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Key Stage 2 SATs

The National Curriculum assessments, otherwise known as the Standard Assessment Tests (SATs), can seem like a daunting part of your child’s education. However, if you know what to expect, they don’t need to be scary for you or your child!

Below you will find all the answers to parents’ most common questions about the SATs for Key Stage 2. You will also find links to detailed breakdowns of what each test involves and how you can support your child.

Please note: Due to school closures, formal assessments in English primary schools are cancelled for the remainder of this school year.

What tests do children take at the end of Year 6, and when?
How are the tests marked, and what do the scores mean?
Will my child be given a level?
Are there any example questions I can look at?
What do the tests involve, and how can I help my child?

What tests do children take at the end of Year 6?

There are papers in three subject areas:

This year, the Key Stage 2 SATs will take place during the week starting Monday 11 May 2020. Tests are strictly timed, but children will be given breaks between the papers.

  • Monday 11th May 2020: English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2
  • Tuesday 12th May 2020: English reading
  • Wednesday 13th May 2020: Mathematics papers 1 and 2
  • Thursday 14th May 2020: Mathematics paper 3

How are the tests marked, and what do the scores mean?

At Key Stage 2, the SATs papers are marked externally by trained markers. The mark your child gets in each test is called the raw score (out of 50 for reading, out of 110 for mathematics, and out of 70 for English grammar, punctuation and spelling). This raw score for each test will be translated into a scaled score, which will show how well your child has done against the expected standard.

Children need to achieve a scaled score of 100 to meet the expected standard. Above 100 means they are exceeding the expected standard; below 100 means they are still working towards it. You will receive your child’s raw score and scaled score for each test, as well as confirmation of whether or not they have achieved the expected standard.

Read our blog post to find out more about what the KS2 SATs scores mean >

Will my child be given a level?

No. The system of levelling related to the previous National Curriculum and has been replaced with standardised scaled scores. The Department for Education has said that the expected national standard score of 100 at Key Stage 2 is roughly equivalent to a Level 4b under the previous system.

Are there any example questions I can look at?

The Department for Education has produced free sample papers for the KS2 SATs >

You can also find free sample questions on our Free SATs Skills worksheets page >

What do the tests involve, and how can I help my child?

KS2 maths test

Find out what the KS2 maths test involves, alongside advice and resources to help you support your child.

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KS2 reading test

Find out what the KS2 reading test involves, alongside advice and resources to help you support your child.

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KS2 grammar, punctuation & grammar test

Find out what the KS2 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test involves, alongside advice and resources to help you support your child.

Find out more >

How to support your child through KS2 SATs

Find out how you can make preparing for the SATs a constructive and positive experience.

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