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Free SATs Sample Questions and Explanations

In the attached free downloadable PDF, you will find sample questions and answers replicating some of the major subjects that appear on both KS1 and KS2 SATs papers, including grammar, punctuation, reading, and maths. Our aim is to help you and your child understand the material and the reasoning behind the various SATs papers by subject and level. For more information about the various SATs papers and levels, visit our SATs Papers Practice page.

Sample from the PDF



The correct answer is (E).


Consider the answer choices:

Answer (A) is a cylinder. This shape has two circular faces, top and bottom only. The curved section between them is not a face as it is not flat. You can eliminate this choice.

Answer (B) is a sphere. This shape has no faces as none of it is flat. You can eliminate this choice.

Answer (C) is a triangular prism. This shape has two triangular faces, front and back, as well as three rectangular faces, so only five faces in all. You can eliminate this choice.

Answer (D) is an ovoid. This shape has no faces either as it is not flat. You can eliminate this choice.

Answer (E) is a cuboid. It has six rectangular faces: one pair on the top and bottom of the box, one pair on either side of the box, and one pair on the front and back of the box.

Therefore, the correct answer is (E).

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What Are the SATs Papers?

The SATs papers are standardised assessments given to all Year 2 and Year 6 students enrolled in any UK National Curriculum primary school. These tests are used to assess student level in accordance with national standards as well as to track teacher and school adherence to those standards. Year 2 SATs utilise KS1 level material, while Year 6 SATs adhere to KS2 standards. Both levels are made up of three papers: a Reading paper; a Spelling, Grammar, and Punctuation (SPAG) paper; and a Maths paper which is further broken down into two subtests. For more information about the SATs papers and how to practise for them, visit our SATs Papers Practice page.


On SATs Test Day

Your child has studied, practised, and most likely done everything possible to feel prepared up until this point. Now testing week has arrived, and your child is about to be administered a series of SATs papers. Here are a few tips that will keep your child calm and focused for what may seem like a grueling week of testing:

  • Get a good night’s sleep. Waking up feeling well-rested will not only contribute to your child’s mood but also to his or her performance. Proper rest guarantees alertness, skill, and increased brain function. Make sure your child goes to bed at a normal hour the night before each test, and also make sure he or she is provided with a comfortable sleeping environment.
  • Eat a nutritious and well-balanced meal before the test. Proper nutrition is key to brain function and memory. Your child may have prepared for weeks, but without proper fuel, he or she will not be able to trigger memory and skills accurately.
  • Relax and smile. You and your child have taken all the necessary steps to ensure his or her success. Be sure to instill this confidence in your child so that he or she enters each exam feeling confident and prepared.

For a full list of testing dates for the 2018 SATs papers, visit our SATs FAQ page.

Practise for the SATs Papers

To succeed on the SATs, it is important to set aside time for practice. With the help of JobTestPrep, your child in Year 2 or Year 6 can prepare with SATs practice tests that will ensure his or her success on test day. Check out our KS1 SATs Practice Pack for Year 2 or our KS2 SATs Practice Pack for Year 6, both equipped with everything your child needs to arrive at test day feeling confident and prepared. 

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