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Standard Assessment Test (U.K.)(SAT-U.K.)

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"SAT's" stands for "Standard Assessment Tests" which refer to a four yearly test that all children in England and Wales are expected to sit at different times in their education. (They are sometimes known as "End of Key Stage Assessments" or "Statutory Assessments"). The SAT's tests were introduced in 1995 as a way of measuring how much progress each child had made over the past few years ofhis/her schooling. Their "proper" name is "National Tests" as they are seen as a test taken by every school child in the countries of England and Wales (Scotland has its own version of the National Tests).

WHAT SUBJECTS ARE TESTED IN SAT's ?
The subjects which are tested in the SAT's are English and Maths at Key Stage 1 and English, Maths and Science at Key Stage 2 and 3.

WHAT ARE THE KEY STAGES ?
Key Stage 1 refers to children in Infant school (aged 4-7 years).
Key Stage 2 refers to children in Junior School (aged 7-11 years).
Key Stage 3 refers to children in Secondary School (aged 11 - 14
years).

WHY ARE THE SAT'S TESTS IMPORTANT ?
The SAT's Tests are important as it gives a good indication to parents, teachers and the Government on how much progress a child is making in his or her school. In particular, teachers can see in certain areas of the subjects taken, where a child's weaknesses may be and make strategies to improve this. Obviously some children willachieve a level lower or higher than the national level set by the Government. When a child moves up from the Infants to the Juniors, or from the Juniors to the Seniors, it helps their new teachers to see what level the child has reached in their understanding of English, Maths (and Science).

What subjects do the tests cover?
For KS1 it is Reading, Writing (including handwriting), Spelling and Maths. For KS2 it is Reading, Writing (including handwriting), Spelling, Maths, Mental Arithmetic and Science. For KS3 it is English (including Reading, Writing and studying a Shakespeare play), Maths, Mental Arithmetic and Science.

How long do the tests last?
For KS1 they are less than three hours altogether. For KS2 they are less than six hours altogether. For KS3 they are no more than eight hours altogether.

When do the tests take place?
The tests are taken over several days in May in the summer term. (See home page for exact
dates).

What is teacher assessment ?
This is where your child's class teacher will decide what level your child has reached in the subjects of English, Maths and Science over the course of his/her time in Infant/Junior school.

Why do they have tests as well as teacher assessment?
Tests and teacher assessment are both as important as each other..With tests you can measure what children in a group can do when they are set the same questions. The teacher can then identify the strengths and weaknesses in an individual child's understanding. Teacher assessment on the other hand looks at a child's performance across
the whole subject over a set period of time. The results of the tests and the teacher assessment can be different, so using both methods gives the teacher and the parent a better view of what a child has achieved.

Who marks the SAT's tests?
For KS1 the tests are marked by the class teacher, though some are sent away to be checked by the local authority. For KS2 and KS3 the tests are sent away to be independently marked by other teachers who have no connection with your child's school.

How will I get my child's results?
The school will send you a report which tells you what National Curriculum levels your child has reached in both the tests and in the teacher assessment. You will also be told how your child compares to the national and school averages.

What is the expected National Curriculum level that most children achieve?
For KS1, children should achieve at least a level 2. For KS2, children the level should be at least level 4. For KS3, it should be level 5 to level 6. Obviously there will be some children who achieve a higher or a lower level than this according to their ability.

What happens if my child misses a test?
In KS1, children who are absent on the day when a test takes place are given another opportunity to take the test. For KS2/3, children who miss a test are recorded as absent and are not given a test level in that subject. They will still receive a teacher assessment.

How will my child be prepared for the test at school?
It is up to the individual school how much preparation they do for the SAT's. Most schools go through past papers to help children get used to the format of the tests. Some schools have "booster groups" for children who may be struggling in a certain area of the curriculum.

How can parents help?
Parents can help their children prepare for the SAT's by encouraging them in their schoolwork and homework. Let them have time to relax and play as well. Listen to them if they have a particular problem and don't be afraid to discuss any concerns you may have with your child's teacher. If you want to do some extra revision for the SAT's at home there
are plenty of SAT's practice papers availabale for you to buy over the internet or through bookshops.

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