SATs don't have to be trying. With the right preparation, your child will understand what is expected of them and what they have to do. Get a head start with these free SATs papers available to you now.
Which free SATs papers are available to me for KS1?
The 2016 and 2017 KS1 SATs papers are available for free download from TheSchoolRun: KS1 English SATs 2016 and KS1 Maths SATs 2016; KS1 English SATs 2017 and KS1 Maths SATs 2017. These papers mirror the new curriculum and this is the format KS1 SATs have followed since 2016.
TheSchoolRun has also produced five new-style KS1 SATs practice papers for subscribers.
"Old-style" SATs assessment used in schools until May 2015 are also available: KS1 English 2003 and 2004 and KS1 maths 2003 and 2004 papers are available for free download.
Why aren't there more KS1 papers available to parents?
The new KS1 SATs were introduced in 2016, so there aren't many past papers available yet!
Before 2016, new KS1 papers weren't developed every year. New papers were written in 2007 and 2009, but they were still used for testing children in UK schools until May 2015 so they are not available online.
If you're looking for more SATs resources for your Year 2 child, TheSchoolRun has commissioned KS1 SATs practice papers, written by a primary school teacher and exclusive to TheSchoolRun subscribers, which you can use to help your child prepare for the tests.
We also offer a KS1 SATs Learning Journey, a collection of fun revision worksheets and activities for maths and English.
For details of what is tested in the Y2 assessments read our guides to KS1 maths SATs and KS1 English SATs.
For an overview of KS1 SATs read our parents' guide, Your KS1 SATs questions answered.
Details of the new-style KS1 SATs assessment are available in our article KS1 SATs: what parents need to know.
On 14 September 2017 the Department for Education announced that the KS1 SATs will be made non-statutory (so schools will be able to choose whether to adminster them or not) from 2023. Until then children will continue to be assessed in May during Year 2.
Which free SATS papers are available to me for KS2?
What help and advice does TheSchoolRun have about SATs?
Getting through SATs isn't just about practising past papers, it's about supporting and encouraging your child in the run up to SATs and then coping with the cool-down period after.
So, we have articles with all the information about SATs you’ll need, from memory skills and revision to problem solving and how to use an English SATs past paper or a KS2 maths SATs practice paper; just check out our bank of great SATs articles.
We also keep parents up to date with the changes in SATs testing (particularly at KS2); get a snapshot of how the 2018 KS2 SATs will work, including the new KS2 Grammar, punctuation and spelling test, with our update. Practice materials to help your child prepare for the new 'SPAG' test are available exclusively to TheSchoolRun subscribers.
Don't forget, there are hundreds more free educational downloads, worksheets and ‘printables’ available to you on the site to help you support your child's learning at primary school and revise for SATs. And in our subscribers' area, you’ll find extra resources to help with exam preparation.
Optional SATs in Y3, Y4 and Y5
Some children sit "optional" SATs at the end of Y3, Y4 and Y5 to help their teacher assess their progress in the school year. For more information about optional SATs, and to download past papers for optional English SATs and optional maths SATs, read our parents' guide, Optional SATs explained.
KS1 and KS2 SATs preparation and papers for the Year 2 and Year 6 tests
What are optional SATs?
Optional SATs are tests that can be taken near the end of school years 3, 4 and 5: the years in which children don’t have to sit proper SATs. There are two sets of papers available to parents, which were developed by the QCA and released in 2003 and 2006. There are tests in maths and English (reading and writing).
Do all schools do optional SATs?
All schools have to assess children’s progress at the end of the year. In the past, many used the QCA past papers. However, because the national curriculum changed in 2014, and new SATs are to be introduced in 2016, these papers are now outdated. Many schools will be using new optional SATs testing arrangements to mirror the new curriculum and the new primary grading system from summer 2015. Other schools will write their own tests based on the SATs rubric, while others will use ongoing teacher assessment, such as observation and classwork, to gauge progress.
What’s the point of the tests, if they’re optional?
There are several reasons why schools use optional SATs. ‘The main benefit is to inform teachers’ assessment of how pupils are progressing,’ explains Year 6 teacher Bethan. ‘They are used to track their progression, and to guide target-setting for the following year.’ Schools are obliged by Ofsted to show how students are progressing, and SATs can be useful in validating teachers’ own assessments.
The SATs can help to identify children who are not progressing at the expected rate, so that teachers can offer extra support where it’s needed.
They can also help to familiarise children with the format of SATs, and with the experience of taking a formal exam. ‘Children are given the correct amount of time, and sit the tests under exam conditions, in silence,’ says Y5 teacher Stacey. This prepares them for the proper KS2 SATs at the end of Year 6, and allows teachers to coach children who have difficulty with exam techniques.
Are parents given the optional SATs results?
Optional SATs are usually marked internally, although some schools send the papers to an external marker. The papers are marked in line with new primary-school grading system.
Some schools give parents the results from the SATs themselves, but it’s more common for them to give a combined level based on the SATs results and teacher assessment together. ‘Our end of year assessments incorporate a range of results,’ says Year 3 teacher Amanda. ‘We recognise that some children don’t perform well under exam conditions, so we use a variety of assessments, and the SATs marks wouldn’t be given to parents as a standalone result unless they specifically asked.’ Usually, if there is a discrepancy in the results, the teacher assessment will be used.
Do we need to prepare at home?
There’s nothing specific that you need to do at home to prepare your child for optional SATs. ‘Everything they need to know gets covered within the school year,’ says Stacey. ‘All you really need to do is support your child with homework and reading and practise tables with them.’
To help your child at home with maths and English in Y3-Y5 look through our year-specific learning journeys; you can also find details of what your child learns in numeracy and literacy lessons in primary school in our guides.
Download free optional SATs past papers for Y3, Y4 and Y5
If you'd like to look through an optional SATs past paper for your child's year group, the 2003 and 2006 official papers used in schools are available for parents.
TheSchoolRun subscribers can also access our exclusive "mock" optional SATs, practice papers written to mirror the format of the official papers. Bear in mind that the past papers and mock tests are all intended as practice for the old-style optional SATs taken before 2015. The format and content of the new optional SATs will differ, but the old papers can still be used to help your child get used to taking exams.
Look through all the optional SATs papers available to download on our listings page.