You might be wondering: what are the differences between all of these Diagnostics? Diagnostics currently come in five varieties; Starter, Intermediate, Advanced, ELL, and ELL Starter, with more to come soon.  Here’s some information to help you get started:

The Starter Diagnostic: 

What does it cover?

  • Capitalization
  • Plural nouns
  • Subject and object pronouns
  • Possessive nouns and pronouns
  • Irregular past tense verbs
  • Simple subject-verb agreement
  • Positive, comparative, and superlative adjectives
  • Adverbs of manner
  • Commas in dates and after introductory words
  • Prepositions and prepositional phrases

Who should take it?

  • Middle or high school students who need a refresher in the basics
  • Middle or high school students who are new to Quill or new to sentence combining
  • Elementary school students who are learning the basics for the first time

What happens afterwards?

  • You’ll get an analysis report for each student
  • We’ll recommend up to ten weeks of practice activities for each student based on the results
  • You can assign all the recommended activities with one click, or you can pick and choose

The Intermediate Diagnostic

What does it cover?

  • Compound subjects, objects, and predicates
  • Simple parallel structure
  • Pronouns in compound subjects and objects
  • Compound sentences
  • Complex sentences
  • Conjunctive adverbs
  • Cumulative adjectives
  • Coordinate adjectives
  • Plural possessives
  • Subject-verb agreement with indefinite pronouns and collective nouns
  • Commonly confused words

Who should take it?

  • Upper elementary, middle, or high school students who have completed the starter diagnostic and the recommended follow-up practice
  • Middle or high school students who have mastered the basics (like adverbs, prepositions, and capitalization) and are ready to work on constructing sentences to express relationships

What happens afterwards?

  • You’ll get an analysis report for each student
  • We’ll recommend up to ten weeks of practice activities for each student based on the results
  • You can assign all the recommended activities with one click, or you can pick and choose

The Advanced Diagnostic

What does it cover?

  • Compound-complex sentences
  • Relative clauses
  • Appositive phrases
  • Participial phrases
  • Advanced parallel structure
  • Advanced sentence combining

Who should take it?

  • Students who have completed the intermediate diagnostic and the recommended follow-up practice
  • Students who are familiar with sentence combining
  • Students who have mastered basic sentence construction like writing compound and complex sentences

What happens afterwards?

  • You’ll get an analysis report for each student
  • We’ll recommend up to ten weeks of practice activities for each student based on the results
  • You can assign all the recommended activities with one click, or you can pick and choose

The ELL Starter Diagnostic

Quill's ELL Starter Diagnostic is designed specifically for new English Language Learners seeking to build foundational grammar skills. The ELL Starter diagnostic includes 65 recommended activities that directly correspond with 5 different packs.

The ELL Starter diagnostic includes instructions in Spanish, French, German, Chinese (Simplified), Japanese, Korean, Urdu, Tagalog (Filipino), Vietnamese, Russian, Thai, Ukrainian, Portuguese, Dari (Eastern Farsi), Arabic, and Hindi to provide extra support for native Spanish speakers; however, the assessment is appropriate for native speakers of any language.

What does it cover?

  • Simple verb conjugation (to be, to want, and to have)
  • Articles
  • Subject verb agreement
  • Simple word order
  • Singular vs plural nouns
  • Yes/No questions
  • Adjective placement

Who should take it?

  • English Language Learners who are relatively new to the English language

What happens afterwards?

  • You’ll get an analysis report for each student
  • We’ll recommend up to ten weeks of practice activities for each student based on the results
  • You can assign all the recommended activities with one click, or you can pick and choose

The ELL Diagnostic

The ELL Diagnostic consists of 22 questions to assess your students’ knowledge of 10 different grammar concepts. These concepts have been specifically chosen for English Language Learners, and the Diagnostic provides additional support for English language learners by offering the directions in both English and the student’s native language. Alongside the English directions, students have the option of also adding directions in Spanish, Mandarin, French, Vietnamese, Arabic, or Hindi.

What does it cover?

This diagnostic is more difficult than the ELL Starter Diagnostic and covers the skills that tend to be particularly challenging for language learners:

  • articles
  • verb tense
  • subject-verb agreement
  • adjectives
  • adverbs
  • prepositions

Who should take it?

  • English Language Learner students who are comfortable with all of the skills in the ELL Starter Diagnostic.

What happens afterwards?

  • You’ll get an analysis report for each student
  • We’ll recommend up to ten weeks of practice activities for each student based on the results
  • You can assign all the recommended activities with one click, or you can pick and choose

Note: Stay tuned for the Intermediate and Advanced ELL diagnostics!

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