On Wednesday and Thursday year 6 children in England’s primary schools will take their Sats maths test.
If you haven’t had children in the English education system for a while, or even at all, you might be curious about what 11-year-olds are expected to know about maths. So below is a sample of the types of questions they will face. Pupils will take 110 minutes of tests, divided into three papers over two days and containing a total of 83 questions. They are not allowed calculators and, unlike our online quiz, they will not face multiple choice questions.
While we can’t replicate exam conditions, try our quiz, which uses sample questions from key stage 2 maths papers, to see if you’re smarter than a year 6 pupil. Good luck!
How well do you know key stage 2 maths?
So there you go. Obviously it’s not a realistic recreation of the experience the children will be having over the two days, but it is an indication of the kind of level expected of them.
And there are several questions contained in the papers, like the one below, that test types of maths reasoning that it is hard to render in an online multiple quiz format.
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