Key stage 1 tests: access arrangements

Guidance for schools about access arrangements available for pupils participating in 2022 key stage 1 national curriculum tests (commonly called SATs).



Some pupils with specific needs may need additional arrangements so they can take part in key stage 1 tests.

Types of support include:

  • additional time to complete the tests
  • adaptations of test papers
  • compensatory marks for spelling
  • the use of scribes, word processors or other technical or electronic aids
  • making a transcript
  • written or oral translations
  • readers
  • the use of prompts and rest breaks
  • accessibility objects in the mathematics test
  • highlighter pens
  • administering the tests at an alternative location

Schools must consider whether any of their pupils will need access arrangements before they administer the tests.

Published 4 December 2017
Last updated 11 October 2021 + show all updates
  1. Uploaded the 2022 Key stage 1 tests: access arrangements.

  2. Updated for the 2020 test cycle.

  3. Updated guidance for the 2019 test cycle.

  4. First published.