If you have a child at primary school in England, you’re probably aware of SATs.
We’ll look at the exams at each level and provide advice on the best way to prepare for them.
SATS stand for Standard Assessment Tests.
SATS are administered by primary schools that measure children’s educational achievement in years 2 and 6,
with the ultimate aim of holding schools to account for the attainment of their pupils and the progress they make.
Key Stage 1 SATS will be sat by Year 2 pupils and Key Stage 2 SATs will be sat by Year 6 pupils.
The setting and marking of SATs are carried out in UK schools by the Standards & Testing Agency.
Standards & Testing
Children will sit their KS1 SATs in:
Children will sit their KS2 SATs in:
SATs are an indicator of the progress your child has made at school so far.
They are not a measure of whether your child is passing or failing; they simply show what level your child is currently working to.
Scores are given on a scale of 80 to 120 - with a score of 100 or more meaning a pupil is meeting the expected governmental standard
Key stage 1 SATS are marked by teachers within the school; key stage 2 SATS are sent away to be marked externally.
Secondary schools are told their incoming pupils’ scaled scores.
Many secondary schools use these to help with setting and streaming, as well as working out how to best teach their new cohort of year 7s.
But secondary schools are mindful that SATS only measure ability in English and Maths (and only certain fragments of those subjects)
and consequently most do their own tests on year 7s too.
For KS 1, you probably won’t get your child’s actual SATS score unless you ask for them, but you will be told whether your child is working at
the expected standard as part of their end of year report.
For KS 2, parents get their child’s scaled score towards the end of the summer term in July and are told whether or not they reached the expected level.
You will receive a report stating your child’s:
The government says SATS are not about passing or failing, but instead show the level your child is working to.
Critics say that not reaching the expected level equates to failure in many parents’ (and children’s) minds.
In 2017, almost 40% of primary school pupils did not meet the government's expected standard in KS 2 SATS.
SATS Practice Exam Papers
A lot of the skills that students need to do well in the test are taught in the classroom, but you can also do additional preparation at home to
make your child feel confident going into the exam, including: