KS2 SATs Papers

KS2 SATs papers (also known as Year 6 SATs papers) are tests children take at the end of Year 6. SATs papers KS2 are taken in English Reading, Maths and SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar).

We have all past SATs papers KS2 for you to download for free.

KS2 SATs Papers - English Reading

YearReading Booklet Reading Answer Booklet Marking Scheme (Answers) Level Thresholds
2018
2017
2016
2016 (Sample)
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
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Children are given two KS2 SATs papers - a reading booklet and a reading answer booklet. All our English Reading Free SATs papers KS2 are available to download above.

Of all the subjects, English Reading has changed the least of all the KS2 SATs papers. With only one KS2 SATs paper, it's out 50 marks and children have 60 minutes to complete it.

As well as English Reading, children take a "teacher assessment" in English Writing. This will be set and marked by their teacher and the test will not take place during the KS2 SATs week.

SATs Papers KS2 - Maths

YearPaper 1 Paper 2 Paper 3 Marking Scheme (Answers) Level Thresholds
2018
2017
2016
2016 (Sample)
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
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2004
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2002
2001
2000

KS2 SATs Papers in Maths are three separate papers - Paper 1 (arithmetic), Paper 2 (reasoning) and Paper 3 (reasoning).

Whilst the format of the Maths Y6 SATs papers has changed, the content has remained largely the same. Children have 40 minutes to complete Paper 1 and 30 minutes to complete Paper 2 and Paper 3. The marks of all three papers are then added together for their final mark.

SATs Papers KS2 - Mental Maths

Mental Maths Tests Year 6 were a separate KS2 SATs paper until 2015. Mental Maths Tests used pre-recorded audio to ask the questions.

We have all past Year 6 Mental Maths Tests for you to download for free.

YearMental Maths MP3 Mental Maths Answer Sheet Mental Maths Transcript
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
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About Mental Maths Tests Year 6

Until 2015, the Mental Maths KS2 Test was part of the SATs papers. The Mental Maths SATs were for Year 6 and, contrary to urban myth, Mental Maths Tests for Year 2 have never existed.

Mental Maths Tests Year 6 were a unique and popular SATs paper. Children would listen to an audio recording of a teacher asking questions. They would calculate their answer and write it down on a separate Mental Maths Test Year 6 answer sheet.

Created in 1999, the Mental Maths Test sought to assess a child's mental arithmetic. Back then, children were allowed a calculator in their tests. Hence a separate SATs Mental Maths Test was required. However, in 2014 calculators were banned in all KS2 Maths tests. Thus the original purpose of the Year 6 Mental Maths test was  undermined.

Children taking their Mental Maths Tests
The Mental Maths Tests were a popular KS2 SATs paper

The Mental Maths KS2 audio was challenging and forced children to keep to a set timescale. As well as typical KS2 Mental Maths, it also tested weights, ratios, comparisons and more. The Mental Maths Year 6 Test touched on every part of the curriculum.

Unfortunately, the Mental Maths KS2 Test was phased out in 2015. This was as a result of the new national curriculum assessments. 

As a result of a review carried out in 2012, it was decided that mental arithmetic should carry greater weight. Now the national curriculum has a far deeper focus on Mental Maths. Indeed, Year 6 Mental Maths has been spread across all three KS2 SATs papers.

It's widely thought of as a great shame that the Mental Maths Tests stopped. They were a unique assessment that genuinely engaged children. Instead, typical Mental Maths Year 6 has been largely confined to Paper 1 (arithmetic).

Paper 1 (arithmetic) is challenging but it has no audio and doesn't test time, weights or measures. The modern Mental Maths Test also doesn't force children to adhere to a strict timescale.

We encourage you to continue to use Mental Maths Tests Year 6 as they remain very valuable. They're a great Maths workout for children for 15 minutes of intense practise.

Don't confuse a "Mental Math Test" with "Mental Maths Test", that's a horrible Americanism that's best kept in the USA.

KS2 SATs Papers - SPaG

YearPaper 1 (Questions) Paper 2 (Spelling) Spelling Transcript Marking Scheme (Answers) Level Thresholds
2018
2017
2016
2016 (Sample)
2015
2014
2013
2013 (Sample)
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003

Year 6 SATs papers in SPaG are two separate papers - Paper 1 (Questions) and Paper 2 (Spelling).

SATs past papers KS2 in SPaG prior to 2013 only had a spelling test. For today's KS2 SATs papers, SPaG has two papers - Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 is out of 50 marks and lasts 45 minutes. Paper 2 is an audible spelling test that contains 20 questions and lasts around 15 minutes. As with the Maths SATs KS2 papers, the marks are added together for their final mark.

KS2 Science SATs

YearPaper 1 Paper 2 Marking Scheme (Answers) Level Thresholds
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003

About KS2 Science SATs

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. A biennial pupil-level sampling system was introduced in 2014 and hence in 2017 there will be no test, the next will take place in 2018. A sample of approximately 9500 children will be randomly selected (based on 5 children from 1900 schools).

Once instructed, children will sit the test within a two week window from Monday 4th June 2018 and it will consist of three separate papers (Biology, Chemistry and Physice). Each will take no longer than 25 minutes to complete. Schools that are selected will be required to participate, it is not optional. This requirement to participate (as well as the separate papers split by scientific subject) man make the KS2 Science SATs seem very intimidating. There's no need to worry though as your child will understand the questions, it will never reflect directly on them and the randomisation ensures that no individual school or child can be subsequently identified.

KS2 SATs

What are KS2 SATs?

KS2 SATs (also known as Key Stage 2 SATs) are tests children take at the end of Year 6. Key Stage 2 SATs test children on what they have learnt between Year 3 and Year 6.

KS2 SATs are mandatory tests from the National Curriculum assessment programme. All state schools in England are required to provide the tests.

KS2 SATs
KS2 SATs Explained

What tests are there in KS2 SATs?

The KS2 SATs are split into tests children take in the classroom and the exam room.

English Reading, SPaG and Maths tests are taken in the exam room (under formal exam conditions). English writing and Science KS2 SATs are taken in an informal classroom test called a "teacher assessment".

What KS2 SATs exams will my child take?

As already mentioned, your child will take KS2 SATs in English Reading, SPaG and Maths.

The English Reading SATs test is a typical reading comprehension assessment. It's a single KS2 SATs paper that's worth 50 marks and children have 60 minutes to complete it.

The SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar) assessment is two individual tests: 

  • Paper 1 contains around 45  questions on KS2 SPaG topics. The test is worth 50 marks and children have 45 minutes to complete it.
  • Paper 2 is a spelling test that's read out by their teacher. This test is worth 20 marks and typically takes 10-20 minutes to complete.

Both SPaG tests are normally taken on the same day.

The Maths assessments are spread over three separate KS2 SATs tests:

  • Paper 1 (arithmetic) contains calculation-based questions and is worth 40 marks. Children have 30 minutes to complete it.
  • Paper 2 and Paper 3 are both "reasoning" papers and each total 35 marks. Children have 40 minutes to complete each paper.

The three Maths KS2 SATs are taken over two days.

History of KS2 SATs

KS2 SATs (Standard Assessment Tests) were introduced in 1995.

Since then, KS2 SATs have broadly remained the same with English, Maths and Science all tested. However, the tests themselves have changed their structure numerous times.

For example, were you to have sat your Maths KS2 SATs in 2001 and been entered into a level 6 test, you could have potentially sat six individual KS2 SATs. Contrast this with 2009 where you would have only sat four KS2 SATs.

In 2009 it was decided that KS2 Science SATs would no longer be externally examined and would instead become "teacher assessments". In 2010 this was expanded to include the KS2 English Writing KS2 SATs.

With the advent of the new curriculum in 2014, the 2014-2015 academic year was the final year of the "old-style" KS2 SATs and a new format was announced for the 2015-2016 academic year.

For 2016, there were no optional Level 6 KS2 SATs papers. Instead, the "higher ability" or "100+" questions were incorporated into the standard KS2 SATs.

Children taking their KS2 SATs papers
Download KS2 SATs papers to help prepare your child

About KS2 SATs Papers

KS2 SATs papers is the contracted form of "Key Stage 2 SATs papers".

KS2 SATs papers (or SATs papers KS2) are formal exams, taken by children in Year 6. As such, plenty of teachers refer to them as Year 6 SATs papers or simply Year 6 SATs.

Every KS2 SATs paper is a "sit down, written" exam. As such we would recommend avoiding online KS2 SATs papers. Only by printing past SATs papers KS2 will children feel prepared for their Year 6 SATs.

Children taking their KS2 SATs papers
Help your child feel prepared for their Year 6 SATs

Year 6 SATs papers have changed slightly over the years but still remain useful to children. Some topics have been added or removed but the fundementals are still in every past KS2 SATs paper. In fact, giving your child past SATs papers KS2 before their tests is the best way to prepare them.

The 2014 SATs papers featured a slightly tweaked English Reading assessment and banned calculators for all Maths tests. The 2015 SATs papers was the last year for "levels" and audible Mental Maths tests. The 2016 SATs were the first modern "new structure" SATs papers for the new national curriculum.

The 2017 SATs and 2018 SATs have added a further two sets of KS2 SATs papers for children to practise with.

Do not confuse SATs papers KS2 with "SAT papers", "SAT papers KS2" or "Year 6 SAT papers". These are different tests (pronounced "S.A.Ts") that take place in the USA and deal with critical thinking.

Since starting as "free past papers" (and later "satspapers") we have offered Year 6 SATs past papers to millions. Other websites (like emaths ks2, testbase ks2 and satspapers org ks2) have tried and failed to compete.  Thank you for your support! 

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