Time Table for The Week DateLevel 3-5 TestsLevel 6 Tests Monday 11 th MayEnglish Reading Test Tuesday 12 th MayEnglish Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Test Wednesday 13 th MayMental Mathematics Test Mathematics – Test A Thursday 14 th MayMathematics – Test BMathematics -Paper 1 Mathematics -Paper 2
How is SATs week organised? A timetable is issued to school, telling us on which days/sessions tests must be administered.A timetable is issued to school, telling us on which days/sessions tests must be administered. All children must sit the tests at the same time.All children must sit the tests at the same time. Test papers can only be opened 1 hour before the tests begin.Test papers can only be opened 1 hour before the tests begin. Tests are completed in classrooms and smaller groups around the school.Tests are completed in classrooms and smaller groups around the school.
During SATs week: Please ensure that your child is in school every day during SATs week. Ensure that they are in school on time Please don’t book anything during this week e.g. doctor’s appointments, holidays etc. If your child is ill, let us know immediately.
The Reading Test Level 3-5 Children are given a reading booklet with three to four texts. The least demanding text will come first with the following texts increasing in difficulty. The children will have an hour to read the texts answer approximately 35 questions totalling 50 marks
The Reading Test Level 3-5 Children can refer back to the texts in the reading booklet throughout the tests. Questions are: shorter closed response items and longer, more open response types. Questions are worth 1,2 or 3 marks. Children cannot have any adult help in this test
Reading Test Level 6 A reading booklet containing around three or four texts based on the same theme which children have 10 minutes to read. They may refer back to the text to answer questions. There are approximately 25 questions (Totalling 30- 35marks) They have 50 minutes to answer the questions. Questions are worth 1,2,3 or 4 marks.
How can parents help with reading? Ensure your child reads every night!Ensure your child reads every night! Encourage them to read fiction and non-fiction books.Encourage them to read fiction and non-fiction books. Try to ask them questions about the text.Try to ask them questions about the text. Help them with the different skills of reading especially ‘skim’ reading where they are looking for key words in the text.Help them with the different skills of reading especially ‘skim’ reading where they are looking for key words in the text. Speed readingSpeed reading
English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Test The test will assess children’s ability in grammar, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary. Paper 1 has short answer questions (40-50 questions) assessing grammar, punctuation and vocabulary (50marks). Paper 2 assesses spellings (20 marks). The results for the English test will be reported separately by the Department of Education. This means no overall English level will be given. Pupil’s writing will be assessed by Teachers.
English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Test Level 6 50 marks with 3 elements A writing task assessing their grammar, punctuation and vocabulary. A booklet of short answer questions. A spelling task.
Mathematics Tests Level 3-5 Two non calculator papers, lasting 45 minutes each. Mental Mathematics test lasts 20 minutes. (20 marks) Children’s marks from all three tests are aggregated to calculate their overall mathematics level.
Mathematics Tests Level 6 Paper 1 is a non calculator paper, lasting 30 minutes. Paper 2 is a calculator paper lasting 30 minutes long. Children’s marks from all three tests are aggregated to calculate their overall mathematics level.
Top Tips Ensure children have a good night’s sleep before the tests. Make sure children have breakfast before they come to school. Talk to them about the tests. Don’t put too much pressure on them.