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Students enrolled in any UK National Curriculum primary school are required to take the SATs twice throughout their primary school years. The first testing occurs at the end of Year 2, assessing key stage 1 (KS1) abilities. This test is more of a teacher and school assessment, and students are not required to receive exceptional scores. By Year 6, however, students taking the KS2 SATs are expected to score a passing mark in order to be placed accordingly in secondary school. There is a revision year available in Year 7, but the Educational Board expects most students in Year 6 to be up to national standards and pass the SATs papers the first time. The KS2 SATs are comprised of three different papers: Reading, SPAG, and Maths.  

On occasion, students in Year 6 are required to take a sampling of the SATs Science paper. However, these tests do not determine whether or not a student has met national standards and is ready for entrance into Year 7. They are merely a sampling used by the Board of Education to gain an understanding of the population ability as a whole. For more information about the SATs papers in general, visit our SATs Papers Practice page


KS2 Reading Papers

The Reading test is comprised of three texts and a number of follow-up questions. Students have one hour to read the texts and answer the relevant questions. Question types include:  

  • Ranking and ordering – Students are asked to sequence a series of events based on the texts. 
  • Labeling – Students are asked to provide titles for specific sections or an entire text to demonstrate comprehension. 
  • Application – Students are asked to find words within the text that properly describe a certain aspect of the texts.

In addition to these question types, students are asked to provide short answer responses as well as open ended responses, which both utilise more of their analytic ability. For a better understanding of the SATs Reading paper, visit our Free SATs Samples page.  


KS2 Spelling, Grammar, and Punctuation: The SPAG Papers

The SPAG SATs consist of two papers, each utilising different question types and testing times.  

  • The first paper tests grammar and punctuation skills, employing a combination of selected response questions and constructed response questions. Students have a total of 45 minutes to complete this test.  
  • The second paper is a spelling paper that asks students to correct 20 misspelled words. Students are given 15 minutes to complete this test.  

For a more extensive explanation about what appears on the SPAG test as well as the Reading test, visit our SATs English Papers page.  


KS2 Maths Papers

The SATs Maths test is comprised of three different papers:  

Paper 1, or the arithmetic paper, assesses basic multiplication and division abilities. It is made up of various fixed response questions and spans over 30 minutes of testing time.  

Papers 2 and 3 are both reasoning papers, each spanning 40 minutes of testing time. Students are assessed using various question types, such as multiple-choice, true or false, graphing and charting, and open-ended responses where students have to demonstrate an understanding of mathematical reasoning in their own constructed explanations.  

 For more information about the SATs Maths papers, visit our SATs Maths Papers page


Understanding the SATs Marking Schemes

All year 7 SATs are marked externally by national board employees. Your child will receive two scores:  

  1. raw score provides the numerical value of the marks.  
  2. That raw score is also converted into a scaled score, which places your child on a national standards spectrum. The lowest scaled score is an 80, and the highest possible scaled score is 120. Students are expected to reach the national standard score of 100 to be considered up to par with the national curriculum.   

In addition to these two scores, students also receive an indication of whether or not they have achieved a level of national standards. These indications include the following representations: 

  • AS: student has reached the expected standard
  • NS: student has NOT reached the expected standard
  • A: notes an absence from one or more of the papers
  • B: student has performed in a below standard manner
  • M: student has missed the test in its entirety
  • T: student has reached a level of expected standards but cannot demonstrate it properly due to other factors (e.special needs)  

In the 2016 testing year, students performed at above expected standard levels for all of the SATs papers. In both the Reading and Maths papers, the average score was 103, and a score of 104 was the reposted average on the SPAG papers. For more information about how KS2 SATs scores are used, visit our SATs FAQs page.   


KS2 SATs Practice 

Your child's marks on the KS2 SATs papers significantly influence his or her placement in secondary schools. For this reason, preparation is more important than ever. The only way to ensure your child arrives at test day ready to excel past national standards is practice and more practice. JobTestPrep is here to help. Check out our KS2 SATs practice test and study guides to guarantee your child's success in his or her upcoming secondary school years. 


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