Key stage 2 tests: access arrangements

Guidance for schools about access arrangements available for pupils participating in 2018 key stage 2 national curriculum tests (commonly called SATs).


Key stage 2: 2018 access arrangements guidance


Some pupils with specific needs may need additional arrangements so they can take part in key stage 2 tests.

Types of support include:

  • additional time to complete the tests
  • early opening of test packs, to modify test papers
  • compensatory marks for spelling
  • using scribes, readers, word processors or other technical or electronic aids
  • making transcripts
  • written or oral translations and using apparatus in the mathematics test
  • the use of prompts and rest breaks
  • arrangements for pupils who are ill or are injured at the time of the tests
  • administering the tests at an alternative location

Schools must consider whether any of their pupils will need access arrangements before they administer the tests. The guidance includes details about how and when to apply for different arrangements.

We’ve also published short video tutorials to demonstrate how schools can make applications for additional time, early opening and compensatory marks for spelling.

Published 4 December 2017
Last updated 14 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. Links to demonstrational videos added.
  2. First published.