SATs – Test Content: English
Children are assessed across a range of skills.
The test is based upon a reading booklet. Children have 15
minutes to read this.
Children then have 45 minutes to answer questions in an
answer booklet. They can use the reading booklet at any point
in the test.
The children are not allowed to have any help whatsoever.
Children complete two pieces of writing. A shorter task lasting
20 minutes and a longer task lasting 45 minutes. These are
completed on the same day.
Both pieces are based on set tasks. These are the same for all
The shorter task assesses the children’s ability to write concisely
and clearly; the longer task assesses their ability to plan and
organise a sustained piece in an interesting way.
Children may have the tasks read to them but no more
assistance is allowed.
Assessed within the longer piece of writing
A short test where the children are required to spell 20 words.
These form part of a longer passage that the teacher will read
This is taken on the same day as the writing tests.
SATs – Test Content: Mathematics
Children are assessed across written and mental
Tests A and B:
Each test is 45 minutes long.
They cover the entire programme of study for Key
Children have access to mirrors, tracing paper and
They can have questions read to them at any point
in the test.
Test B allows a calculator to be used.
The test lasts approximately 20 minutes and is
delivered via an audio CD.
Children record answers on a prepared sheet - this
has important pieces of information on it for the
children to refer.
The time allowed to answer each question ranges
from 5 seconds to 15 seconds.
The test is taken on the same day as Maths test A