A parents’ guide to SATs

by Natalie
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Will your child be sitting their Year 6 SATs next year? If so, you’ll want to know as much information as you can about them, not only for your own peace of mind but also so that you can help prepare your child as much as possible.

An independent school in Hampstead have put together the following information for parents, to make SATs seem less daunting to all involved.

What are SATs?

During the summer term, when your child reaches the end of Year 6, they will be tested on Reading, Maths and SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar).

One of the main aims of these tests is to measure the school’s performance and ensure they are providing the best level of education to their students. They are also used to understand your child’s overall attainment.


Within the reading test, your child will have one hour to answer some questions based on three passages of text. Essentially, this test is designed to ensure the children understand what they have read.

There will be a range of different questions types, such as ranking certain events in the order in which they happened, or finding and copying words that describe how a character was feeling.


Children have one 30-minute arithmetic test and two 40-minute reasoning tests.

In the first test they will need to make calculations, whereas in the second and third tests they will have a variation of question types, including multiple choice.


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There are two parts to the SPAG test; a 45-minute grammar and punctuation paper, and a 15-minute aural spelling test.

The grammar and punctuation part of the test involves two sub-types of questions. Children will be asked to give a selected response, such as identifying nouns, and a constructed response, such as rewriting an incorrect sentence.

For more information on your child’s SATs or the curriculum in general, please don’t hesitate to speak to their teachers.

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Has your child done their SATs? How did they find them? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Hampstead Hill School.

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