English SATs Papers: KS1 and KS2 Practice - JobTestPrep
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The SATs are comprised of two subjects: Maths and English. The English subject is broken down into a Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar (SPAG) test as well as a Reading test. Each test varies in time and question distribution depending on level. Year 2 students take the KS1 level, while Year 6 students take the KS2 level. Both tests are administered at the end of the school term, usually around May.  

 KS1 English  

Both the SPAG test and the Reading test consist of two papers. Each of the Reading papers is worth 50 percent of the marks. KS1 English papers are marked internally by the school teacher, and they are occasionally subject to external marking upon special request from the National Board.  


  • Paper 1 is made up of various passages and texts totaling between 400–700 words. Students are tasked with answering questions throughout the passages. As the test progresses, texts become more challenging, resulting in an increase in question difficulty. Students have approximately 30 minutes to complete this paper, though teachers may choose to provide a break at any point during the test. 
  •  Paper 2 provides students with two separate booklets. The first booklet is comprised of a number of reading passages totaling 800 to 1100 words. Students will use the second booklet to write their answers. The passages include a mix of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Students are allotted an additional 30 minutes to complete Paper 2. 


  • The 2017 SPAG test for Year 2 students has officially been declared an optional test, meaning teachers can decide whether or not they will administer the two-part paper. If your child is administered the SPAG test this year, the two papers include the following components:  
  • Paper 1 is a spelling test totaling 20 marks. Students are presented with 20misspelled words that they must correctly spell within the 15-minute time limit.  Paper 2 is a two-part grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary test given over two 10-minute testing periods. Teachers are permitted to provide a break between the two parts. Both parts of the test consist of multiple-choice and short answer questions. Both parts allot for 20 marks on the final SPAG marking scheme. 

For more extensive level-specific information, visit our KS1 SATs Practice page.  

KS2 English  

Like the Year 2 English SATs, students in Year 6 are given a two-part English test, consisting of both a Reading test and a SPAG test. Tests are scored externally by the UK Educational Board, and they are used to rank school performance as well as individual student attainment of national standards. The English papers require students to demonstrate their interpretation of information and reference the writers’ use of language. Students will also have to demonstrate a grasp of advanced vocabulary and correct punctuation usage. The two parts of the English test consist of the following components: 


The Reading paper provides students with three passages and a number of follow-up questions, spanning a total of one hour. Question types include sequencing events, labeling, word application, short responses, and open-ended responses, all with the goal of assessing reading comprehension. For a more detailed understanding of these question types, visit our KS2 SATs page.  


The SPAG test is made up of two papers: a spelling test and a grammar and punctuation test. Unlike the KS1 SPAG test, the KS2 SPAG papers are mandatory for every Year 6 pupil.  

  • The spelling test is aural, and students are tasked with correcting 20 misspelled words in 15  
  • The grammar and punctuation test is given separately over a 45-minute period. Students must identify parts of speech (i.e. adjectives, nouns, verbs) as well as complete a series of constructed response questions. These questions require students to rewrite sentences or explain why certain writing conventions should be instituted.  


English Papers Marking Schemes  

KS1 papers are marked by the school teacher, while KS2 papers are sent out for external marking. In both cases, students are given two types of scores. The first is the raw score, which provides the composite score of all the various components of the English papers. The second is a scaled score, which places your child on a scale, ranking him or her in accordance with national standards. The highest scale score possible is 120, while the lowest is 80. The UK National Department of Education expects 85% of students to score up to national standards with a scale score of 100.  

Students also receive a letter score which reveals whether national standards have been achieved. For a full list of these letter scores, as well as additional mark scheme information, visit our SATs Papers Practice page.  

Practise for the SATs English Papers

JobTestPrep is here to help your child practise for the SATs papers. We offer a variety of test prep packs, including SATs Practice for Year 2 and SATs Practice for Year 6. These packs provide your child with extensive practice, as well as a review of the English papers, their format, and a breakdown of the rest of the SATs papers. Start preparing with JobTestPrep today so that your child will arrive at test day feeling confident and prepared.

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