KS2 SATs Papers

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KS2 SATs papers are taken by pupils in year 6 (when they are 10-11 years old) as part of the National Curriculum assessment programme. At SATs-Papers.co.uk we offer you the most comprehensive free SATs paper resource so your children (or pupils!) have the best opportunity to perform to their potential.

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    One of the most effective ways to improve a pupil's performance in their Key Stage 2 SATs is by using past KS2 SATs papers. Below are all currently available KS2 SATs papers. As with all our past SATs papers, these KS2 SATs papers are free to download and use.

    The 2013 KS2 SATs papers took place on the week beginning the 13th May 2013. Children took KS2 SATs papers in two core subjects: English and Maths. These were broken down into five separate, externally examined tests. The 2014 KS2 SATs tests will take place between 12th May 2014 and 15th May 2014. The timetable is on the right:

    Note that in 2014 there will be no Maths Test B (i.e. there will be no KS2 Maths paper that requires a calculator).

    Date Level 3-5 tests* Level 6 tests*
    12/05/2014 English - Reading Test English - Reading Test
    13/05/2014 English - Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling Test English - Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling Test
    14/05/2014 Maths - Mental Maths Test
    Maths - Paper 1**
    None
    15/05/2014 Maths - Paper 2** Maths - Paper 1
    Maths - Paper 2

    *If a school is administering both the Level 3-5 and Level 6 test in a subject the Level 3-5 test must be administered first.

    **From 2014 there will be no "calculator allowed" Maths SATs paper.

    YearSpelling Test (SPaG)Short Answer Questions (SPaG)Spelling Test (SPaG, Teacher's Version)FrameworkMarking SchemeLevel Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2013
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2013 Samples Level Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2012

    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.)

    English KS2 SATs papers have, until 2013, changed very little since their inception. Pupils in 2013 are now 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 will not follow the same structure as in previous years. There will no longer be a dedicated reading time and the texts will not share a common theme. For the full details, see this article on Exam Ninja: 2014 KS2 SATs Reading Test Changes . The questions will still vary in their depth with some only requiring a single word answer, others a paragraph to demonstrate strong understanding (up to three marks). Pupils can also still refer back to the texts at any point. It remains 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.

    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.

    YearReading StimulusReading Answer BookletWriting Test (Shorter Task)Writing Test (Longer Task)Teacher's/Administrator's GuideMarking SchemeLevel Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2013
    Level-6 SATs Paper - 2013 English Reading Answer Booklet
    Level-6 SATs Paper - 2013 English Level Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2012
    Level-6 SATs Paper - 2012 English Reading Answer Booklet
    Level-6 SATs Paper - 2012 English Level Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2011
    Level-6 SATs Paper - 2011 English Reading Answer Booklet
    Level-6 SATs Paper - 2011 English Teacher's/Administrator's Guide
    Level-6 SATs Paper - 2011 English Level Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    YearTest ATest BMental Maths Audio TranscriptMental Maths Audio MP3Mental Maths Answer SheetMarking SchemeLevel Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2013
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2013 Maths Test A
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2013 Maths Test B
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2013 Maths Mental Maths Audio Transcript
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2013 Maths Mental Maths Answer Sheet
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2013 Maths Marking Scheme
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2013 Maths Level Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2012
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2012 Maths Test A
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2012 Maths Test B
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2012 Maths Mental Maths Audio Transcript
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2012 Maths Mental Maths Answer Sheet
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2012 Maths Marking Scheme
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2012 Maths Level Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2011
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2011 Maths Test A
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2011 Maths Test B
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2011 Maths Mental Maths Audio Transcript
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2011 Maths Mental Maths Answer Sheet
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2011 Maths Marking Scheme
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2011 Maths Level Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2010
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2010 Maths Test A
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2010 Maths Test B
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2010 Maths Mental Maths Audio Transcript
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2010 Maths Mental Maths Answer Sheet
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2010 Maths Marking Scheme
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2010 Maths Level Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2009
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2009 Maths Test A
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2009 Maths Test B
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2009 Maths Mental Maths Audio Transcript
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2009 Maths Mental Maths Answer Sheet
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2009 Maths Marking Scheme
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2009 Maths Level Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2008
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2008 Maths Test A
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2008 Maths Test B
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2008 Maths Mental Maths Audio Transcript
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2008 Maths Mental Maths Answer Sheet
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2008 Maths Marking Scheme
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2008 Maths Level Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2007
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2007 Maths Test A
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2007 Maths Test B
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2007 Maths Mental Maths Audio Transcript
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2007 Maths Mental Maths Answer Sheet
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2007 Maths Marking Scheme
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2007 Maths Level Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2006
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2006 Maths Test A
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2006 Maths Test B
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2006 Maths Mental Maths Audio Transcript
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2006 Maths Mental Maths Answer Sheet
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2006 Maths Marking Scheme
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2006 Maths Level Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2005
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2005 Maths Test A
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2005 Maths Test B
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2005 Maths Mental Maths Audio Transcript
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2005 Maths Mental Maths Answer Sheet
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2005 Maths Marking Scheme
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2005 Maths Level Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2004
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2004 Maths Test A
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2004 Maths Test B
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2004 Maths Mental Maths Audio Transcript
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2004 Maths Marking Scheme
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2004 Maths Level Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2003
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2003 Maths Test A
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2003 Maths Test B
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2003 Maths Mental Maths Audio Transcript
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2003 Maths Mental Maths Audio MP3
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2003 Maths Marking Scheme
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2003 Maths Level Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2002
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2002 Maths Test A
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2002 Maths Test B
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2002 Maths Mental Maths Audio MP3
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2002 Maths Mental Maths Answer Sheet
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2002 Maths Marking Scheme
    2001
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2001 Maths Test A
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2001 Maths Test B
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2001 Maths Mental Maths Audio MP3
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2001 Maths Mental Maths Answer Sheet
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2001 Maths Marking Scheme
    2000
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2000 Maths Test A
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2000 Maths Mental Maths Audio MP3
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2000 Maths Mental Maths Answer Sheet
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2000 Maths Marking Scheme
    1999
    KS2 SATs Paper - 1999 Maths Mental Maths Audio MP3
    KS2 SATs Paper - 1999 Maths Mental Maths Answer Sheet

    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 is changing. The 2014 KS2 Maths SATs papers consist 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 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):

    • A pen and pencil.
    • A ruler displaying both cm and mm.
    • An "angle measurer" (protractor to you and me).
    • A mirror.
    • Tracing paper.
    • Note: The calculator required for Test B does not need to be a scientific calculator.

    All KS2 Maths SATs papers are externally marked. The 2013 SATs papers will be much like the SATs papers from 2012.

    YearTest ATest BTeacher's/Administrator's GuideMarking SchemeLevel Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2013
    Level-6 SATs Paper - 2013 Maths Test A
    Level-6 SATs Paper - 2013 Maths Test B
    Level-6 SATs Paper - 2013 Maths Marking Scheme
    Level-6 SATs Paper - 2013 Maths Level Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2012
    Level-6 SATs Paper - 2012 Maths Test A
    Level-6 SATs Paper - 2012 Maths Test B
    Level-6 SATs Paper - 2012 Maths Marking Scheme
    Level-6 SATs Paper - 2012 Maths Level Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2011
    Level-6 SATs Paper - 2011 Maths Test A
    Level-6 SATs Paper - 2011 Maths Test B
    Level-6 SATs Paper - 2011 Maths Teacher's/Administrator's Guide
    Level-6 SATs Paper - 2011 Maths Marking Scheme
    Level-6 SATs Paper - 2011 Maths Level Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2002
    Level-6 SATs Paper - 2002 Maths Test A
    Level-6 SATs Paper - 2002 Maths Marking Scheme
    2001
    Level-6 SATs Paper - 2001 Maths Test A
    Level-6 SATs Paper - 2001 Maths Marking Scheme
    2000
    Level-6 SATs Paper - 2000 Maths Test A
    Level-6 SATs Paper - 2000 Maths Marking Scheme
    YearTest ATest BMarking SchemeLevel Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2012
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2012 Science Test A
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2012 Science Test B
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2012 Science Marking Scheme
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2012 Science Level Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2011
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2011 Science Test A
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2011 Science Test B
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2011 Science Marking Scheme
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2011 Science Level Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2010
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2010 Science Test A
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2010 Science Test B
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2010 Science Marking Scheme
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2010 Science Level Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2009
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2009 Science Test A
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2009 Science Test B
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2009 Science Marking Scheme
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2009 Science Level Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2008
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2008 Science Test A
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2008 Science Test B
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2008 Science Marking Scheme
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2008 Science Level Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2007
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2007 Science Test A
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2007 Science Test B
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2007 Science Marking Scheme
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2007 Science Level Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2006
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2006 Science Test A
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2006 Science Test B
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2006 Science Marking Scheme
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2006 Science Level Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2005
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2005 Science Test A
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2005 Science Test B
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2005 Science Marking Scheme
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2005 Science Level Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2004
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2004 Science Test A
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2004 Science Test B
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2004 Science Marking Scheme
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2004 Science Level Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)
    2003
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2003 Science Test A
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2003 Science Test B
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2003 Science Marking Scheme
    KS2 SATs Paper - 2003 Science Level Thresholds (Grade Boundaries)

    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 will be 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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