We provided 15 test booklets to a sample of schools as part of the 2014 national science sampling exercise. We retired 6 of these booklets and used the remaining 9 in 2016, alongside 6 new booklets.
The 17 questions that we are publishing now are from the retired tests. We have selected these questions for their ongoing relevance to a range of topics included in the national curriculum programmes of study for science taught from September 2014. Modified versions are available for 9 of the questions.
The accompanying report shows how pupils performed on 7 of these questions. It highlights misconceptions in pupils’ understanding of some science topics and provides an insight into how the results of the sample could inform class teaching.
We will be publishing the 2016 science sampling materials in September 2017.