2018 SATs Papers

Download the 2018 national curriculum Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 SATs for free.

2018 Key Stage 2 SATs Papers

The 2018 KS2 SATs started in primary schools in England on Monday 14th May 2018. The tests took place over four days.

2018 English Reading KS2 SATs Papers

The 2018 KS2 English Reading SATs paper contained three separate reading texts: 'The Giant Panda Bear', 'Grannie' and 'Albion's Dream'.

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

YearReading Booklet Reading Answer Booklet Marking Scheme (Answers) Scaled Scores / Levels
2018

2018 Maths KS2 SATs Papers

The 2018 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 2018 KS2 SATs were in English Reading, Maths and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.
The 2018 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
2018

2018 Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) KS2 SATs Papers

The 2018 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
2018

About the 2018 KS2 SATs

Children in Year 6 (those aged 10-11 at the time) took their KS2 SATs tests in May 2018.

The 2018 KS2 SATs were authored, produced and managed by the STA (Standards and Testing Agency) under the authorisation of the DfE (Department for Education).

The 2018 KS2 SATs were authored, produced and managed by the STA.
The 2018 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 2018 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 2018 SATs took place under exam conditions and were marked externally.
The 2018 SATs took place under exam conditions and were marked externally.

2018 was the third year of 'new-style' KS2 SATs tests under the new national curriculum.

To help prepare children for the 2018 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.

2018 KS2 SATs Scaled Scores Expected Standard and Greater Depth

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

2018 English Reading KS2 SATs

The raw score required to achieve the "expected standard" (a scaled score of 100) was 28. Thus, the "pass mark" for pupils taking the 2018 KS2 English Reading SATs was 28/50 or 56%. In order to achieve "greater depth" (scaled score of 110) a child would have to score at least 40/50 or 80%.

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

Raw Score Scaled Score Level Attained
00Below Expectations
10
20
380
480
581
682
783
884
985
1086
1187
1288
1389
1490
1590
1691
1792
1893
1993
2094
2195
2296
2396
2497
2598
2698
2799
28100At Expected Level
29101
30101
31102
32103
33104
34105
35106
36107
37107
38108
39109
40110Above Expectations / Greater Depth
41112
42113
43114
44115
45117
46118
47120
48120
49120
50120

2018 Maths KS2 SATs

The raw score required to achieve the "expected standard" (a scaled score of 100) was 28. Thus, the "pass mark" for children taking the 2018 KS2 Maths SATs was 28/50 or 56%. In order to achieve "greater depth" (scaled score of 110) a child would have to score at least 40/50 or 80%.

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
1183
1284
1384
1485
1586
1686
1786
1887
1987
2088
2188
2289
2389
2489
2590
2690
2790
2891
2991
3091
3192
3292
3392
3493
3593
3693
3794
3894
3994
4094
4195
4295
4395
4496
4596
4696
4796
4897
4997
5097
5197
5298
5398
5498
5598
5699
5799
5899
5999
6099
61100At Expected Level
62100
63100
64100
65101
66101
67101
68101
69102
70102
71102
72102
73103
74103
75103
76103
77104
78104
79104
80104
81105
82105
83105
84105
85106
86106
87106
88107
89107
90107
91108
92108
93108
94109
95109
96110Above Expectations / Greater Depth
97110
98110
99111
100111
101112
102113
103113
104114
105115
106116
107117
108118
109120
110120

2018 Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar KS2 SATs

The mark required to achieve the "expected standard" (a scaled score of 100) was 28. Thus, the "pass mark" for children taking the 2018 KS2 Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar SATs was 28/50 or 56%. In order to achieve "greater depth" (scaled score of 110) a child would have to score at least 40/50 or 80%.

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
681
782
883
984
1084
1185
1286
1387
1487
1588
1688
1789
1890
1990
2091
2191
2292
2392
2493
2593
2694
2794
2895
2995
3096
3196
3297
3397
3498
3598
3699
3799
38100At Expected Level
39100
40101
41101
42102
43102
44103
45103
46104
47104
48105
49106
50106
51107
52107
53108
54109
55109
56110Above Expectations / Greater Depth
57111
58111
59112
60113
61114
62115
63116
64117
65118
66120
67120
68120
69120
70120

Each school's KS2 SATs results were made available to their headteachers in July 2018 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 2018 as part of the 2018 primary school league tables.

2018 KS2 SATs Exam Timetable

Date Exam
Monday 14 May 2018 Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar - Paper 1
Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar - Paper 2
Tuesday 15 May 2018 English Reading
Wednesday 16 May 2018 Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic)
Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning)
Thursday 17 May 2018 Maths Paper 3 (Reasoning)

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