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KS2 Test

For an increasing number of today’s parents and carers, the national curriculum tests are not the entirely unfamiliar concept they once were. However, after many years of familiarity, 2016 saw an overhaul of the tests to match the newly updated national curriculum. This guide helps to explain what you can expect and how you can support your children in the run-up to the tests.


About the tests

The tests take place during the first full teaching week of May each year (i.e. the week after bank Holiday Monday) and in recent years have been spread across four days.


Over the course of the week, there are three tests altogether covering the various areas of English and mathematics.





Date Subject Test Paper
Monday 8th May
Tuesday 9th May English grammar, punctuation and spelling

Paper 1: Question

Paper 2: Spelling Paper    

Wednesday 10th May Mathematics

Paper 1: Arithmetic

Paper 2: Reasoning

Thursday 11 May Mathematics Paper 3: Reasoning

NB: Some selected schools may also take part in science tests you will be informed if this applies to your child



2017 Key Stage 2 tests

A summary of the Key Stage 2 tests that Year 6 pupils will take in England in May 2017. Aimed particularly at parents. A downloadable version is available for schools to use here: https://goo.gl/b0Lo9v The standard KS1 version is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVlrdqh_J6Y