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Updated: Feb 5, 2021

What are the SATs?

If you have a child at primary school in England, you have most likely heard the term "SATs". The SATs are national tests in Reading and Maths that take place at the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) and at the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6). They are formal tests that children sit under exam conditions. Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) tests are optional in KS1 and compulsory in KS2.

When do the SATs take place?

SATS take place in May. KS1 SATs can be administered at any time during the month of May. KS2 SATs take place over the course of a week in May. The dates are decided by the Standards and Testing Agency.

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What do the SATs show? SATs are an indicator of the progress your child has made at school so far. They indicate whether your child is working above, below or at the expected standard. When do we find out their SATs results? In KS1, the SATs tests are marked internally and are used to inform teacher assessments.The teacher assessments will be reported through the end of year reports.

Once the KS2 SATs are complete, they will be sent away for external marking and children should receive their results towards the end of the summer term in July of Year 6, usually within their end of year report.

Within the report it will state the following:

Raw score – the actual number of marks they achieved in their SATs

Scaled score – a conversion score that allows results to be compared year-on-year

Expected standard – whether or not they have achieved the national standard

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