National Curriculum assessment usually refers to the statutory assessments carried out in primary schools in England, colloquially known as SATs. The assessments are made up of a combination of testing and teacher assessment judgements, and are used in all government-funded primary schools in England to assess the attainment of pupils against the programmes of study of the National Curriculum at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2, when most pupils are aged 7 and 11 respectively. You can download Official 2016 Key Stage 2 SATs Sample Test English and Mathematics for practice at the end of the article.
National Curriculum Assessments are now carried out only at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2. At both key stages the process includes a combination of tests and teacher assessment judgements. The first round of assessments in the new model was undertaken in 2016.
Key Stage 2
During May of Year 6, the final year of Key Stage 2, children in state-funded schools (and independent schools if they so choose) undertake three National Curriculum Tests: reading; Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling;and Mathematics.
Writing is assessed solely based on teacher judgement against the assessment framework, following the recommendations of the 2011 Bew Review Science tests are taken biennially by a selected sample of pupils to monitor national performance in science; the results of these tests are not reported to schools or parents.
In addition to the tests, teachers are required to provide teacher assessments in the core subject areas of Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Science. As at Key Stage 1, these judgements are based on a framework of descriptors, for which a child must meet all requirements to be awarded the band grade.
The judgements available at Key Stage 2 differ for the subjects because of the different roles played. Writing has most available judgements as it is part of the statutory accountability judgement. Reading and Mathematics have fewer judgements as the statutory focus is on the test scores. Science has only one available judgement, as at Key Stage 1.
You can read, download and practice with the Official 2016 Key Stage 2 SATs Sample Test English and Mathematics below. If you have difficulties to download the files, you can read the guide at here How to find and download resources or How to download all files in one zip file.