Guidance

Key stage 1 and key stage 2 test dates

Future dates for the key stage 1 and key stage 2 tests (commonly referred to as SATs), phonics screening check, multiplication tables check and science sampling tests.

Schools must keep these periods free for administering the national curriculum assessments at key stages 1 and 2.

Future tests dates are detailed below to assist schools with their forward planning.

2018/19 academic year

Key stage 1

Date Activity
May 2019 Key stage 1 test period
Week commencing Monday 10 June 2019 Phonics screening check week

Key stage 2

Date Activity
Monday 13 May 2019 English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2
Tuesday 14 May 2019 English reading
Wednesday 15 May 2019 Mathematics papers 1 and 2
Thursday 16 May 2019 Mathematics paper 3

There is no science sampling for the 2018/19 academic year.

2019/20 academic year

Key stage 1

Date Activity
May 2020 Key stage 1 test period
Week commencing Monday 8 June 2020 Phonics screening check week

Key stage 2

The key stage 2 tests are timetabled from Monday 11 May to Thursday 14 May 2020.

Multiplication tables check

Schools should administer the multiplication tables check within the 3 week period from Monday 8 June 2020.

Science sampling tests

Schools selected for science sampling will need to be available to administer the tests within the 2 week period from Monday 8 June 2020.

2020/21 academic year

Key stage 1

Date Activity
May 2021 Key stage 1 test period
Week commencing Monday 7 June 2021 Phonics screening check week

Key stage 2

The key stage 2 tests are timetabled from Monday 10 May to Thursday 13 May 2021.

In 2021, Eid is due to begin on the evening of Wednesday 12 May. We understand that, given the significance of Eid, Muslim pupils may be absent from school on Thursday 13 May, the scheduled day of the final KS2 test.

Timetable variations may be appropriate for pupils who will be absent due to observing Eid. Schools should read the timetable variation guidance, which will be updated for the 2020/21 academic year, before applying. Schools are advised to discuss arrangements for the tests with their pupils’ parents before the test period.

Multiplication tables check

Schools should administer the multiplication tables check within the 3 week period from Monday 7 June 2021.

There is no science sampling for the 2020/21 academic year.

Published 6 September 2016
Last updated 20 December 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated with dates for the 2020/21 academic year, including information on Eid.
  2. Updated for the next test cycle.
  3. Updated for the 2018 test cycle.
  4. Updated for the 2017 to 2018 and 2018 to 2019 test cycles.
  5. First published.