KS2 SATs papers are taken by pupils at the end of Year 6 (when they are 10-11 years old) as part of the National Curriculum assessment programme. Children take KS2 SATs tests in English (Reading and SPaG) and Maths. English writing and Science are still assessed but internally within your child's school through KS2 "teacher assessments".
KS2 SATs have been fully revised and updated for May 2016 in line with the new national curriculum. The STA have released a full set of sample 2016 KS2 SATs Papers in English Reading, Maths and SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) to give parents and teachers an idea of what to expect.
Children in Year 6 in the 2015-2016 academic year will be the first to take the new-style KS2 SATs tests in May 2016. The new-style 2016 KS2 SATs assessments are in:
One of the most significant changes in the new 2016 KS2 SATs is the removal of "levels". Levels, such as 2a, 3b and 4c used to correspond to "raw marks" (e.g. 78 out of 100) show where each student is in terms of the national curriculum. From May 2016, children will instead be given a 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. The reason for this change is because it allows test results to be reported consistently from one year to the next. This means they maintain their meaning over time, so if two children achieve the same scaled score on two different tests (despite possibly having entirely different "raw scores"), they will have demonstrated the same attainment.
The interpretation of scaled scores will be as follows:
|< 100||Below Expected Standard|
|= 100||At Expected Standard|
|> 100||Above Expected Standard|
In the past, the DfE and STA produced optional level 6 tests for pupils that could demonstrate attainment above level 5. From now on, cease to exist. Instead of separate tests for these high achievers, the DfE and STA are developing the 2016 KS2 SATs papers to include questions for higher attaining pupils to show their strengths. Hence, in theory, a 2015 level 6 pupil would have potentially achieved over 100 in their scaled score result.
The 2016 KS2 SATs tests are planned to take place across the week commencing 9th May as set out in the following draft exam timetable:
|Monday 9th May 2016||English - Reading Test|
|Tuesday 10th May 2016||
English - Grammar & Punctuation Short Answer Questions
English - Spelling Test
|Wednesday 11th May 2016||
Maths - Paper 1 (Arithmetic)
Maths - Paper 2 (Reasoning)
|Thursday 12th May 2016||Maths - Paper 3 (Reasoning)|
Below you will find the sample 2016 KS2 SATs papers that have been provided by the STA. They are available to download completely free of charge.
Although strictly speaking the 2016 KS2 English Reading SATs paper is a new test (that's required a full sample to be produced), it's firmly based on those of the previous national curriculum.
Children will take one KS2 English Reading test:
The 2016 KS2 English Reading Test is presented in two booklets. One booklet is the Reading Booklet that 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 ordered in the same sequence as the texts in the Reading Answer Booklet.
As with previous years, the questions will broadly assess a child's ability to fully understand the structure, meaning and purpose of a passage of text. The questions will test a variety of reading comprehension skills including:
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Remember, as a result of the KS2 SATs changes, the 2016 KS2 SATs tests will contain questions that stretch even the most able of pupils. Can your child effectively explain inferences from non-fiction texts, understand the meaning of texts as a whole and explain their context?. The 2016 KS2 SATs will undoubtedly be tough and their challenge is to score more than the 100 "national expected standard". If your child is a high achiever, take a look at Exam Ninja's KS2 SATs 100+ High Achievers Packs to help boost their confidence.
The KS2 Maths SATs papers are significantly different from previous years.
Children will now take three separate KS2 Maths tests:
Paper 1, now known as the "Arithmetic" paper, contains 40 marks worth of calculation-based questions. For this paper it's essential that your child is comfortable with the following topics:
KS2 Maths Paper 2 and Paper 3 are now known as the "Reasoning" papers and each contain 35 marks worth of more problem-solving based Maths. Children will need to apply their KS2 Maths skills (as used in Paper 1) to a variety of topics including:
The marks of all three papers are added to create a final KS2 SATs Maths "raw score" result. This raw score is then converted into a scaled score (rather than old-style levels) as mentioned in our blog post Levels, scaled scores and the 2016 KS2 SATs...
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|Year||Spelling Test (SPaG)||Short Answer Questions (SPaG)||Spelling Test (SPaG, Teacher's Version)||Marking Scheme|
As with the 2016 KS2 English Reading test, strictly speaking the 2016 KS2 SPaG papers are new tests. However, their structure and most of their content is based on those from the previous national curriculum. The big change though is that the 2016 KS2 SPaG papers are significantly harder!
Children will take two KS2 SPaG tests:
The refreshed Part 1 (Punctuation & Grammar Questions) is without question harder and it contains a series of questions on number of (often new) SPaG topics including:
Part 2 (Spelling Test) is essentially unchanged from previous years and involves your child's teacher reading 20 sentences from a script. Your child then fills in the blank on their answer sheet by correctly spelling the missing word.
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Remember, as a result of the KS2 SATs changes, the 2016 KS2 SATs tests will contain questions that stretch even the most able of pupils. Is your child comfortable with subordinating conjunctions, homophones, the present progressive tense and subordinate clauses?. The 2016 KS2 SATs will undoubtedly be tough and their challenge is to score more than the 100 "national expected standard". If your child is a high achiever, take a look at Exam Ninja's KS2 SATs 100+ High Achievers Packs to help boost their confidence.
Whilst no-longer fully relevant to today's "new" curriculum, the past KS2 SATs Papers still make useful practice for children in Year 6 that are preparing for their KS2 SATs.
|Year||Reading Booklet||Reading Answer Booklet||Writing Test (Shorter Task & Spelling Task)||Writing Test (Longer Task)||Writing Test (Longer Task Answer Booklet)||Spelling Test (Teacher's Version)||Marking Scheme||Level Thresholds|
English KS2 SATs papers have, until 2013, changed very little since their inception. Pupils in 2013 were (for the first time) required to take two externally assessed SATs papers: An English Reading SATs Paper and a new English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling SATs Paper.
The 2014 Levels 3-5 KS2 Reading SATs Paper did not follow the same structure as in previous years. There was no longer a dedicated reading time and the texts did not share a common theme. The questions still varied in their depth with some only requiring a single word answer, others a paragraph to demonstrate strong understanding (up to three marks). Pupils could also still refer back to the texts at any point. It remained a classic reading comprehension assessment.
|Year||Reading Stimulus||Reading Answer Booklet||Writing Test (Shorter Task)||Writing Test (Longer Task)||Administrator's Guide||Marking Scheme||Level Thresholds|
The Level 6 Reading SATs Paper was essentially just another reading comprehension assessment. Pupils were given a Reading Booklet containing several texts and then asked 25 questions about them. Pupils were allocated 10 minutes to read the texts and then a further 50 minutes to answer the questions. As with the Level 3-5 Reading SATs paper, the Level 6 Reading SATs paper expected some shorter answers and some longer ones, up to a maximum of four marks per question.
In 2014, the percentage of the number of children at the end of Key Stage 2 achieving a Level 6 in a school was shown for the first time in school performance tables. However, the DfE didn't publish any information at school level about the numbers of children entered for the level 6 tests or the percentage achieving level 6 of those entered for level 6.
|Year||Test A||Test B||Mental Maths Audio Transcript||Mental Maths Audio MP3||Mental Maths Answer Sheet||Marking Scheme||Level Thresholds|
The 2003-2013 KS2 Maths SATs papers (at Levels 3-5) were comprised of three separate papers, Test A (45 minutes, non-calculator), Test B (45 minutes, calculator allowed) and a 20 minute mental arithmetic paper called Mental Maths.
However, in 2014 this changed. The 2014 KS2 Maths SATs papers consisted of two non-calculator papers (each lasting 45 minutes) and the usual Mental Maths Test, again lasting 20 minutes.
A child's mark from all three papers was aggregated to create their overall Key Stage 2 Maths SATs level.
Note that a pupil does require the following for their tests (Levels 3-5 and Level 6):
All KS2 Maths SATs papers were externally marked.
As with Key Stage 2 English, schools could choose to administer the Level 6 Mathematics Tests in addition to the Levels 3-5 tests. These SATs papers remained in the same format as the 2013 and 2014 Level 6 Maths papers. The Level 6 Mathematics tests consisted of two papers, Paper 1: a non-calculator paper, lasting 30 minutes and Paper 2: a calculator available paper also lasting 30 minutes. Children's marks from both tests are aggregated to determine whether they are performing at Level 6 in mathematics.
|Year||Spelling Test (SPaG)||Short Answer Questions (SPaG)||Spelling Test (SPaG, Teacher's Version)||Framework||Marking Scheme||Level Thresholds|
The 2012-2015 KS2 SPaG SATs Papers are above, note, many refer to SPaG as GaPS, it is exactly the same thing. We also have the small English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Test Sample published in June 2012 which can be downloaded here.)
|Year||Spelling Test (SPaG)||Short Answer Questions (SPaG)||Spelling Test (SPaG, Teacher's Version)||Extended Task||Framework||Marking Scheme|
The Level 6 SPaG test was an additional SPaG assessment for children that reached the required standard and were entered into the optional test by their school.
Until 2011, pupils were expected to sit two individual and externally marked KS2 Science SATs papers. For the 2011 SATs papers however, the decision was taken to scrap formal examinations in preference of a teacher assessment. Lord Bew's review of Key Stage 2 testing in 2010 concluded that teacher assessments in Science would continue but that a selection of schools should take national sampling tests to monitor standards.
There was no Key Stage 2 Science sampling test in 2013. Instead, a new biennial pupil-level sampling system was introduced in 2014 which still operates. A sample of approximately 9500 children were randomly selected (based on 5 children from 1900 schools).
Once instructed, children will sit the test within a two week window from Monday 6th June 2016 and it will consist of three separate papers (Biology, Chemistry and Physice). Each will take no longer than 25 minutes to complete.
Schools that are selected have to participate, it is not optional. This requirement to participate if selected (as well as the separate papers split by scientific subject) makes KS2 Science sound very intimidating. There's no need to worry though as your child will understand the questions and individual school or child will be subsequently identified.
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