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Y2 SATs 2019 - Information for parents

If your child is in Y2 they will sit their Y2 SATs in May this year. Please read the following information:


The KS1 SATs will be carried out in May 2019.

Unlike KS2 SATs, KS1 SATs don't have to follow the nationally-set timetable in a specific week. Schools are free to manage the timetable throughout the month of May and we will administer the tests in the classroom in a low-stress, low-key way; some children won't even be aware they've taken them!


At the end of Year 2, children take SATs in:

  • Reading
  • English grammar, punctuation and spelling (optional paper, schools can decide whether to use it)
  • Maths


Reading tests

The new reading test for Year 2 pupils is made up of two separate papers:

  • Paper 1 consists of a selection of texts with between 400 and 700 words. These are split up with questions at the end of each section
  • Paper 2 comprises a reading booklet of a selection of passages with between 800 and 1100 words. Children will write their answers in a separate booklet


Each paper is worth 50% of the marks, and should take around 30 minutes, but children will not be strictly timed, as the tests are not intended to assess children’s ability to work at speed. The texts in the reading papers cover a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and get more difficult towards the end of the test.

There are a variety of question types:

  • Multiple choice
  • Ranking/ordering, e.g. ‘Number the events below to show in which order they happened in the story’
  • Matching, e.g. ‘Match the character to the job that they do in the story’
  • Labelling, e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title’
  • Find and copy, e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that shows what the weather was like in the story’
  • Short answer, e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’
  • Open-ended answer, e.g. ‘Why did Lucy write the letter to her grandmother? Give two reasons’


Maths tests

The new Key Stage 1 maths test is made up of two papers:

  • Paper 1: arithmetic, worth 25 marks and taking around 15 minutes.
  • Paper 2: mathematical fluency, problem-solving and reasoning, worth 35 marks and taking 35 minutes, with a break if necessary. There are a variety of question types: multiple choice, matching, true/false, constrained (e.g. completing a chart or table; drawing a shape) and less constrained (e.g. where children have to show or explain their method).


Children are not allowed to use any tools such as calculators or number lines to help them.


Spelling, punctuation and grammar tests

Children taking Key Stage 1 SATs may also sit two separate papers in grammar, spelling and punctuation:

  • Paper 1: a 20-word spelling test taking approximately 15 minutes and worth 20 marks.
  • Paper 2: a grammar, punctuation and vocabulary test, in two sections of around 10 minutes each (with a break between, if necessary), worth 20 marks. This will involve a mixture of selecting the right answers e.g. through multiple choice, and writing short answers.


Other national curriculum subjects, including English writing, speaking and listeningscience and computing, will be assessed by your child's teacher based on their work throughout the year.


Teacher assessments are also used to build up a picture of your child’s learning and achievements. In addition, your child will receive an overall result saying whether they have achieved the required standard in the tests.


Y2 SATs 2018 information for parents