How to use DesignATest to boost SATs revision

For teachers responsible for year six pupils, SATs are fast approaching. For many pupils, it’s the first formal exam they will have sat that will have an impact on their future education and some nerves are definitely to be expected. Luckily, some revision planning can help put them on the right path to achieving their full potential.

If you’re looking for ways to use DesignATest to support your SATs revision, we’ve got a few ideas to help you out.

  1. Assess reading comprehension

Reading comprehension can be difficult to assess and a marking effort to see which children need extra support in this area. Creating a DesignATest that reflects a book you’ve been reading in class means it’s easy to make comprehension a part of daily classroom plans. Through making a test that links to books you’re already covering, you can pick out those you know are at the right level and will engage with your class, while DesignATest means you can quickly identify who is struggling with just a glance thanks to the automated marking.

  1. Practice arithmetic

Sometimes it’s the basic questions that pupils lose marks on because they’re trying to answer them quickly, such as during the arithmetic test. Going through maths questions as quickly as they can, can help your pupils improve their mental arithmetic abilities and reduce the number of mistakes they’re making.

  1. Measure spelling and punctuation ability

Spelling, punctuation, and grammar are one of the key topics of KS2 SATS and, as a result, it should be a core revision topic. It’s an area that multiple-choice options with DesignATest can help. From picking out which word is spelt correctly to identifying the sentence with the correct comma positioning, it can help children recognise the correct SPAG and feed into their written work too. It’s a useful way to assess how much has sunk in during a class SPAG revision session.

  1. Allow long-form answers

One of the things that makes DesignATest so useful, is the ability to mix multiple choice and long-form answers. On the SATs papers, they’ll be expected to give longer answers for some of the questions, but it can be an area that some children struggle with, especially when a single paper uses a mixture of different questions. Getting to grips with how much time and detail to go into for each question can improve time allocation on exam day.


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