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SATs Information 2020

The Year 6 KS2 SATs will be administered in the week commencing 11 May 2020. The timetable is as follows:


Monday 11 May 2020 and Tuesday 12 May 2020 
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions 
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling 
English reading


Wednesday 13 May 2020 
Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic 
Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning


Thursday 14 May 2020 
Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning

More rigorous SATs test the new National Primary Curriculum, which has been taught in schools since 2014.  (SATs stands for Scholastic Aptitude Test or Scholastic Assessment Test) 


SATs tests have been designed to give a measure of attainment in three subjects areas: 

  • reading 
  • maths 
  • spelling, punctuation and grammar


These tests are set and marked externally, and the results are used to measure the school’s performance (for example, through reporting to Ofsted and published league tables). Your child’s marks are used, in conjunction with their teacher's assessment, to give a broad picture of their levels of attainment.




A standardised score of 100+ is equivalent to meeting the expected standard at the end of Year 6 and a score of 110+ is equivalent to working above the expected standard. 



The reading test is a single paper with questions based on three passages of text. Your child will have one hour, including reading time, to complete the test. There are a selection of question types, including:

  • Ranking/ordering, e.g. ‘Number the events below to show the order in which they happen in the story’ 
  • Labelling, e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title of the story’ 
  • Find and copy, e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that suggests what the weather is like in the story’ 
  • Short constructed response, e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’ 
  • Open-ended response, e.g. ‘Look at the sentence that begins Once upon a time. How does the writer increase the tension throughout this paragraph? Explain fully, referring to the text in your answer.’



The grammar, punctuation and spelling test consists of two parts: a grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes, and an aural spelling test of 20 words, lasting around 15 minutes. The grammar and punctuation test includes two sub-types of questions:

  • Selected response, e.g. ‘Identify the adjectives in the sentence below’ 
  • Constructed response, e.g. ‘Correct/complete/rewrite the sentence below,’ or, ‘The sentence below has an apostrophe missing. Explain why it needs an apostrophe.’ 



Children sit three papers in maths:

  • Paper 1: arithmetic, 30 minutes 
  • Papers 2 and 3: reasoning, 40 minutes per paper 


Paper 1 consists of fixed response questions, where children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including long multiplication and division. Papers 2 and 3 will involve a number of question types and require the children to work out what they have to do in order to solve the problems. These are in the for of word problems and cover all topics including shape, space and measures as well as statistics. Question types include:

  • Multiple choice 
  • True or false 
  • Constrained questions, e.g. giving the answer to a calculation, drawing a shape or completing a table or chart 
  • Less constrained questions, where children will have to explain their approach for solving a problem