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WRST Vienna Spelling Test

J. Thomas & C. Zoelch


Assesses the ability to spell.
Despite the fact that in our everyday lives we have access to an ever-increasing range of tools that help us to spell correctly, these tools are merely a means of support and no substitute for the learned ability to spell.
WRST is based on the recent spelling reforms in Germany and Austria. It is designed to test the spelling ability of young people and adults in a work-related context, especially in connection with recruitment, selection of trainees and occupational rehabilitation.


Depending on which test form is used, the respondent either fills in the gaps in a dictated text or checks a given text for errors of spelling and grammar.
The texts deal with work-related matters but do not require any specialist knowledge. They are therefore suitable for everyone, whatever their previous work experience

Test forms

S1: Standard form.
S2: Parallel form.
S3: Screening form (standard).
S4: Screening form (parallel).


The following main variable is scored:

Spelling ability: Measure of the respondent’s ability to apply the rules of spelling (spelling words correctly or identifying incorrect words) and use commas correctly.

Scoring elements

Working time
Confidence interval
Profile analysis
Test protocol
Item analysis protocol
Progress chart
Special diagrammatic representation of results
Personalized Word report
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Test information

language-free item material
parallel test form
conforms to the Rasch-model
additional device required
high level of test security
wide norm spectrum
test form available for online presentation - open mode
links to CogniPlus
supervisor-supported testing




Between 15 and 20 minutes, depending on the test form.


Norms for ages 14+.

Special features

The dictation in which the gaps are to be filled in is presented via a standardized audio file. Respondents can control the playback of the audio files themselves.