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: The KS2 SATs have been cancelled for 2021.
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?
There are papers in three subject areas:
- Reading: 1 paper, 50 marks, 60 minutes total.
- Mathematics: 3 papers, 110 marks, 110 minutes total.
- English grammar, punctuation and spelling: 2 papers, 70 marks, 60 minutes total.
In 2021, the Key Stage 2 SATs will take place during the week starting Monday 10 May 2021. Tests are strictly timed, but children will be given breaks between the papers.
- Monday 10th May 2021: English reading
- Tuesday 11th May 2021: Mathematics papers 1 and 2
- Wednesday 12th May 2021:Mathematics paper 3
- The English grammar, punctuation and spelling test for 2021 has been cancelled.
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 >
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.
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 >