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Key Stage 2 Assessment

At the end of Year 6, children will sit tests in:

  • Reading
  • Maths
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar

Their writing will also be assessed but not in the form of a test.


When will the Key Stage 2 SATs take place?

SATs Tests for Year 6 pupils will take place between Monday 14th May and Thursday 17th May 2018.



Monday 14 May 2018

English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions

    English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling
Tuesday 15 May 2018   English reading

Wednesday 16 May 2018

Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic


Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning

Thursday 17 May 2018

Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning



  • The Reading Test consists of a single test paper with three unrelated reading texts.
  • Children are given 60 minutes in total, which includes reading the texts and answering the questions.
  • A total of 50 marks are available.
  • Questions are designed to assess the comprehension and understanding of a child’s reading.
  • Some questions are multiple choice or selected response, others require short answers and some require an extended response or explanation.

 Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

  • A Spelling test is administered containing 20 words, lasting approximately 15 minutes.
  • A separate test is given on Punctuation, Vocabulary and Grammar.
  • This test lasts for 45 minutes and requires short answer questions, including some multiple choice.

Marks for these two tests are added together to give a total for Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.


  • The Mathematics tests have undergone the biggest change this year.
  • Children will sit three tests: Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3.
  • Paper 1 is for ‘Arithmetic’ lasting for 30 minutes, covering calculation methods for all operations, including use of fractions, percentages and decimals.
  • Questions gradually increase in difficulty. Not all children will be expected to access some of the more difficult questions later in the paper.
  • Papers 2 and 3 cover ‘Problem Solving and Reasoning’, each lasting for 40 minutes.
  • Pupils will still require calculation skills but will need to answer questions in context and decide what is required to find a solution.