New Key Stage 2 SATs: Information for Parents

From Summer 2016 onwards, Year 2 and Year 6 will be the first to sit the new Key Stage 2 SATs format. This can all be quite confusing, so we have put together this post including everything you need to know about the changes.


The more rigorous tests and harder mark schemes in English and Maths including Reading, Maths and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar, aim to accurately reflect the new National Curriculum.

The new tests will be set and marked externally and will be a clear measure of the school’s performance as the children’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to provide a broader picture of their attainment.



The Reading test will last for 1 hour and include 3 passages of text. The questions will range from ranking and ordering events in the story, labelling, finding and copying such as ‘find a word that suggests…’ and open ended responses which will require explanation. To view examples of the 2016 Key Stage 2 SATs Reading test materials, click here.

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

The Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling test will be made up of 2 parts. The first part will require short answers to test the child’s grammar and punctuation that will last for 45 minutes. The second part will be an oral spelling test and last for 15 minutes. To view examples of the 2016 Key Stage 2 SATs Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling test materials, click here.


The Maths test will be made up of test 1, an arithmetic test including fixed response questions and lasting 30 minutes and tests 2 and 3, including a number of question types that will last 40 minutes each. To view examples of the 2016 Key Stage 2 SATs Maths test materials, click here.


Optional Science

Not all children in Year 6 will take Science SATs tests. It is now a choice for schools to take part in Science SATS  so you will need to check with the school your child attends.  However, a number of schools will be asked to take part in a Science sampling test period which may require your child to complete 3 papers including Biology, Chemistry and Physics, all 25 minutes each and worth 22 marks.

All of the previous National Curriculum levels have been scrapped. The children will now be given a ‘raw’ score which represents their actual score and a ‘scaled’ score which scores them in relation to the national average. The new SATs tests will start on the 9th May 2016.

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