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.
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. The new-style 2016 KS2 SATs assessments are in:
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:
|09/05/2016||English - Reading Test|
English - Grammar & Punctuation Short Answer Questions
English - Spelling Test
Maths - Paper 1 (Arithmetic)
Maths - Paper 2 (Reasoning)
|12/05/2016||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.
The 2016 KS2 English Reading Test is a 60 minute, single exam that's worth 50 marks and 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:
|Year||Spelling Test (SPaG)||Short Answer Questions (SPaG)||Spelling Test (SPaG, Teacher's Version)||Marking Scheme|
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 Level 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. For the full details, see this article on Exam Ninja: 2014 KS2 SATs Reading Test Changes . 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.
The Level 6 Reading SATs Paper is essentially just another reading comprehension assessment. Pupils are given a Reading Booklet containing several texts and then asked 25 questions about them. Pupils are 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 expects 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 will be shown for the first time in school performance tables. However, the DfE will not 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.
Note: Pupils are no longer required to take an externally examined Writing KS2 SATs paper. Instead this is taken as an externally moderated teacher assessment.
|Year||Reading Stimulus||Reading Answer Booklet||Writing Test (Shorter Task)||Writing Test (Longer Task)||Administrator's Guide||Marking Scheme||Level Thresholds|
|Year||Test A||Test B||Mental Maths Audio Transcript||Mental Maths Audio MP3||Mental Maths Answer Sheet||Marking Scheme||Level Thresholds|
The 2013 KS2 Maths SATs papers (at Level 3-5) 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 are aggregated to create their overall Key Stage 2 Maths SATs level.
As with Key Stage 2 English, schools can choose to administer the Level 6 Mathematics Tests in addition to the Level 3-5 tests. These SATs papers remain in the same format as the 2013 and 2014 Level 6 Maths papers. The Level 6 Mathematics tests consist 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.
Note that a pupil does require the following for their tests (Level 3-5 and Level 6):
All KS2 Maths SATs papers are externally marked. The 2015 SATs papers will be much like the SATs papers from 2012, 2013 and 2014.
|Year||Spelling Test (SPaG)||Short Answer Questions (SPaG)||Spelling Test (SPaG, Teacher's Version)||Framework||Marking Scheme||Level Thresholds|
The 2013 KS2 SPaG SATs Papers are above, so too are the sample SATs papers for the 2013 SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar) SATs paper. 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|
Above are the Level 6 sample questions for the new for the new English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Test, of great interest to pupils working towards a Level 6 SATs award.
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 for 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 not a Key Stage 2 Science sampling test in 2013. Instead, a new biennial pupil-level sampling system was introduced in 2014. A sample of approximately 9500 children will be randomly selected (based on 5 children from 1900 schools). Awkwardly, the STA will contact schools by the middle of May to agree the date that the test will be taken at each school.
Once instructed, children will sit the test within a two week window from Monday 2nd June 2014 and it will consist of three separate papers. Each will take no longer than 25 minutes to complete.
Schools that are selected have to participate. Don't worry though, no individual school or child will be subsequently identified.
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