In England primary-school assessments in Years 3, 4 and 5 can take the form of 'optional' SATs (optional because schools do not have to use this form of assessment, though they may choose to do so).
In Wales all children in Years 2-9 take tests in reading and numeracy at the end of each school year, the National Reading and Numeracy Tests.
In Scotland and Northern Ireland children are often assessed through end-of-year InCAS tests.
On this page you'll find links to free optional SATs past papers (based on the pre-2014 curriculum) for Y3, Y4 and Y5 to download, as well as optional SATs practice papers.
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Download free optional SATs papers for Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5
If you'd like to download an optional SATs past paper for your child's year group, the 2003 official papers used in schools are available for parents. (Papers written more recently are still used for testing in schools, so they are not distributed for parent use.) All the 2003 official optional SATs papers are available to download for free from TheSchoolRun.
Please note: all available optional SATs past papers reflect the pre-2014 curriculum.
Download optional SATs practice papers for Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5
Only a limited number of optional SATs past papers for maths and English are available for parent use. To offer your child more practice opportunities at home The SchoolRun has commissioned two maths and two English 'mock' optional SATs papers for each year group. TheSchoolRun's optional SATs practice papers are available exclusively to subscribers .
Year 3 optional SATs practice papers
- Year 3 English optional SATs paper, set A
- Year 3 English optional SATs paper, set B
- Year 3 maths optional SATs paper, set A
- Year 3 maths optional SATs paper, set B
Year 4 optional SATs practice papers
- Year 4 English optional SATs paper, set A
- Year 4 English optional SATs paper, set B
- Year 4 maths optional SATs paper, set A
- Year 4 maths optional SATs paper, set B
Year 5 optional SATs practice papers
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