The Key Stage 2 National Curriculum tests are designed to test children's knowledge and understanding of specific elements of the Key Stage 2 programmes of study. They provide a snapshot of a child’s attainment at the end of the key stage.
English and mathematics tests are taken at the end of Year 6, usually when children are 11-years-old. Level 6 tests are now part of the suite of Key Stage 2 National Curriculum tests. These are are optional and are aimed at high attaining children.
An overview of the 2013 tests is available from 2013 Key Stage 2 tests page.
At the end of Key Stage 2, teachers assess children's attainment in English, mathematics and science. These teacher assessment judgements are reported to the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) as well as to parents.
Further information about teacher assessment is published in the Teacher assessment section of this website.
The dates for the 2014 and 2015 test cycles have been confirmed as follows. These dates will be communicated to schools and local authorities. Schools must keep these periods free for administering the tests.
|Test week||Return of results|
|2014||week commencing 12 May||Tuesday 8 July|
|2015||week commencing 11 May||Tuesday 7 July|
National Curriculum assessments helpline
Telephone: 0300 303 3013
Information for schools on the 2013 Key Stage 2 tests, including details about the new English grammar, punctuation and spelling test and the level 6 tests.
A summary of important dates for the 2013 Key Stage 2 National Curriculum test cycle, with key guidance including the Assessment and reporting arrangements and Test administrators' guide.