Information for parents:

2018 national curriculum tests at the end of key stages 1 and 2


Key stage 1 tests – Year 2 pupils

Your child’s teacher is responsible for judging the standards your child is working at in English, maths and science, by the end of key stage 1. To help inform those judgements, pupils sit national curriculum tests in English and maths, commonly called SATs. They may also sit an optional test in English grammar, punctuation and spelling.


The tests are a tool for teachers to help them measure your child’s performance and identify their needs as they move into key stage 2. They also allow teachers to see how your child is performing against national expected standards.


The tests can be taken any time during May and they are not strictly timed. Pupils may not even know they are taking them as many teachers will incorporate them into everyday classroom activities.


Test Paper

English Reading

Short text and questions

Long text with separate questions



Mathematical reasoning

English grammar, punctuation and spelling (optional test)


Punctuation and grammar

(including vocabulary)


Teachers will use the results from these tests, along with the work your child has done throughout the year, to help them reach their own judgements about how your child is progressing at the end of key stage 1.


These teacher assessment judgements will be reported to you by the end of the summer term.


Key stage 2 tests – Year 6 pupils

If you have a child in year 6, at the end of key stage 2, they will take national curriculum tests in English reading, English grammar, punctuation and spelling and mathematics.

The tests help measure the progress pupils have made and identify if they need additional support in a certain area. The tests are also used to assess schools’ performance and to produce national performance data.


The key stage 2 tests will be taken on set dates unless your child is absent, in which case they may be able to take them up to 5 school days afterwards.


Test Paper

English grammar,

punctuation and spelling


Punctuation and grammar (including vocabulary)

English reading

English reading



Mathematical reasoning


At the end of the summer term you should receive test results for:

  • English grammar, punctuation and spelling

  • English reading

  • Mathematics


Teacher assessment


As there is no test for English writing, this will be reported as a teacher assessment judgement. This is a judgement teachers will make, based on your child’s work at the end of key stage 2. You will also receive teacher assessment judgements for English reading, Mathematics and Science.


How can you help your child to prepare?

Teachers will make sure all pupils in their class are prepared for the tests. There’s nothing specifically test-related that you should do to prepare your child.


You should follow the general advice teachers give about supporting your child’s education throughout the year.


What do the tests look like?


You can look at past papers by clicking here or searching online at

Further information


Your child’s teacher will be able to answer any questions you may have about the tests and teacher assessment judgements.


For more details you can visit or watch our short videos for parents about the tests at key stage 1 and key stage 2.