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KS2 SATs 2023

The 2023 KS2 SATs will take place in the week commencing 8th May 2023. The tests will take place over four days.

Children in Year 6 (those aged 10-11) will take these tests in their normal school classrooms (in the UK). SATs papers will be taken in Maths, Reading and GaPS (Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling) under formal exam conditions. These papers will be marked externally whilst a separate teacher assessment is required for Writing. and Science.

2023 will be the seventh year of 'new-style' SATs tests under the new national curriculum.

To help prepare children for the 2023 KS2 SATs, you are able to download the 2022, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016 papers free of charge from Whilst not working to the same curriculum, KS2 SATs Papers from 2015 (and before) are still useful to aid preparation.

Timetable for 2023:

Year 6 KS2 SATs will be administered in the week commencing 8th May 2023. The timetable has been slightly revised to accommodate the Kings coronation:

Monday 8 May 2023 - Bank Holiday

Tuesday 9 May 2023
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling

Wednesday 10 May 2023
English reading

Thursday 11 May 2023
Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic
Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning

Friday 12 May 2023
Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning

Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.

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 will be 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 will include 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 will consist 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, including:

  • 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

House Keeping

During the year our Year 6 children will be working in small groups across the school. The rooms they are taught in are used during SATs week to ensure children have familiar surroundings. In addition two members of staff/school governors will be each room. Relaxation opportunities will be given before the test as well as a week of SATs' breakfasts.