Year 6 SATs Past Papers
Find all KS2 Year 6 past SATs papers online, in one place – including the most recent SATs papers and also the older style SATs papers…
Download past SATs papers to help you revise
SATs tests take place in England in year 2 and in Year 6. The Year 6 SATs tests take place during the Month of May, with the tests spread out across SATs week. SATs Boot Camp has many resources to help children prepare for their Year 6 SATs tests. This page has links to all of the past Year 6 SATs papers, including Year 6 English SATs papers, Year 6 Maths SATs papers and Year 6 Science SATs papers. You can download these KS2 SATs papers for free, to help your child with their revision for the Year 6 SATs. We update these free SATs papers every year, making it easy for you to download SATs papers online.
Please note: it is most likely that children will go through past SATs practice papers with their teacher in class, whilst preparing for SATs.
There have been many changes to the SATs tests over the years, the most recent SATs changes being in 2016, with the tests updated to a new format. As of May 2016, the following Year 6 SATs tests take place:
- Spag – Spelling test
- Reading test
- Spag – Punctuation and Grammar short answers test
- Paper 1 – Arithmetic
- Paper 2 – Mathematical Reasoning
- Paper 3 – Mathematical Reasoning
- Year 6 Science SATs tests have been replaced with teacher assessments, and a random selection of schools are chosen each year to take a sampling Science test so that standards of science learning can be monitored.
Download past Year SATs papers for free
You can download Year 6 SATS past papers for free on SATs Boot Camp. We update our site every year with the Year 6 SATs papers as soon as they are available to be published.
On our past SATs papers pages you will find KS2 past SATs papers for all past years. You will most likely be looking to download papers since the new Year SATs papers came out in 2016. We recommend you focus on these papers to get your child ready for their Year 6 SATs:
Past Year 6 SATs papers 2016
Past Year 6 SATs papers 2017
Past Year 6 SATs papers 2018
Past Year 6 SATs papers 2019
Note: SATs did not take place in 2020 due to the Coronavirus Pandemic so there are no Past Year 6 SATs papers for 2020.
Don’t forget, these are all free SATs papers to download!
How have Year SATs papers changed over the years?
Key Stage 2 SATs for Year 6 children (and therefore the KS2 SATs papers) have changed quite a bit over the years. Before 2016 the tests were graded in levels with children expected to achieve a Level 4 by the end of primary school. There was also a Level 6 extra paper that could be taken by children that were expected to achieve a Level 6.
From 2016 onwards, SATs test papers still cover Reading, Maths and SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar), but the papers are no longer levelled and instead this has been replaced with Scaled SATs scores. The format of the Year 6 SATs questions in the test papers also changed in 2016.
All children will receive a raw score, which is the actual number of marks they achieved on their SATs papers. This raw score is then converted into a scaled score (the scaled scores range from 80 to 120), which determines whether each child has reached the national average, and how well they have done on their SATs papers.
Parents – you will be given your child’s scaled score, and also whether they obtained the expected standard set by the Department for Education. The expected standard is set at a scaled scale of 100 or above.
How can I prepare my child for their Year 6 SATs?
Children will be taught the skills they need to do well in their Year 6 SATs papers in their classroom with their teacher, but there is also a lot you can do to help at home to get your child feeling confident and ready for their tests. For example you can:
- Devise a Year 6 SATs revision plan and reward your child for sticking to it. Make sure the revision plan is realistic – little and often, bitesize chunks of revision where a child is focused are better than a long revision session where a child switches off.
- Get your child familiar with the SATs style questions. For example the Year 6 SATs reasoning questions and the questions on the short answer Spag paper are written in a certain style that children will need to get familiar with. SATs Boot Camp is an online SATS revision tool that children can work through to help them get SATs ready – the questions are written in the exact same style as the Year 6 SATs test papers. Taking SATs papers online is great for getting children familiar with the various question styles, especially after a long day at school where they may prefer to take online practise paper tests rather than using paper and a pen.
- Don’t put too much pressure on your child, and try to make the revision fun! Keeping a positive attitude is really important.