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


  • Reading
  • Maths
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar


These tests are both set and marked externally. Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.


Children sit three papers in maths:


  • Paper 1: arithmetic, 30 minutes


This paper will consist of fixed response questions, where children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including long multiplication and division.


  • Papers 2 and 3: reasoning, 40 minutes per paper


Papers 2 and 3 will involve a number of question types, including:


  • Multiple choice
  • True or false
  • Constrained questions, e.g. giving the answer to a calculation, drawing a shape or completing a table or chart
  • Less constrained questions, where children will have to explain their approach for solving a problem


For Maths tests children require:


  • A pen and pencil.
  • A ruler displaying both cm and mm.
  • An "angle measurer" (protractor).
  • A mirror.
  • Tracing paper.


“Calculators cannot be used in any maths test”


Marking System:


The previous national curriculum levels have been scrapped, and instead children are given scaled scores.


You will be given your child’s raw score (the actual number of marks they get), alongside their scaled score and whether they have reached the expected standard set by the Department for Education (‘NS’ means that the expected standard was not achieved and ‘AS’  means the expected standard was achieved). 


The range of scaled scores available for each KS2 test is:


  • 80 (the lowest scaled score that can be awarded)
  • 120 (the highest scaled score)


The expected standard for each test is a scaled score of 100 or more. If a child is awarded a scaled score of 99 or less they won't have achieved the expected standard in the test.


Key stage 2 SATs dates:


The 2017 SATs schedule is as follows:


Monday 8 May 2017: English Reading


Tuesday 9 May 2017: English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions & English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling


Wednesday 10 May 2017: Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic & Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning


Thursday 11 May 2017: Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning



To get more advise and help on preparing your child for Year 6 Maths SATs contact us or visit our Tuition Centre.


The New National Curriculum

Changes in the New National Curriculum

SATs Marking Scheme and Grading System

Calculating the Scaled Scores

Year 6 Maths SATs Sample Papers