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The SATS are national tests set by the government, used to measure a child's progress throughout Primary School. They're taken in May at the end of Key Stage 1 (Years 1-2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6).

Key Stage One SATS

Pupils will sit:

  • Two Maths papers: Arithmetic and Reasoning
  • Two English Reading papers.

Your child’s school may also sit optional papers: one on Spelling and one containing a mix of Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling.

None of the tests are strictly timed — teachers will make sure all pupils have an appropriate amount of time to complete each test.

Papers are marked by a teacher within the school and given a score out of 115. A score of 100 or more means your child is working at the ‘expected standard’ — the level the government expects pupils to reach by the end of KS1.

The scores are also used to measure the performance of the school, and to give teachers insight into how pupils are progressing.

Key Stage Two SATS

Pupils will sit:

  • Three Maths papers: one on Arithmetic and two on Reasoning
  • Three English papers: one on Reading, one on Spelling and one on Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling questions.

Selected schools may also be asked to take a national test in Science.

Completed papers are sent away to be marked externally and are given a score out of 120. A score of 100 or more means your child is working at the ‘expected standard’ — the level the government expects pupils to reach by the end of KS2.

The scores are also used to measure the performance of the school, pupils’ progress and to help put pupils into ability groups in Year 7.

FREE CGP KS2 SATS sample papers!

To give you a flavour of what to expect from the Key Stage 2 SATS, try our free sample SATs papers for Maths, Reading and Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling. 

Maths              Reading              Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

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