National curriculum assessments: key stage 2 tests

Guidance for headteachers, teachers and test administrators involved in administering the key stage 2 national curriculum tests.

This guidance will next be updated in the 2021/22 test cycle.

Use this information to:

  • check important dates for the key stage 2 test cycle
  • understand your statutory requirements for the key stage 2 tests
  • use appropriate access arrangements
  • administer the tests
  • keep test materials secure
  • access your school’s test results

Your school will also receive printed copies of the test administration instructions with the test materials. These are not available on GOV.UK as they contain live test material. Details on the format, equipment and assistance that must be used for each test is available in the test administration guidance.

You will also receive the ‘Attendance register and test script dispatch instructions’ with your stationery pack .

Key stage 2 assessment and reporting arrangements


Access arrangements

Test administration

Monitoring visits



Published 12 September 2016
Last updated 4 July 2017 + show all updates
  1. 2017 scaled score guidance added.

  2. Addition of 2017 assessment and reporting arrangements (ARA) and planner.

  3. First published.