KS1 SATs Papers

KS1 SATs papers (often called Year 2 SATs) are tests children take at the end of Year 2. SATs papers KS1 are taken in English Reading, Maths and SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar).

We have all Year 2 SATs papers for you to download for free.

KS1 SATs Papers - English Reading

YearReading Booklet 1 Reading Booklet 2 Reading Answer Booklet Marking Scheme (Answers) Level Thresholds
2016 (Sample)

Children take three Year 2 SATs papers - Reading Booklet 1, Reading Booklet 2 and the Reading Answer Booklet.

Reading Booklet 1 contains three texts and their respective questions. Children have 30 minutes to complete the KS1 SATs paper.

Reading Booklet 2 contains three longer, more complicated texts. The questions for these texts are in the Reading Answer Booklet.

This format of KS1 SATs paper was first introduced in 2016 with the new national curriculum. Year 2 SATs sample papers became available in 2015 to help prepare children for the new test.

KS1 Maths SATs Papers

Children take two Maths Year 2 SATs - Paper 1 (arithmetic) and Paper 2 (reasoning).

Paper 1 contains a series of mental arithmetic questions. Paper 2 has longer, more complicated problem solving questions. Pupils have 20 minutes to complete Paper 1 and 35 minutes to complete Paper 2.

The structure of these KS1 SATs papers was first introduced in 2016. In 2015 the STA published KS1 SATs sample papers to help prepare children for the new test.

SATs Papers KS1 - SPaG

Children take two KS1 SATs papers in SPaG - Paper 1 (spelling) and Paper 2 (questions).

Paper 1 is an audible spelling test. Children need to spell a word in their answer booklet that's read aloud in the classroom. Paper 2 is a sequence of short-answer SATs questions in punctuation and grammar.

This KS1 SATs paper was first introduced in 2016. Sample SATs papers KS1 were published in 2015 to help prepare children for these new KS1 SATs papers.

Children taking their KS1 SATs papers
Download KS1 SATs papers to help prepare your child for their Year 2 SATs

About KS1 SATs Papers

KS1 SATs papers is the contracted form of "Key Stage 1 SATs papers" and children take these tests in Year 2. Hence why plenty refer to these tests as "Year 2 SATs papers" or "Year 2 SATs".

SATs papers at KS1 in 2016 and 2017 were "formal" tests. Exam timings were not strictly ahered to to help limit the pressure on Year 2 children. 

Following the news that children will no longer take formal SATs papers in KS1, we are now in a time of uncertainty. It is likely that children will still sit KS1 SATs papers but as a less formal assessment. At this moment in time, next year's SATs Year 2 remains a mystery

Children taking their KS1 SATs papers
What will replace KS1 SATs papers for 2018? Nobody is sure.

Which KS1 SATs papers should I use?

Year 2 SATs papers published before 2016 remain useful to children. Giving your child past SATs papers KS1 before their tests is the best way to prepare them. Whilst there aren't many available, Year 2 SATs practice papers are incredibly valuable.

There aren't many past KS1 SATs papers available. Use the English Reading Year 2 SATs sample papers from 2015 as they are valid. The KS1 SATs sample papers in Maths from 2015 are also of a modern structure. Likewise, the SPaG sample sats papers KS1 are very useful.

The 2016 SATs were the first modern "new structure" SATs papers for the new national curriculum. These were joined this year by the 2017 SATs, a further set of KS2 SATs papers for children to practise with.

Do not confuse SATs papers KS1 with "SAT papers KS1", or"KS1 SAT papers". These are different tests (often pronounced "S.A.Ts") that take place in the USA.

Since 2011 we have offered free Year 2 SATs practice papers to millions of parents and teachers. Other websites (like testbase ks1 and emaths ks1) have tried and failed to compete.  Thank you for your support! 

It might be more convenient for you to access all our KS1 Maths SATs Papers, KS1 SPaG Papers or KS1 Reading SATs via their dedicated pages.

If your child is coming up to their SATs, why not look at our detailed guide to SATs Revision.

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