for example: dialog, epilog, catalog, analog etc.
    • - ll vs. l 
      • -ll is used in British English where final l is doubled after a short vowel, for example: counsellor, fuelled, travelling, quarrelling etc.
      • -l is used in American (US) English where final l is not doubled after a short vowel, for example: counselor, fueled, traveling, quarreling etc.
    • -ense v. -ence
      • -ense is used in American (US) English, for example: defense, license, offense, pretense etc.
      • - ence is used in British English, for example: defence, licence, offence, pretence etc.
With the spelling rules that I have graciously outlined for you, I reckon that you will get 100% in this test. To get 100% in Odesk English Spelling Test you can see an updated sample of questions usually asked by clicking Odesk English Spelling (US Version) Test


Question one
The purpose of your report should be to ___________ the most relevant facts, not
to obscure them.

a. illumenate
b. iluminate
c. illuminate
d. elluminate

Question two
Choose the correct spelling o the word from the options below.

a. Definitly
b. Definately
c. Defenitely
d. Definitely

Question three
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
The judge granted the reluctant witness complete ____________ from prosecution for his part in the crime.

a. amnesty
b.amnasty
c. anmesty
d. emnesty

Question four
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Be sure to leave your travel __________with the secretary so he’ll know how to reach you while you’re away.

a.itenreray
b. itinerary
c. iteneray
d. itinirary

Question five
Identify the misspelled word in the list below.
a. Councelor
b. Condescend
c. Camouflage
d. Criticize

Question six
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Many would-be travelers were _____________________by the price of gas last summer.
a. Flabergasted
b. Flabberghasted
c. Flabbergasted
d. Flabbergashted

Question seven
Choose the correct spelling o the word from the options below.

a. Posess
b. Poesess
c. Possess
d. Pozess

Question eight
Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

a. Bureaucrasy
b. Buroucracy
c. Bureaucracy
d.  Beuraucracy

Question nine
Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

a. Exhilirate
b. Exhilarate
c. Exhilireat
d. Exhilrate

Question ten
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
My father does not believe in ____________ , but my mother does.
 a.  reincanation
b. reincarenation
c. reincarnation
d. reincantation

Question 11
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.

a. Referense
b. Refrence
c. Reference
d. Referance

Question 12
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.

a. Excesive
b. Exccessive
c. Excessive
d. Exceesive

Question 13
Identify the misspelled word in the list below.

a. Mischeivous
b. Misanthrope
c. Mussel
d. Malicious

Question 14
Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

a. Temperamental
b. Tempermental
c. dTemperamentle
. Temparamental

Question 15
Identify the misspelled word in the list below.

a. Fluorescent
b. Fullfil
c. Facsimile
d. Fictitious

Question 16
Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

a. Priveledge
b. Privilage
c. Privilege
d. Privelege

Question 17
Complete the following sentence by choosing th correct spelling of the missing wprd.
No one knew what devious experiments the scientist conducted in his ____________________.

a. Labretory
b. Laboratary
c. Laboratory
c. Labratory

Question 18
Identify the misspelled word in the list below.

a. Wierd
b. Wired
c. Whined
d. Willful

Question 19
Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

a. Synonymous
b. Synonymus
c. Synonimous
d. Sinonymus

Question 20
Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

a. Goverment
b. Governmant
c. Government
d. Govermant

Question 21
The professor made it clear that ___________ would not be tolerated.

a. plagiarism
b. plagiarizm
c. plagerism
d. plagirism

Question 22
Identify the misspelled word in the list below.

a. Yacht
b. Youthful
c. Yeilding
d. Yesterday

Question23
  Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

a. Embarassment
b. Embrassement
c. Embarrasment
d. Embarrassment

Question 24
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Sally’s nervous __________ left her standing at the altar.

a. fiancé
b. finance
c. feancé
d. fience

Question 25
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
The protesters hurled ___________ insults at us as we walked by.

a. vicous
b. vicious
c. vicoius
d. vicius

Question 26
Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

Vacuum
Vaccuum
Vacumm
Vaccum

Question 27
Identify the misspelled word in the list below.

a. Enhancement
b. Elicit
c. Enegma
d. Ecstasy

Question 28
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Their relationship was plagued by __________ problems.

a. perpetual
b. perpechual
c. purpetual
d. perptual

Question 29
Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

a. Leiutenant
b. Luietenant
c. Lieutanent
d. Lieutenant

Question 30
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
The clown’s performance was _______________, to say the least.

a. b. dissapointing
dissappointing
c. disapointing
d. adisappointing

Question 31
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Hazel Dormouse is a _________ creature.

a. nocternal
b. nocturnal
c. noctarnal
d. nacturnal

Question 32
Identify the misspelled word in the list below.

Cachet
Connoisseur
Charateristic
Catastrophe

Question 33
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
On the ____________ day of Christmas, Lucy was annoyed to find her yard full of noisy drummers drumming.

a. twelvth
b. twelfth
c. twelfeth
dtwelth

Question 34
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
Arthur spent hours admiring the gothic ____________of all those French
cathedrals.

a. architecture
b. arkhitecture
c.arcitecture
d. arckitecture

Question 35
Chose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.
a. Persue
b. Parsue
c. Persou
d. Pursue

Question 36
Identify the misspelled word in the list below.

a. Accomodate
b. Analyze
c. Acknowledgment
d. Asterisk

Question 37
Complete the following sentence by choosing the correct spelling of the missing word.
He wrote __________on every topic from shoestrings to string theory.

a. prollifically
b. prolificaly
c. prollificaly
d. prolifically

Question 38
Identify the misspelled word in the list below.

a. Occasion
b. Occurrence
c. Orangutan
d. Opponant

Question 39
Choose the correct spelling of the word from the options below.

a. Neccesary
b. Necessary
c. Neccessary
d. Necesary

Question 40
Identify the misspelled word in the list below.

a. Stationery
b. Statutory
c. Sincerely
d. Sanctuery


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