Key stage 2 tests: when pupils should take the tests

Guidance to help headteachers decide which pupils should take the key stage 2 national curriculum tests (commonly known as SATs).

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Further information is available in our guidance on 2016 Key stage 2: assessment and reporting arrangements (ara).



The majority of pupils who are working at level 3 or above must take the levels 3-5 tests in the year they complete the key stage 2 programme of study. There are some exceptions where headteacher’s may use their discretion. This information will help you decide whether it’s appropriate for specific pupils to sit the tests.

Published 5 September 2014