Level 6 SATs Papers

Level 6 SATs papers were a separate, optional test for children in Year 6. Level 6 SATs stopped in 2015.

We have all Level 6 Maths, Level 6 SPaG and Level 6 Reading for you to download for free.

Level 6 Maths

Selected children took Level 6 Maths papers between 2011 and 2015. These challenging tests were written for higher ability children.

Level 6 Maths papers had more topics than the standard assessment papers. Level 6 Maths questions included algebra, advanced probability and more complex ratios.

Whilst no longer taken, Level 6 Maths papers remain useful for gifted and talented pupils. The challenge and variety of Level 6 Maths questions are superb for these children.

Level 6 SPaG Test

YearPaper 1 (Questions) Paper 2 (Spelling) Spelling Transcript Extended Task Marking Scheme (Answers)
2015
2014
2013
2012

The Level 6 SPaG Test was a set of separate Level 6 SATs papers. These Level 6 SATs papers were optional and only taken by higher ability children.

Level 6 SPaG had more complex short-answer questions than the standard tests. The spellings in the Level 6 SPaG test were also harder.

Since 2016, the standard SPaG test is significantly harder with more topics included. We recommend using past Level 6 SPaG tests because they include these new topics. Indeed, what was in the SATs Level 6 for SPaG is currently used in the KS2 SATs.

Level 6 Reading

YearReading Stimulus Reading Answer Booklet Marking Scheme (Answers) Level Thresholds
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011

Level 6 Reading was an optional and more challenging test for children in Year 6. These Level 6 Reading comprehension tests were written for higher ability children.

Level 6 Reading texts and questions were more complicated than standard tests. There were fewer fact-retrieval questions and more inference and intent questions.

Level 6 Reading tests remain useful for gifted and talented pupils.

Children taking their Level 6 SATs papers
Level 6 Maths was especially challenging for Year 6 pupils

About Level 6 SATs Papers

Level 6 SATs papers were a set of optional tests for higher ability children that ended in 2015. Unlike the standard tests, Level 6 SATs were a "pass or fail" style of assessment.

The Level 6 SATs were popular with schools because their success rate was not published. Hence teachers and children had nothing to lose from having a go.

Level 6 Maths SATs papers (or Level 6 Maths tests) had several topics that were not covered in the curriculum. These Level 6 Maths questions included advanced algebra, rotation and transformation. Two papers existed but there was little difference between each Level 6 Maths paper.

Level 6 English was split into Level 6 SPaG and Level 6 Reading. Both of these tests were more complex versions of the standard KS2 tests.

Children taking their Level 6 SATs papers
Level 6 SATs Papers remain useful for higher ability children

Level 6 SATs papers were phased out because of the new curriculum changes. Instead of a separate test, advanced questions are now incorporated into the papers everyone takes. This has led to plenty of criticism with pupils unable to answer every question. Thankfully, the results normalisation ensures that this does not reflect poorly on children. Or in other words, children should not be worrying about Level 6 Maths revision!

Whilst no longer set, Level 6 SATs are superb practice for talented children. Remember, what's in the current KS2 SPaG papers is in past SATs Level 6. However, Level 6 Maths questions on probability should be ignored as it is no longer in the curriculum.

Since 2011 we have offered free Level 6 SATs papers to millions of parents and teachers. Other websites (like emaths level 6) have tried and failed to compete.  Thank you for your support!  

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