Use the Placement Test in the Essentials 1-7 Teacher's Guide to help identify which level spelling list will provide the most effective level of challenge for your student(s).
You don't need to give the Placement Test or choose a level until you are ready to begin instruction, but if you would like to look at it beforehand you can view it on our website: Essentials Placement Test.
Once you have completed the Placement Test, begin at Lesson 1, using whichever level the Placement Test indicates (after completing the optional Pre-Lessons if needed).
About the Levels
Essentials provides three levels of application for the concepts taught in the lessons - A, B, and C - in order to enable you to provide the right level of challenge for each student or class.
Within each unit in the curriculum you will find concepts taught to "All." You will also find three different spelling lists - beginner (A), intermediate (B), and advanced (C) - so that you can teach spelling words at the right level of difficulty for the student(s) you have.
Then, as you progress through each lesson, you will also find separate A, B, and C grammar practice activities, spelling dictation sentences, and vocabulary instruction. These activities are divided by level in order to provide an appropriate level of difficulty and to match and reinforce the spelling words students are learning.