SAT Past Papers – KS2 Past Papers
First of all, Key Stage 2 SATs, taken at the end of Year 6 help alert teachers and the school to specific areas where support may be needed. The results are also scrutinised by Ofsted when they inspect schools to determine the consistency in performance and provide evidence of standards improving or declining.
What do the SATs measure?
As a result, the SAT’s test school pupils in the three core subjects. Plus:
- Your pupils’ school success in teaching these core subjects (English, Maths and Science); and
- Your child’s progress.
Therefore, the SATs are now carried out at the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) and Key Stage 2 (Year 6). In 2010 Key Stage 3 SATs were scrapped and have been replaced by formal teacher assessment in each of the National Curriculum subjects.
Similarly, it was confirmed on 14 September 2017, that Key Stage 1 SATs will be made non-statutory (schools will be able to choose whether they want to take it) in 2023. Until then all Year 2 pupils will be subject to these assessments.
Most noteworthy is that the content of these assessments is prescribed by the National Curriculum.
Key Stage 2 consists of Years 3-6 and pupils’ ages range from 7-11. During May of Year 6, the final year of Key Stage 2, children undertake 3 National Curriculum Tests: Reading, Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling and also Mathematics.
Once again these assessments comprise both tests and teacher judgements.
The judgements at Key Stage 2 differ from Key Stage 1 because of the different roles played.
Reading and Mathematics also have fewer judgements as the focus is on the test scores.
Subsequently, Science has only one judgement, as in Key Stage 1.
The Teacher Assessment Framework is very helpful in explaining the finer details of this process.
What subjects are tested in KS2 SATs
Keystage 2 SATs exams therefore comprise:
Paper 1: English Grammar & Punctuation – 45 minutes – 50 marks
Paper 2: English Spelling – 20 words, about 15 minutes – 20 marks
Paper 1: Arithmetic – 36 minutes (30 questions) – 40 marks
Paper2: Reasoning – 40 minutes (21 questions) – 35 marks
Paper 3: Reasoning – 40 minutes (21 questions) – 35 marks
No Science sample testing will be done in 2019. In selected years (like 2018), sample tests were done in some (about 1900) selected schools to a group thought to be representative of the (Year 6) population as a whole. In those years, papers consisted of:
Biology: 25 minutes – 22 marks
Chemistry: 25 minutes – 22 marks
Physics: 25 minutes – 22 marks
New curriculum, new grading
In the summer of 2016, Year 2 and Year 6 pupils wrote the brand new SATs papers. These papers were based on the new National Curriculum in English and Mathematics. They also make use of new marking schemes and grading system.
The grading system for Key stage 2 SATs is based on scaled scores. As all Key stage 2 SATs are marked externally, these raw scores are converted to scaled scores. A scaled score of 100 shows a pupil has achieved the expected standard of the paper. A pupil with a scaled score of 99 would not have met the expected standard of the test.
The list of full KS 2 outcome codes are as follow:
- AS: expected standard achieved
- NS: expected standard not achieved
- A: absent from one or more of the test papers
- B: working below the level assessed by KS2 SATs
- M: missed the test
- T: working at the level of the tests but unable to access them (all or part of a test is not suitable for a pupil with particular special educational needs)
- 80 – lowest possible scaled score
- 120 – highest possible scaled score
As of June 2020 there will be a new framework, namely the MTC (Multiplication Tables Check Assessment), that will become statutory. Schools can, however, start implementing it in this academic year for them to get to know the assessment framework. The MTC will be a multiplication tables check for all multiplication tables up to and including 12 x 12. This will be administered to Year 4 pupils.
KS2 English exam links
Older SATs past papers – no longer
KS2National Curriculum Test English Paper 1 L3-5 Questions (2014)
KS2SATs English Reading Booklet – The Great Plague (SATs-Papers, 2012)
KS2 SATs English Reading Answer Booklet – The Great Plague (SATs-Papers, 2012)
KS2SATs English Reading Booklet – Caves and Caving in Daveley Dale (SATs-Papers, 2011)
KS2 SATs English Reading Answer Booklet – Caves and Caving in Daveley Dale (SATs-Papers, 2011)
KS2SATs English Reading Booklet – Golden Dreams (SATs-Papers, 2010)
KS2 SATs English Reading Answer Booklet – Golden Dreams (SATs-Papers, 2010)
KS2 Maths exam links
KS2 Science exam
KS2SATs Science Test Paper A (SATs-Papers, 2011)
KS2 SATs Science Test Paper A (SATs-Papers, 2010)
KS2SATs Science Test Paper A (SATs-Papers, 2009)
KS2 SATs Science Test Paper B (SATs-Papers, 2011)
KS2SATs Science Test Paper B (SATs-Papers, 2010)
KS2 SATs Science Test Paper B (SATs-Papers, 2009)
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