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Key Stage 2 National Curriculum Reading Test

What is the format of the test?
There is only 1 reading paper. It is 1 hour long and is worth 50 marks. They will have a reading booklet containing the texts they have to read and the questions are in the answer booklet.

How many texts will there be in the reading booklet?
There will be 3 or 4 texts in the reading booklet. The texts will not be linked by any particular theme. The texts will, however, be ordered by difficulty, so the most demanding text will be at the end.
The reading booklet will contain a variety of different texts. They will ensure a mixture of fiction, non-fiction and poetry and the texts may be from different times or origins.

What types of question will come up? Are they all comprehension?
There is a strong focus on comprehension and inference, but as always the questions will vary in type and difficulty. Areas covered in the Key Stage 2 Reading Test include:
  • Inference
  • Commenting on themes
  • Summarising
  • Explaining the meaning of key words or phrases
  • Making predictions
  • Commenting on the use of language and presentational features

Some questions will be worth more marks than others, depending on their layout. The table below shows the profile of marks by question type, as shown in the Key Stage 2 Reading Framework:

Selected or Constructed Response Question Types Example Questions
Selected Response (15-25% will be like this) Multiple Choice Where would you be most likely to see this text?

Tick one of the options below.
Ranking/Ordering Number the events below to show the order in which they happen in the story.
Matching Match the text to the purpose.
Labelling Label the text to show the title.
Short Constructed Response (40-60% will be like this) Find and Copy Find and copy one word that suggests . . .
Short Response What does the bear eat?
Extended Constructed Response (20-40% will be like this) Open Ended Response Look at the paragraph beginning:
Once upon a time...

How does the writer increase the tension throughout this paragraph?

Explain fully referring to the text in your answer.

What is the pass mark?
There is no "pass" or "fail" with SATs exams. The aim is to determine whether the student has grasped what they have been learning from Year 3 to 6.
The exams are marked using scaled scores. A scaled score of 100 will indicate that the child has reached the expected standard. For more information about the scaled scoring system, visit our Key Stage 2 SATs Marks page.
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