We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more

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. They take place in May every year and this academic year, the Key Stage 2 SATs took place between 9th and 12th May 2022.

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.

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:

The overview for the week is detailed below, these dates will be the same for all schools

  • Monday 9th May 2022: English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 & 2
  • Tuesday 10th May 2022: English Reading
  • Wednesday 11th May 2022: Mathematics papers 1 & 2
  • Thursday 12th May 2022: Mathematics paper 3

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

At Key Stage 2, the SATs papers are marked externally. 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.

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.

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.

For more information on each test, check out the information below.

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

image of a boy solving a maths question on a whiteboard

KS2 SATs Maths

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

Find out more

image of children in a park, reading

KS2 SATs Reading

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

Find out more

Image showing close up of child's hand writing

KS2 SATs Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Find out what the KS2 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test involves, alongside advice.

Find out more

Image showing children going back to school in a classroom

How to support your child through KS2 SATs

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