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The SEAG Transfer Test Word List

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The Transfer Test Word List

The SEAG new Transfer Test word list and vocabulary list.

For success in the new Transfer Test it is essential that your child has an extensive vocabulary. Their language and vocabulary can be stretched and established if your child reads widely across a wide mix of reading material – from fiction to non-fiction.

This list provides some of the words that your child may need to know and understand to be successful in their Transfer Test. They need to recognise and understand these words both in isolation and in the situation of a comprehension. It is also important that they understand other variations of these words – these could include changing these words into plurals or when it is a verb changing the word into a noun. This list may contain words that children find difficult to spell – so revision and practice is essential.

Many of these words could be used in the new SEAG format Transfer Test.

Please do not consider this list as a definitive list of all the words your child should know. It is presented as examples of some difficult words that your child needs for success in their Transfer Test.This list has been constructed to include words, or variations of words, that may occur in the actual Test. In truth no one knows what words will be used!

In some Test questions these, and other words, may be presented to children out of context and children may find this difficult as there are no other words to help them make sense of the more difficult words. This can be difficult but is exactly what may occur in their Transfer Test.

A good vocabulary cannot be built up in the last few weeks as the actual test approaches. For a child to build a good vocabulary will take time. One way to develop your child’s vocabulary, as well as reading books, is to encourage them to use the Thesaurus in computer programmes such as “Word.” This will help to introduce them to synonyms/ antonyms and further develop their vocabulary.

It cannot never be over-stated that inspiring your child to read is central to developing a large and varied vocabulary. Through reading they will meet and learn new words. By using the context of a new word in a text they can often work out the meanings of this new word. If a difficult or new word is presented in isolation this can be more demanding for your child. A good understanding of the meanings of as many words as possible is crucial.

This list is provided by and we do hope that you find it of some use.


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