Mental Maths Tests Year 6

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.

Mental Maths Tests Year 6

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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.

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