The SATs are standardised tests taken by Year 2 and Year 6 students at the end of the school year. They are designed according to national curriculum standards, utilising key stage 1 (KS1) and key stage 2 (KS2) benchmarks. Both levels of the test are comprised of two papers— an English test and a Maths test. The Maths test is further broken down into 2–3 papers, depending on level. For more information about the SATs papers, and for top-notch practice material, visit our SATs Papers Practice page.  

KS1 Maths Papers

The KS1 Maths papers has two parts, totaling a 50-minute testing period. Students are not permitted the use of calculators on either of the halves.  

  • Paper 1 is a 15-minute arithmetic test that asks students to solve basic addition and subtraction problems. The questions are either multiple-choice or require students to fill in the missing variables. This paper makes up 25 marks of the total SATsMaths mark scheme. 
  • Paper 2 is a longer, 35-minute test that assesses mathematical fluency, problem solving, andreasoning  Teachers may provide a break if they see fit. Test items include multiple-choice, matching, graphs and tables, and short answer questions where students must rationalise their work.  

For more information about KS1 Maths question types and structure, visit our Free SATs Sample Questions page.  

KS2 Maths Papers

The KS2 Maths Papers is administered in three parts, spanning just under two hours. Students will be required to demonstrate their knowledge of time-tables, multiplication and division, geometry, and ratios and proportions. The Maths papers are divided up as follows:

  • Paper 1 is a 30-minute arithmetic test assessing basic mathematical abilities, but mainly multiplication and division. Test items are given in the form of fixed-response questions, for which students must solve or fill in the blank to the given problems. The arithmetic paper makes up 35 marks of the totalMaths   
  • Papers 2 and 3 are both reasoning tests that assess standard key stage 2 abilities. Students are given a series of multiple-choice, true or false, and graph and table questions in two 40-minute parts. Each reasoning paper comprises 40 marks of the composite score. 

Want free KS2 Maths samples? Visit our Free SATs Sample Questions page. For more information and practice for the KS2 SATs, visit our KS2 SATs Papers page.  

Maths Papers Marking Schemes  

Like the English papers, the Math papers are given two numerical marks as well as one letter mark. The first numerical mark is referred to as the raw score, and it provides a composite score of all the maths papers. The second score places students on a scale within the spectrum of national standards. This score is referred to as the scaled score and ranges anywhere between 80 and 120. The letter mark indicates whether a student has reached the national standard, which is a scale score of 100. For more information about the SATs marking schemes, visit our SATs FAQs page.  

Practise for the SATs Maths Papers  

The SATs Maths papers are not simple. They assess students in many different mathematical areas and require students to recall much of the relevant key stage curriculum. For this reason, it is important to prepare. JobTestPrep offers top-notch SATs practice tests that will be sure to guide your child through the challenge. With our extensive practice packs for both KS1 and KS2, your child will walk into test day with all the necessary tools to succeed.

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