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SATs Test Information
KS2 SATs papers are taken by children during May of Year 6 as part of the National Curriculum assessment programme. Children are between 10 and 11 years of age. These Sats tests are taken after 11+ tests and private school entrance exams. Level 35 papers are taken by all children and level 6 papers are taken by a select few. Calculators may no longer be used in Maths and Science papers are only sat by random schools. SATs tests can be prepared for by downloading past papers free of charge from this site. Online systems are also highly effective for preparation. An excellent site for maths is CoolCleverKids.co.uk and for English WordBuilder.co.uk is ideal.
SATs KS1 Test Dates 2025 (Year 1)
Date 
Test 
Monday 9th June to 13 June 2025 
Phonics screening week 
SATS KS1 Option Tests: May 2025
Multiplication tables check (Year 4) 2025
Schools should administer the multiplication tables check within the 3 week period from Monday 2 June 2025 (for tables up to 12 x 12)
SATs KS2 Test Dates (Year 6) 2025 SATs Week
Date 
Test 
Duration 
Marks 
Monday 12th May 2025 
English Reading Test 
60 mins 
50 
Tuesday 13th May 2025 
English (SPaG) Grammar & Punctuation Short Answer Questions
English (SPaG) Spelling Test 
45 mins
20 mins 
50
20 
Wednesday 14th May 2025 
Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic)
Maths Paper 3 (Reasoning) 
30 mins
40 mins 
40
35 
Thursday 15th May 2025 
Maths Paper 3 (Reasoning) 
40 mins 
35 
Science sampling tests 2025
Science sampling TBC
SATs KS1 Test Dates 2026 (Year 1)
Date 
Test 
Monday 8th June to 13 June 2026 
Phonics screening week 
SATS KS1 Option Tests: May 2026
Multiplication tables check (Year 4) 2026
Schools should administer the multiplication tables check within the 3 week period from Monday 1 June 2026 (for tables up to 12 x 12)
SATs KS2 Test Dates (Year 6) 2025 SATs Week
Date 
Test 
Duration 
Marks 
Monday 11th May 2026 
English Reading Test 
60 mins 
50 
Tuesday 12th May 2026 
English (SPaG) Grammar & Punctuation Short Answer Questions
English (SPaG) Spelling Test 
45 mins
20 mins 
50
20 
Wednesday 13h May 2026 
Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic)
Maths Paper 3 (Reasoning) 
30 mins
40 mins 
40
35 
Thursday 14th May 2026 
Maths Paper 3 (Reasoning) 
40 mins 
35 
Science sampling tests 2026
Science sampling TBC
New Marking Scheme for 2021 (from May 2016)
From 2016 KS2 SATs results levels will be replaced by scaled score. A score of 100 will represent the "national standard" and the raw mark in which it directly reflects will be calculated once all the SATs papers have been marked. This allows test results to be reported consistently from year to year. If two children achieve the same scaled score on two different tests (despite possibly having achieved different "raw scores"), they will have reached the same attainment. Level 6 papers have also bee scrapped and the standard papers will have more challenging questions to strech the most able children.
The interpretation of scaled scores will be as follows:
Mark 
Interpretation 
< 100 
Below Expected Standard 
100 
At Expected Standard 
> 100 
Above Expected Standard 
Maths Content (use www.CoolCleverKids.co.uk for preparation)
Paper 1 (arithmetic) includes

Fractions (including mixed numbers).

Decimals (including converting fractions into decimals).

Percentages (and how they relate to fractions).

Square numbers.

Rounding numbers.

Applying Addition, subtraction, multiplication (long and short) and division (long and short) coupled with order of operations (BODMAS/BIDMAS).
Paper 2 and Paper 3 (Reasoning) are based upon more problemsolving and includes knowledge of paper 1 concepts and include:

Geometry (including coordinates, rotation, reflection, symmetry etc).

Ratios and proportions (and how to interpret them from fractions, percentages etc).

Charts and tables.

Units and measures (including time, money, temperature, weight, volume etc).

Shapes and their properties (including triangles, hexagons and their angles).

Roman numerals.

Statistics (Mean, mode and median).
English Content (Use www.WordBuilder.co.uk or www.CoolCleverKids.co.uk for spellings)
Reading Test: The Reading Booklet contains three separate and unrelated reading texts. The second booklet contains the questions of all three texts. The questions in the Reading Answer Booklet are in the same sequence as the text. Questions will broadly assess a child's ability to fully understand the structure, meaning and purpose of a passage of text.
English (SPaG paper 1) Grammar & Punctuation Short Answer Questions includes:

Nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, determiners, conjuctions, clauses etc.

Subjunctive verbs, passive and active voices, subordinate clauses etc.

(The use of) capital letters, commas, inverted commas, apostrophes, colons, semicolons, hyphens etc.

Suffixes, homophones, synonyms and antonyms.
English (SPaG paper 2) Spelling Test: same as old tests. 20 sentences are read out an one word has to be spelt correctly.
Old Marking Scheme
The expected levels are shown below. By Year 9 (age 14) children are expected to reach level 6. Many children in year 6 reach this level! Children using the CoolCleverKids website have score 99% in level 35 maths tests, attained level 6 in year 6 maths SATs papers as well as obtaining grammar school places.