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Can students spell?


University students often get a bad rap in the press - especially when it comes to spelling and grammar! So we decided to run a mass test - just for a bit of fun.

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Ben Marks
Ben Marks

Ben is YouthSight's founder and CEO. He's a well-renowned personality in the market research industry and has great connections with the MRS and HEPI.

University students often get a bad rap in the press - especially when it comes to spelling and grammar! So we decided to run a mass test - just for a bit of fun.

Based on multiple choice selections nearly all students knew the difference between "their", "there" and "they're" (97%), "accept" and "except" (96%), "loose" and "lose" (97%), "application" and "aplication" (97%).

But here are the shockers. 37% of students thought "necessary" was spelt "neccessary" and over two thirds of students (71%) thought that "stationary" was for writing on, not "stationery" - oh dear, only 29% got it right.