What Are UK SAT Tests?

SAT stands for “Standard Attainment Tests”

The SAT’s are used in all state primary schools in England to assess pupils against the National Curriculum at the end of Key Stage One (pupils typically aged 7) and Key Stage Two (pupils typically aged 11).

Note that although not compulsory for independent / private schools, many do participate in the scheme.

SAT’s for KS1

SAT’s at end of KS1 are formed of two parts – the tests themselves and the teacher’s assessment. It is important to realise that the SAT test results are to support the teacher’s judgement.

The teacher’s judgements are for Maths, Science, Reading and Writing and it is worth noting that there is no Science SAT test.

SAT’s for KS2

During Year 6, pupils take the KS2 SAT’s which cover Maths and Reading (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling) – note that Writing is based on the teacher’s judgement. For Maths, each pupil is assessed into one of these bands;

Working at the Expected Standard (Above Expected, or Expected Standard)

Has Not Met the Expected Standard (Below Expected)

Growing Development of the Expected Standard (Below Expected)

Early Development of the Expected Standard (Below Expected)

Foundations for the Expected Standard (Below Expected)

Below the Standard of the pre-Key Stage (Below Expected)

How are SAT Papers Marked?

KS1 SAT’s are marked by the teachers. However, KS2 SAT’s are marked externally and the results should be back with the school around July.

SAT’s Scores and Standards

The results are in three forms;

RAW Score – the actual number of marks a pupil achieves

SCALED Score – scaled from the raw score

EXPECTED STANDARD – a scaled score of 100 or more means the pupil has achieved the expected standard, whereas a score below 100 means the pupil has not achieved the expected standard

What’s the Best Way to Study for SAT’s?

SAT’s are about understanding the fundamentals and being able to reproduce methods and working out in the test.

What are SAT’s Important?

SAT’s are important feedback to the National Curriculum. There are, however, a number of critics of the SAT tests including teachers. For example see this article in the Independent.

What Can I Do Now to Help Prepare my Child for the UK SAT’s?

SAT’s are not intended to “catch pupils out”, so at Key Stage Maths we recommend a simple approach of targeted repetition. For example, if your child is having trouble with Number and Place Value, try this worksheet which focusses over 170 questions on this particular subject.

Remember – Practice and Repetition are King!


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