Mental Maths Tests Year 6 * were *a separate KS2 SATs paper until 2015. Mental Maths Tests used

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

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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**.

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.

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