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, and science sampling tests.

Schools must keep these periods free for administering the national curriculum assessments at key stages 1 and 2. Key stage 2 tests must be taken on the scheduled days.

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

2017 to 2018 academic year

Key stage 1

Date Activity
May 2018 Key stage 1 test period
Week commencing Monday 11 June 2018 Phonics screening check week

Key stage 2

Date Activity
Monday 14 May English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2
Tuesday 15 May English reading
Wednesday 16 May Mathematics papers 1 and 2
Thursday 17 May Mathematics paper 3

Science sampling tests

Schools selected for science sampling will need to be available to administer the tests within the 2 week period from Monday 4 June 2018.

2018 to 2019 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

The key stage 2 tests are timetabled from Monday 13 May to Thursday 16 May 2019.

There is no science sampling for the 2018 to 2019 academic year.

Published 6 September 2016
Last updated 16 October 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated for the 2018 test cycle.
  2. Updated for the 2017 to 2018 and 2018 to 2019 test cycles.
  3. First published.