Optional SATs Tests

In preparation for KS2 and KS3 SATs tests, many schools use QCA optional SATs papers pupils in year 3, year 4, year 5, year 7 and year 8 in English (reading and writing) and Maths. Indeed, despite pupils no longer being externally examined in KS3, many schools still use these progress tests as an additional form of assessment.

In 2003 and 2006 the QCA/QCDA published optional SATs tests to enable schools to assess children's progress in the run up to their KS2 SATs exams.

From 2003 to 2007 the QCA/QCDA published year 7 optional tests in Maths and English to help teachers track the progress of their pupils in preparation for KS3 SATs.

    All available year 7 optional tests can be downloaded completely free from SATs-Papers.co.uk. They also published several year 8 Optional SATs Papers in 2004.

    YearReading BookletReading Answer BookletSpelling TaskStory TaskWriting Answer BookletWriting (Shorter Task)Marking SchemeLevel Thresholds
    2006
    YR3 SATs Paper - 2006 English Reading Answer Booklet
    YR3 SATs Paper - 2006 English Writing Answer Booklet
    YR3 SATs Paper - 2006 English Marking Scheme
    2003
    YR3 SATs Paper - 2003 English Reading Answer Booklet
    YR3 SATs Paper - 2003 English Level Thresholds

    In year 3 some schools assess pupils by setting them these year 3 English optional SATs papers. The English progress tests encompass reading, writing and spelling.

    YearPaper APaper BMental Maths Audio TranscriptMental Maths Answer SheetMarking SchemeLevel Thresholds
    2006
    YR3 SATs Paper - 2006 Maths Paper A
    YR3 SATs Paper - 2006 Maths Paper B
    YR3 SATs Paper - 2006 Maths Mental Maths Audio Transcript
    YR3 SATs Paper - 2006 Maths Mental Maths Answer Sheet
    YR3 SATs Paper - 2006 Maths Marking Scheme
    2003
    YR3 SATs Paper - 2003 Maths Paper A
    YR3 SATs Paper - 2003 Maths Paper B
    YR3 SATs Paper - 2003 Maths Mental Maths Audio Transcript
    YR3 SATs Paper - 2003 Maths Mental Maths Answer Sheet
    YR3 SATs Paper - 2003 Maths Level Thresholds

    Optional year 3 Maths tests consist of two papers (Paper A and Paper B) and a Mental Maths listening test.

    YearReading BookletReading Answer BookletSpelling TaskWriting Test (Longer Task)Writing (Shorter Task)Marking SchemeLevel Thresholds
    2006
    YR4 SATs Paper - 2006 English Reading Answer Booklet
    YR4 SATs Paper - 2006 English Writing Test (Longer Task)
    YR4 SATs Paper - 2006 English Marking Scheme
    2003
    YR4 SATs Paper - 2003 English Reading Answer Booklet
    YR4 SATs Paper - 2003 English Reading Answer Booklet
    YR4 SATs Paper - 2003 English Level Thresholds

    Optional year 4 English tests are used to support pupil assessment, much like those in year 3. The 2003 tests include two reading booklets.

    YearPaper APaper BMental Maths Audio TranscriptMental Maths Answer SheetMarking SchemeLevel Thresholds
    2006
    YR4 SATs Paper - 2006 Maths Paper A
    YR4 SATs Paper - 2006 Maths Paper B
    YR4 SATs Paper - 2006 Maths Mental Maths Audio Transcript
    YR4 SATs Paper - 2006 Maths Mental Maths Answer Sheet
    YR4 SATs Paper - 2006 Maths Marking Scheme
    2003
    YR4 SATs Paper - 2003 Maths Mental Maths Audio Transcript
    YR4 SATs Paper - 2003 Maths Mental Maths Answer Sheet
    YR4 SATs Paper - 2003 Maths Level Thresholds

    Year 4 Optional tests are much like those taken in year 3 with two papers (Paper A and Paper B) and a Mental Maths assessment.

    YearReading BookletReading Answer BookletSpelling TaskWriting Test (Longer Task)Writing (Shorter Task)Marking SchemeLevel Thresholds
    2006
    YR5 SATs Paper - 2006 English Reading Answer Booklet
    YR5 SATs Paper - 2006 English Spelling Task
    YR5 SATs Paper - 2006 English Marking Scheme
    2003
    YR5 SATs Paper - 2003 English Reading Answer Booklet
    YR5 SATs Paper - 2003 English Level Thresholds

    These year 5 optional SATs papers were published by the QCA/QCDA to aid teachers assessing pupils' English before their KS2 SATs assessments in year 6.

    YearPaper APaper BMental Maths Audio TranscriptMental Maths Answer SheetMarking SchemeLevel Thresholds
    2006
    YR5 SATs Paper - 2006 Maths Paper A
    YR5 SATs Paper - 2006 Maths Paper B
    YR5 SATs Paper - 2006 Maths Mental Maths Audio Transcript
    YR5 SATs Paper - 2006 Maths Mental Maths Answer Sheet
    YR5 SATs Paper - 2006 Maths Marking Scheme
    2003
    YR5 SATs Paper - 2003 Maths Paper A
    YR5 SATs Paper - 2003 Maths Paper B
    YR5 SATs Paper - 2003 Maths Mental Maths Audio Transcript
    YR5 SATs Paper - 2003 Maths Mental Maths Answer Sheet
    YR5 SATs Paper - 2003 Maths Marking Scheme
    YR5 SATs Paper - 2003 Maths Level Thresholds

    These optional SATs papers were published by the QCA/QCDA to help teachers assessing pupils' Maths before their KS2 SATs assessments in year 6.

    Optional tests in year 7 were written to help teachers monitor the progress of pupils as they progressed towards KS3 tests. Since 2009 when formal KS3 SATs were dropped, these papers have stopped being published and only those from 2003-2007 exist. The English tests consist of separate reading, writing and spelling assessments.

    Optional Year 7 Maths tests consist of two papers (Paper 1 and Paper 2) and a Mental Maths assessment. They were published between 2003 and 2007 and are all free to download below.

    YearLevel 4-6Level 5-7Mental Maths Audio TranscriptMarking Scheme
    2011
    YR8 SATs Paper - 2011 Maths Marking Scheme
    2004
    YR8 SATs Paper - 2004 Maths Mental Maths Audio Transcript

    Optional Year 8 Maths tests consist of two papers (Paper 1 and Paper 2 in either Level 4-6 or Level 5-7) and a Mental Maths assessment.

    YearReading BookletReading Answer BookletWriting Test (Longer Task)Writing (Shorter Task and Answer Booklet)Marking Scheme
    2011
    YR8 SATs Paper - 2011 English Reading Answer Booklet
    YR8 SATs Paper - 2011 English Writing (Shorter Task and Answer Booklet)
    YR8 SATs Paper - 2011 English Marking Scheme
    YearReading BookletReading Answer BookletWriting PaperWriting Answer BookletShakespeare PaperMarking Scheme
    2011
    YR9 SATs Paper - 2011 English Reading Answer Booklet
    YR9 SATs Paper - 2011 English Writing Answer Booklet
    YR9 SATs Paper - 2011 English Marking Scheme

    YearTier/Level 4-7Marking Scheme
    2011
    YR9 SATs Paper - 2011 Science Marking Scheme

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