SATs Format and Timetable

It’s just one month to go until pupils in the final year of primary school take their KS2 SATs. All children at the end of Year 6 take tests in Reading, Maths and Spelling, punctuation and grammar.

The Six Key Elements of KS2 SATs
English reading: reading booklet and associated answer booklet
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: short answer questions
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling
Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic
Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning
Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning

While the main point of the SATs is to measure the school’s performance to allow Ofsted to publish league tables, the results, in hand with teacher assessment, are used to provide a picture of pupils’ attainment. It is clear that some secondary schools use the results as an initial screening to help organise and stream Year 7 classes. For this reason it is imperative for pupils to perform well in order to get the best start possible at secondary level.

Reading


The Reading tests last for 1 hour and focuses on comprehension, with texts increasing in difficulty throughout the exam. There are three texts in total and pupils are required to record their results in an answer booklet. There are 50 marks available in total.

English grammar, punctuation and spelling test


The grammar, punctuation and spelling test focuses on knowledge and application of grammar and punctuation, as well as spelling. There are two papers:

   -Paper 1 – Short answer questions: Pupils have 45 minutes to answer questions with a total of 50 marks available.

   -Paper 2 – Spelling: This involves a transcript read by the teacher and an answer booklet for pupils to fill in 20 missing words. The test takes approximately 15 minutes with 20 marks available.

Mathematics


The mathematics test comprises three papers.

  -Paper 1 – Arithmetic: Basic mathematical calcualtions including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, as well as fractions worth one point each. More difficult long division and long multiplications are worth 2 points. Pupils have 30 minutes to answer the questions which are worth 40 marks.

  -Papers 2 and 3 – Reasoning: These papers assess fluency in mathematics, solving problems and mathematical reasoning. Pupils have 40 minutes to complete each paper that are worth 35 marks each.

Key Dates


Monday 8 May 2017: English reading test
Monday 8 May 2017: English reading test
Tuesday 9 May: English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions
Tuesday 9 May: English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling
Wednesday 10 May: Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic
Wednesday 10 May: Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning
Thursday 11 May: Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning