Adults fail around half of SATs questions - can you answer these 10 correctly?

SATs have been scrapped for KS1 pupils but are still compulsory for KS2 students
SATs have been scrapped for KS1 pupils but are still compulsory for KS2 students -Credit:Getty Images/iStockphoto

Primary school pupils across the country are once again preparing to sit their national curriculum tests, often referred to as SATs, which will take place next week from May 13 to May 16.

The controversial tests see Key Stage 2 (Year 6) students quizzed on English reading, grammar, punctuation and spelling, as well as mathematics, to check their educational progress. Although compulsory Key Stage 1 (Year 2) SATs were officially scrapped in 2023, many schools are still opting to go ahead with them this year alongside the tests for older students.

Despite repeated calls to axe SATs over the years, the Government insists that the tests "provide vital information to parents about their child's attainment, support the transition to secondary schools, and identify where additional support is best targeted to individuals". They are also used to measure a school's performance, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Schools will receive test results on July 9, 2024, and before the end of the summer term, your child's school will send you a report which will include test results and teacher assessment judgements. The school will report your child's test results as a scaled score for each subject, which is created from the number of marks your child scores in a particular test.

A scaled score below 100 means that your child may need more support to help them reach the expected standard, while a score of 100 or more means that your child is working at, or above, the expected standard for the key stage. If your child has special educational needs reporting will be different, and you should speak to your child's teacher for more information, the Government Education Hub advises.

However, the average score for adults that take these tests is under 50%, which means the majority of grown-ups would score below expectations in their KS2 SATs if they had to take them today. We have combed through Key Stage 2 past papers from the last couple of years to pick out 10 questions - how many can you get right?

There are five English grammar questions and five mathematics questions to answer in the quiz below, all of which have been asked to 11-year-olds sitting their SATs in 2022 or 2023 - have a go and let us know your score. Bear in mind that we have given multiple choice answers for the mathematics questions where there wouldn't be in a real test paper - and you can't use a calculator!