We Guarantee Your Child's Success in Year 6 English SATs


"Platinum Tuition is the only tuition centre that prepares students for English exam at any level from primary school to university."

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


  • Maths
  • Reading
  • 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.



Year 6 SATs Reading Test:


The reading test is a single paper with questions based on three passages of text. Your child will have one hour, including reading time, to complete the test.


There will be a selection of question types, including:


  • Ranking/ordering, e.g. ‘Number the events below to show the order in which they happen in the story’
  • Labelling, e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title of the story’
  • Find and copy, e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that suggests what the weather is like in the story’
  • Short constructed response, e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’
  • Open-ended response, e.g. ‘Look at the sentence that begins Once upon a time. How does the writer increase the tension throughout this paragraph? Explain fully, referring to the text in your answer.



Year 6 SATs Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Test:


The grammar, punctuation and spelling test consists of two parts: a grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes, and an aural spelling test of 20 words, lasting around 15 minutes.


The grammar and punctuation test will include two sub-types of questions:


  • Selected response, e.g. ‘Identify the adjectives in the sentence below’
  • Constructed response, e.g. ‘Correct/complete/rewrite the sentence below,’ or, ‘The sentence below has an apostrophe missing. Explain why it needs an apostrophe.’



Year 6 SATs 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.


Year 6 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 English 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 Reading SATs Sample Paper

Year 6 Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling SATs Sample Paper