Key stage 2 tests: access arrangements

Guidance for schools about access arrangements available for pupils participating in 2024 key stage 2 (KS2) national curriculum tests (commonly called SATs).



Some pupils with specific needs may need additional arrangements so they can take part in KS2 tests.

Types of support include:

  • early opening of test packs, to adapt test papers
  • additional time to complete the tests
  • the use of scribes, word processors or other technical or electronic aids
  • making transcripts
  • written or oral translations
  • readers
  • the use of prompts and rest breaks
  • the use of accessibility objects in the mathematics test
  • highlighter pens
  • arrangements for pupils who are ill or are injured at the time of the tests

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

Updates to this page

Published 4 December 2017
Last updated 18 March 2024 + show all updates
  1. Updated section 4.1 to provide important additional information: "If schools use an electronic or a web-based translation service to prepare a translation, they must ensure it is secure and any data or content placed there must not be shared with, or visible to, any other party. Schools are responsible for checking the security of translation services before use."

  2. Updated guidance for the academic year 2023 to 2024.

  3. Updated guidance for the 2022-23 assessment cycle.

  4. Uploaded the 2022 Key stage 2 tests: access arrangements.

  5. Updated the key stage 2: access arrangements guidance for the 2020/21 academic year.

  6. Updated for the 2020 test cycle.

  7. Demonstrational videos added.

  8. Updated guidance for the 2019 test cycle.

  9. Links to outdated videos have been removed.

  10. Links to demonstrational videos added.

  11. First published.

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