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At the end of Year 2, students enrolled in any UK national curriculum primary school will take the new KS1 SATs papers. The new SATs were introduced in 2014 as the most up-to-date test assessing students in accordance with the national curriculum. These tests are used by teachers and schools to track student and class learning levels.  

There is no requirement to administer the KS1 SATs over a specific period of time. Schools and teachers have the liberty to manage the timetable as they please. The KS1 SATs are meant to be given in a low-stress environment and to cause no pressure on students. In most cases, the tests are given over a period of one week. KS1 SATs are divided into three different subjects: Reading; a second English paper that assesses grammar, spelling, and punctuation (SPAG); and Maths.

KS1 Reading Papers 

The SATs Key Stage 1 Reading test is made up of two papers. The first presents a number of texts that students must read and use to answer the question that follow. The text types include fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. The second of the reading papers consists of longer passages that students must base their answers off of. For more information about question types and test structure, visit our SATs English Papers page.  

KS1 Grammar, Spelling & Punctuation Papers

Like the reading test, the SPAG test is comprised of two papers administered at different times. The first paper consists of a 15-minute spelling test in which students must correct 20 misspelled words. The second paper is a two-part grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary test that takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. As of 2017, the SPAG test is optional, meaning that schools and teachers have the authority to decide whether or not their students will take the test. For a more extensive understanding of the SPAG test and all that it entails, visit our SATs English Papers page.  

KS1 Maths Papers

Key Stage 1 Maths consists of two papers. The first is a 25-question test made up of simple arithmetic. On average, the test takes 15 minutes to complete. The second paper involves a number of question types and structures that assess problem solving and mathematical fluency. The test is administered over a 35-minute period with an optional break. Students are not permitted the use of a calculator on either section of the SATs Maths. Visit our SATs Maths Papers page to learn more about the test's structure and scoring methods.  

Scoring SATs KS1 Papers 

A total score is comprised of a raw composite score of each paper. These raw scores are converted to scale scores which range anywhere between 85 and 115. The Department of Education has deemed an average score of 100, which, if attained, demonstrates that a student is up to par with national standards. Tests are either sent out to be scored by an external party, or they are scored by the classroom teacher. Scores are not used for any advancement reasons; they are merely there to portray student achievement.  For even more information about SATs marking schemes and scoring, visit our SATs FAQs page

Practising for the KS1 SATs  

The Department of Education expects 85% of students to perform in accordance with national standards. To ensure your child is included in that 85%, it is crucial he or she arrives prepared for testing week. With JobTestPrep’s extensive SAT KS1 practice pack, you can guarantee your child is ready for all papers involved in the SATs KS1 test. Start practising today.

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