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letters and punctuation.Most teachers will have reminded children about capital letters and punctuation until they are blue in the face, but many are tempted to be kinder than the

examiners will be and allow the mark in practice tests. Children are more likely to learn from their mistakes, so my recommendation is to be harsh and mark any such mistake as incorrect. Let your students run through a few of our practice SATs Question Sets at https:////w/ english/assessment. If they make a mistake, the system will automatically let them know where they have gone wrong and give them the opportunity to try again.


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6 SATs tests. Darryl Keane fromLearning by Questions hasworked in education fo years and during his time as a teacher, he marked the key stage 2 SATs papers of students fromall over England andWales. We spoke to himabout themost common mistakes andmisconceptions. Here, Darry

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avoid these. 2. ‘ly’ adverbs

Many Year 6 students believe that all adverbs end in ‘ly’, or that all words that end in ‘ly’ are adverbs. In the 2018 SATs paper, pupils were tested specifically on this understanding. To provide examples of adverbs that don’t end in ‘ly’ and a more basic understanding of adverbs, our Question Set, Using and Identifying Adverbs, http // eview/

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While the test papers are designed to assess a student’s knowledge of GPS, it is heartbreakingly common for pupils to trip up, simply because of their reading skills. Students commonly miss vital instructions in a question such as ‘tick two’. By giving your students sample questions from our GPS Question Sets they will develop the necessary experience.

4. Not reading all the options

Another example of when a student’s reading skills can let them down is when they decide on an answer before reading all possibilities. It is important to teach them the importance of slowing down. Our SATs Practise Question Sets are designed to have the look and feel of the actual papers whilst providing feedback and a second attempt.

5. Incorrectly punctuating speech

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6. Incorrectly formed capital letters It may seem petty but if a capital letter is not clearly written, a pupil can lose marks. This is also the case for punctuation included in sentences

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