Key Stage 2 SATs are back in 2022: A Guide for Parents

Published: 26 Mar 22
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Key Stage 2 SATs are back for 2022

At the end of Key Stage 2, in Year 6, pupils take National Curriculum tests, also known as SATs. SATs stands for Scholastic Aptitude Test or Scholastic Assessment Test. These were cancelled for the past 2 years due to the coronavirus pandemic, but are scheduled to go ahead from Monday 09 May to Thursday 12 May 2022.

SATs test the new National Primary Curriculum, which has been taught in schools since 2014.  Academies, Private Schools and Free Schools are not required to teach the National Curriculum but must still administer SATs tests if their funding agreements require them to follow the KS2 assessment and reporting arrangements.

What is the timetable?

Monday 09 May 2022 and Tuesday 10 May 2022
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling
English reading

Wednesday 11 May 2022
Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic 
Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning

Thursday 12 May 2022
Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning

How and when will pupils receive results?

Test results will be available to schools on Tuesday, 5 July 2022.

For each pupil registered for the tests, schools will receive:

  • A raw score
  • A scaled score
  • Confirmation of whether or not they reached the expected standard

What is a scaled score?

Pupils results are reported as scaled scores. These help test results to be reported consistently from one year to the next, as the difficulty of the test may vary slightly between years. Scaled scores are based on raw scores, translated into a scaled score using a conversion table. A scaled score of 100 always represents the expected standard. Pupils' scores can range between 80 and 120.

These tests are set and marked externally, and the results are used to measure the school's performance (for example, through reporting to Ofsted and published league tables). Your child’s marks are used, in conjunction with their teacher's assessment, to give a broad picture of their levels of attainment

What are pupils tested on?


The grammar, punctuation and spelling test consists of two parts: a grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes, and an aural spelling test of 20 words, lasting around 15 minutes. The grammar and punctuation test includes two sub-types of questions:

  • Selected response, e.g. ‘Identify the adjectives in the sentence below.’ 
  • Constructed response, e.g. ‘Correct/complete/rewrite the sentence below,’ or, ‘The sentence below has an apostrophe missing. Explain why it needs an apostrophe.’ 


The reading test is one single paper, with questions based on three text passages. Your child will have one hour to complete the test, including reading time. There are a selection of question types, including

  • Ranking/ordering, e.g. ‘Number the events below to show the order in which they happen in the story.’ 
  • Labelling, e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title of the story.’ 
  • Find and copy, e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that suggests what the weather is like in the story.’ 
  • Short constructed response, e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’ 
  • Open-ended response, e.g. ‘Look at the sentence that begins Once upon a time. How does the writer increase the tension throughout this paragraph? Explain fully, referring to the text in your answer.’


Children sit three papers in maths:

  • Paper 1: arithmetic, 30 minutes 
  • Papers 2 and 3: reasoning, 40 minutes per paper 

Paper 1 consists of fixed response questions, where children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including long multiplication and division. Papers 2 and 3 will involve a number of question types, including

  • Multiple choice
  • True or false
  • Constrained questions, e.g. giving the answer to a calculation, drawing a shape or completing a table or chart
  • Less constrained questions, where children will have to explain their approach for solving a problem

Teachers To Your Home provides SATs Tutors who are all fully-qualified and experienced Primary Teachers; subject-specialists, professional, energetic and up-to-date with the current demands of a changing Primary Curriculum and the requirements for Year 2 KS1 and Year 6 KS2 SATs Examinations. Lessons are taught at your home and are scheduled at your convenience, whether weekdays, evenings or weekends. If you are considering tuition for your child and would welcome some further facts, professional advice or teaching support, please feel free to speak with us on 03300 580908. Our offices are open from 9 am until 7 pm each weekday and from 10 am until 2 pm on Saturday

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