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  • When are the SAT's?

    The SAT's are in the wk beginning 14th May 2018.

  • What exams are completed during week?
    Statutory tests will be administered in the following subjects:
    Reading (60 minutes)
    Spelling (approximately 15 minutes)
    Punctuation, Vocabulary and Grammar (45 minutes)
    Paper 1: Arithmetic (30 minutes)
    Paper 2: Reasoning (40 minutes)
    Paper 3: Reasoning (40 minutes)
    In addition, some schools will be required to take part in Science testing, consisting of three tests in Biology, Physics and Chemistry. Not all schools will take part in this sampling, which takes place on a later date.
    Writing will be ‘Teacher Assessed’ internally, as in recent years.
  • What is the timetable for the week?

    Monday 14 May      GPS papers 1 and 2 

    Tuesday 15 May       English reading 

    Wednesday 16 May   Mathematics papers 1 and 2 

    Thursday 17 May      Mathematics paper 3 

  • How is Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling tested?
    A Spelling test is administered containing 20 words, lasting approximately 15 minutes.
    A separate test is given on Punctuation, Vocabulary and Grammar
    This test lasts for 45 minutes and requires short answer questions, including some multiple choice.
    Marks for these two tests are added together to give a total for Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.
  • How is Reading tested?
    The Reading Test consists of a single test paper with three unrelated reading texts.
    Children are given 60 minutes in total, which includes reading the texts and answering the questions.
    A total of 50 marks are available.
    Questions are designed to assess the comprehension and understanding of a child’s reading.
    Some questions are multiple choice or selected response, others require short answers and some require an extended response or explanation.
  • How is Maths tested?
    Children will sit three tests: Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3.
    Paper 1 is for ‘Arithmetic’ lasting for 30 minutes, covering calculation methods for all operations, including use of fractions, percentages and decimals.
    Questions gradually increase in difficulty. Not all children will be expected to access some of the more difficult questions later in the paper.
    Papers 2 and 3 cover ‘Problem Solving and Reasoning’, each lasting for 40 minutes.
    Pupils will still require calculation skills but will need to answer questions in context and decide what is required to find a solution.
  • What is a Scaled Score?
    It is planned that 100 will always represent the ‘national standard’.
    Each pupil’s raw test score will therefore be converted into a score on the scale, either at, above or below 100.
    The scale will have a lower end point somewhere below 100 and an upper end point above 100.
    A child who achieves the ‘national standard’ (a score of 100) will be judged to have demonstrated sufficient knowledge in the areas assessed by the tests.
    In July 2018 each pupil will receive:
    • A raw score (number of raw marks awarded).
    • A scaled score in each tested subject.
    • Confirmation of whether or not they attained the national standard.
  • Examples:

    On publication of the test results in July 2018:

    A child awarded a scaled score of 100 is judged to have met the ‘national standard’ in the area judged by the test.
    A child awarded a scaled score of more than 100 is judged to have exceeded the national standard and demonstrated a higher than expected knowledge of the curriculum for their age.
    A child awarded a scaled score of less than 100 is judged to have not yet met the national standard and performed below expectation for their age.
  • How can I help my child prepare for the tests?
    First and foremost, support and reassure your child that there is nothing to worry about and they should always just try their best. Praise and encourage!
    Ensure your child has the best possible attendance at school.
    Support your child with any homework tasks.
    Reading, spelling and arithmetic (e.g. times tables) are always good to practise.
    Talk to your child about what they have learnt at school and what book(s) they are reading (the character, the plot, their opinion).
    Make sure your child has a good sleep and healthy breakfast every morning either at home, school or both during the test week!
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