2016 SATs Papers

Download the 2016 national curriculum Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 SATs for free.

2016 Key Stage 2 SATs Papers

The 2016 KS2 SATs started in primary schools in England on Monday 9th May 2016. The tests took place over four days.

2016 English Reading KS2 SATs Papers

The 2016 KS2 English Reading SATs paper contained three separate reading texts: 'The Lost Queen', 'Wild Rose' and 'The Way of the Dodo'.

Download the question paper, answer booklet and mark scheme resources below:

2016 Maths KS2 SATs Papers

The 2016 Maths tests included Paper 1 (Arithmetic), Paper 2 (Reasoning) and Paper 3 (Reasoning). All three test papers were non-calculator tests and their marks were added together for a total Maths mark.

The 2016 KS2 SATs were in English Reading, Maths and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.
The 2016 KS2 SATs were in English Reading, Maths and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.

Download the question papers, answer booklets and mark schemes below:

YearPaper 1 Paper 2 Paper 3 Marking Scheme (Answers) Scaled Scores / Levels
2016
2016 (Sample)

2016 Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) KS2 SATs Papers

The 2016 SPaG tests (also known as GaPS or Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling) included Paper 1 (Questions) and Paper 2 (Spelling). Marks for both papers were added together to form the total SPaG mark.

Download the question papers, answer booklets and mark schemes below:

YearPaper 1 (Questions) Paper 2 (Spelling) Spelling Transcript Marking Scheme (Answers) Scaled Scores / Levels
2016
2016 (Sample)

About the 2016 KS2 SATs

Children in Year 6 (those aged 10-11 at the time) took their KS2 SATs tests in May 2016.

The 2016 KS2 SATs were authored, produced and managed by the STA (Standards and Testing Agency) under the authorisation of the DfE (Department for Education).

The 2016 KS2 SATs were authored, produced and managed by the STA.
The 2016 KS2 SATs were authored, produced and managed by the STA.

KS2 SATs were taken in Maths, Reading and SPaG under formal exam conditions. These papers were marked externally whilst separate teacher assessments in Writing and Science were marked by their teachers.

Pupils with additional educational needs were offered support and/or extra exam time where available. Modified materials using braille and large print were available to eligible pupils and their teachers.

For the 2016 Key Stage 2 tests, it was decided that the Reading paper would again take place on the Tuesday following a successful trial in 2018.

The 2016 SATs took place under exam conditions and were marked externally.
The 2016 SATs took place under exam conditions and were marked externally.

2016 was the first year of 'new-style' KS2 SATs tests under the new national curriculum.

To help prepare children for the 2016 KS2 SATs, children were able to download test papers from previous years free of charge. Whilst not working to the same curriculum, KS2 SATs Papers from 2015 (and before) were still useful to aid preparation.

Once marked, children's scores were converted to scaled scores:

  • If a child's scaled score was below 100, they had not reached the expected standard.

  • If a child's scaled score was between 100 and 109, they had reached the expected standard.

  • If a child's score was 110 or over, they had exceeded the expected standard and were judged as working at greater depth.

2016 KS2 SATs Scaled Scores Expected Standard and Greater Depth

Here you will find the Key Stage 2 raw/scaled conversion tables.

2016 English Reading KS2 SATs

The raw score required to achieve the "expected standard" (a scaled score of 100) was 21. Thus, the "pass mark" for pupils taking the 2016 KS2 English Reading SATs was 21/50 or 42%. In order to achieve "greater depth" (scaled score of 110) a child would have to score at least 34/50 or 68%.

See below for the full raw marks to scaled scores conversion table:

Raw Score Scaled Score Level Attained
00Below Expectations
10
20
380
482
583
685
786
887
988
1089
1190
1291
1392
1493
1594
1695
1796
1897
1998
2099
21100At Expected Level
22100
23101
24102
25103
26104
27104
28105
29106
30107
31108
32109
33109
34110Above Expectations / Greater Depth
35111
36112
37113
38114
39115
40116
41117
42118
43119
44120
45120
46120
47120
48120
49120
50120

2016 Maths KS2 SATs

The raw score required to achieve the "expected standard" (a scaled score of 100) was 21. Thus, the "pass mark" for children taking the 2016 KS2 Maths SATs was 21/50 or 42%. In order to achieve "greater depth" (scaled score of 110) a child would have to score at least 34/50 or 68%.

See below for the full raw marks to scaled scores conversion table:

Raw Score Scaled Score Level Attained
00Below Expectations
10
20
380
480
580
680
780
881
982
1082
1183
1284
1384
1485
1586
1686
1787
1887
1988
2088
2188
2289
2389
2490
2590
2690
2791
2891
2991
3092
3192
3292
3393
3493
3593
3694
3794
3894
3994
4095
4195
4295
4396
4496
4596
4696
4797
4897
4997
5097
5197
5298
5398
5498
5598
5699
5799
5899
5999
60100At Expected Level
61100
62100
63100
64100
65101
66101
67101
68101
69101
70102
71102
72102
73102
74103
75103
76103
77103
78104
79104
80104
81104
82105
83105
84105
85105
86106
87106
88106
89106
90107
91107
92107
93108
94108
95109
96109
97109
98110Above Expectations / Greater Depth
99110
100111
101111
102112
103113
104113
105114
106115
107116
108117
109119
110120

2016 Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar KS2 SATs

The mark required to achieve the "expected standard" (a scaled score of 100) was 21. Thus, the "pass mark" for children taking the 2016 KS2 Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar SATs was 21/50 or 42%. In order to achieve "greater depth" (scaled score of 110) a child would have to score at least 34/50 or 68%.

See below for the full raw marks to scaled scores conversion table:

Raw Score Scaled Score Level Attained
00Below Expectations
10
20
380
480
580
680
781
881
982
1083
1184
1285
1385
1486
1586
1687
1788
1888
1989
2089
2190
2290
2391
2491
2592
2692
2793
2893
2993
3094
3194
3295
3395
3496
3596
3696
3797
3897
3998
4098
4199
4299
43100At Expected Level
44100
45100
46101
47101
48102
49102
50103
51103
52104
53104
54105
55106
56106
57107
58108
59108
60109
61110Above Expectations / Greater Depth
62111
63112
64113
65114
66116
67117
68119
69120
70120

Each school's KS2 SATs results were made available to their headteachers in July 2016 via the NCA tools website. Individual KS2 SATs results were fed back to parents some time after this date, normally within a child's end of year report.

Every school's KS2 SATs performance was made publicly available in December 2016 as part of the 2016 primary school league tables.

2016 KS2 SATs Exam Timetable

Date Exam
Monday 9 May 2016 Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar - Paper 1
Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar - Paper 2
Tuesday 10 May 2016 English Reading
Wednesday 11 May 2016 Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic)
Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning)
Thursday 12 May 2016 Maths Paper 3 (Reasoning)

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