Using SAT papers to help prepare for the test
The KS2 Maths SAT papers for 2019 are now freely available on the site. They consist of three Papers and a Mark Scheme.
Paper 1 is an Arithmetic Paper, with 30 minutes to answer 36 questions, so there is not a lot of time! Some are easy, with questions taken from the Year 3 Programme of Study (or content domain references as they are referred to in the Mark Scheme)., such as:
?? = 6,000 + 90
Others are much harder, such as:
51% of 900 = ??
Some require good mental skills, others require formal written methods to be used in order to gain full marks.
The questions are mainly from the Calculations Programme of Study but also include a considerable number of Fractions.
Papers 2 and 3 are Reasoning Papers, with 23 questions and 35 marks on each paper. Children have 40 minutes to complete each Reasoning Paper. These Papers cover a wide range of mathematics, taken from the Programmes of Study from Year 3 to Year 6, although there are usually only two or three related to Year 3, whilst there may be as many as 14 or 15 taken from the Year 6 Programme.
There are still questions taken from the Calculations Programmes of Study, sometimes as many as 8 or 9, but they tend to be in a different form such as word problems. Other areas of maths are also included, including Number and Place Value, Fractions, Decimals and Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Measurement, Geometry and Statistics.
The mark scheme is full of useful advice and should be read when marking answers.
The past papers are excellent practice for the real test but the time aspects do not have to be followed. We would strongly suggest that it is much better to do a few questions, mark them immediately and if there are any problems or difficulties go on to our excellent Booster resources for plenty of further practice. In our Booster section you can find many more questions, all related to past questions and written in the same style: a brilliant resource!