SATs are currently underaken by children at the end of KS1 (Y2) and the end of KS2 (Y6).
Y2 children generally sit the papers in an informal environment such as the classroom, and will not usually know they are taking the tests. Y6 (KS2) SATs are more formal in nature and usually take place in an examination style room.
In both cases students will complete papers in english (reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar) and maths during a specific week in May. Some Y6 children may also take SATs in science.
The tests are taken to find out what standard your child is working at, it's not about passing or failing. The results help teachers manage and support your child's education through to the next phase at school.
Children are well prepared for the SATs throughout their school life as teachers regularly carry out assessments, however you can support your child at home by encouraging them to complete their homework.
Please take a look at our KS1 and KS2 SATs pages for more information about the tests and to access practice materials and past papers.