Can you answer these Key Stage Two SATs questions designed for 11-year-olds?

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Picture: Dominic Lipinski

Exams. Picture: Dominic Lipinski - Credit: Archant

Year Six pupils in Hertfordshire are this week sitting Key Stage Two tests, but can you correctly answer a sample of last year’s questions?

Controversial changes to the SATs tests have meant that there is a new, toughened-up benchmark in reading, writing and mathematics, with children asked to identify subordinate clauses, antonyms and sentences in the present perfect tense, as well as modal verbs and split digraphs (otherwise known as the magic ‘e’).

This is the second year of the new demanding assessments in maths and English being held at the end of primary school.

Critics say the new tests are too narrow at the expense of other subjects and believe schools are now becoming “exam factories”.

Others believe children are not overly-tested and should be assessed to ensure they know the fundamentals of English and maths before starting secondary school.


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Have a go at the seven questions taken from last year’s exam papers.

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