Key Stage 2
What are Key Stage 2 SATs?
Schools are required to administer the following levels 3-5 tests:
English reading, English grammar, punctuation and spelling.
The English grammar, punctuation and spelling test at levels 3-5 has two components, worth a total of 70 marks:
a booklet of short-answer questions (Paper 1) and
a spelling task(Paper 2).
Paper 1, the short-answer questions, consists of between 40 and 50 questions assessing grammar, punctuation and vocabulary. Each question is worth one or two marks with a total for the paper of 50 marks. The questions are:
selected response items (such as multiple choice questions) or
short, open response items, in which children may have to write a word, a few words or a sentence.
Paper 2, the spelling task, consists of 20 sentences, which are read aloud by the test administrator. Each sentence has a word missing which the child must complete. The task is worth a total of 20 marks.
Schools may also choose to administer level 6 versions of these tests. The level 6 test consists of three components, worth a total of 50 marks:
an extended task,
a booklet of short-answer questions,
a spelling task.
The English reading test booklet will contain three or four texts. The least demanding text will come first with the following texts increasing in level of difficulty.
Instead of being given 15 minutes reading time and 45 minutes to answer the questions, children will have a total of one hour to read the texts and complete the questions at their own pace.
The reading answer booklet will comprise approximately 35 to 40 questions (totalling 50 marks). The questions are:
shorter, closed response items (such as multiple choice and matching questions);
shorter, open response items; and
longer, open response items that require children to explain and comment on the texts in order to demonstrate a full understanding.
Questions are worth 1, 2 or 3 marks.