2016 sees the introduction of new SATS papers that bring testing in line with recent 2014 changes to the national curriculum. The tests are significantly different from previous years.

KS1 Tests will take place in May (each school may decide the exact date) and will incorporate:

  • Reading
  • Grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • Maths


The reading test will consist of 2 separate papers that both take around 30 minutes. The passages in these papers will be a combination of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Unlike other formal assessments, time will not be limited.

The second test is more challenging and although all pupils will be given the opportunity to complete it, teachers may take the decision to stop the test for individual children if they feel that it is too difficult or stressful for them.

Question types will vary and will use the following formats:

Question Type Example
Multiple Choice What is Lucy looking for in the story? Tick one of the boxes below
Ranking / ordering Number the events below to show the order in which they happen in the story
Matching Match the character to what they do in the story.
Labelling Label the text to show the title…
Find and copy Find and copy one word that shows…
Short response What does the bear eat?
Open-ended response Why did Lucy write the letter to her grandmother? Give two reasons.


Grammar, spelling and punctuation

Again, children will sit two separate papers.

Paper 1 is a 20 word-spelling test and will take around 15 minutes
Paper 2 is a grammar punctuation and vocabulary test with 2 sections of around 10 minutes each. (Calculators are not permitted in either test).


The Maths paper will also consist of 2 papers.

Paper 1 is an arithmetic test and will take around 15 minutes
Paper 2 is based more around problem solving and reasoning. Question types will vary and may include multiple choice, shape identification and drawing, completing charts and true / false questions.


Papers are marked by teachers and results may be communicated as both raw scores and as scaled scores and parents will be informed as to whether their child achieved the national standard.


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