The Key Stage 2 Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) are compulsory for all Year 6 students at state schools in England. They're used to assess your child’s knowledge of the Key Stage 2 national curriculum and gauge the quality of education across England’s schools.

The KS2 maths test is designed to test pupils’ knowledge and understanding of:

**Arithmetic:**confidence with the range of mathematical operations**Reasoning:**mathematical fluency, logic and problem-solving

The maths curriculum covers these eight key topics:

Number and place value

Calculations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division)

Fractions, decimals and percentages

Ratio and proportion

Algebra

Measurement

Geometry (properties of shapes, position and direction)

Statistics

There are three maths papers on the Year 6 SATs. All three are paper tests.

Thursday 11th May 2023

30 minutes

40 marks available

Thursday 11th May 2023

40 minutes

35 marks available

Friday 12th May 2023

40 minutes

35 marks available

The KS2 SATs maths exam requires pupils to format their answers differently, depending on the topic and question.

The arithmetic paper will require pupils to write their answers in free form (with space given for workings).

For both reasoning papers, pupils may need to fill in a grid or a graph, fill in answers free form, or tick the correct answer(s) from multiple-choice options. All questions will have plenty of space around them for pupils to write their workings.

There are 110 marks available across the three maths papers. Partial marks will be awarded for correct working where the final answer is wrong, but the pupil has used the formal method of working.

Your child’s raw score (out of 110) will be converted into a scaled score. This makes sure all pupils in the year group are tested on a consistent scale. The scaled score is adjusted for any differences in the difficulty of the test year on year.

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