- English Reading
- English Grammar
- Punctuation and Spelling
- Science (sampling test every other year)
ENGLISH READINGYour child will need to complete a Key Stage 2 English Reading SAT. What does the paper consist of? For the English Reading SAT, your child will need to complete a single paper which contains questions based on three passages. How long does the paper take? Your child will be given 1 hour to complete the test, and this includes:
- Reading time
- Answering the questions
- Short constructed responses – picking out bits of information from the passage in order to answer the question.
- Ranking and ordering – questions may ask you to rank the events according to when they happened in the passage.
- Open-ended responses – questions that ask you to explain your answers using the passage as guidance.
ENGLISH GRAMMARYour child will need to complete a Key Stage 2 English Grammar SAT exam. What does the paper consist of? For the English Grammar SAT, the test will consist of two parts: a grammar and punctuation paper and an aural spelling test. How long does the paper take? For the grammar and punctuation paper, your child will be given 45 minutes. For the aural spelling test, your child will have approximately 15 minutes to complete the assessment. What will the questions look like? For the grammar and punctuation paper, it will contain questions based on the following:
- Identification – being able to identify or pick out key words from the sentence. This includes being able to distinguish between adjectives, nouns, verbs etc.
- Constructed responses – the ability to correct or rewrite a sentence in order for the sentence to be grammatically correct.
MATHSYour child will need to complete a Key Stage 2 Maths SAT exam. What does the paper consist of? For the Maths SAT, the test will consist of three papers:
- Paper 1 – arithmetic
- Papers 2 and 3 – reasoning
- True of false questions
- Multiple choice questions
- Drawing shapes or completing diagrams
- Explaining how they reached their answers
SCIENCENot all children completing the SATs will sit a Science exam. A selection of schools will be required to partake in a science sampling, every other year. The sample selected is thought to be representation of Key Stage 2 as a whole. What does the paper consist of? If your child does need to sit the KS2 Science SAT, the test will consist of the following:
- Solids, liquids and gases
- Energy forces
- Sound and light
GOLDEN NUGGET 2 – Understanding the best way your child learnsThere are loads of different ways to revise when it comes to exams, and it all comes down to picking a way that your child will find most useful. Below is a list of the common learning styles that you may want to try with your child:
- Visual – use of pictures and images to remember information.
- Aural – the use of sound and music to remember information.
- Verbal – the use of words, in both speech and writing, to understand information.
- Social – working together in groups.
- Solitary – working and studying alone.
GOLDEN NUGGET 3 – Break timesAllow your child plenty of breaks when revising. It’s really important not to overwork your child, particularly for tests such as the SAT which are not marked on a pass or fail basis.
GOLDEN NUGGET 4 – Practice, practice and more practice!Purchase past practice papers. Although the curriculum will have changed for 2016, practice papers are still a fantastic way for you to gain an idea of how your child is likely to be tested.
GOLDEN NUGGET 5 – Stay positive!The most important piece of preparation advice we can give you is to make sure that your child is positive and relaxed about these tests. Don’t let the SATs worry you, and certainly don’t let it worry your child.