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Maths Key Stage 3 (KS3) Levels and Papers

Key Stage 3 maths papers are set in different bands:

  • level 3-5 paper - students cannot achieve higher than level 5
  • level 4-6 paper - students cannot achieve higher than level 6
  • level 5-7 paper - students cannot achieve higher than level 7
  • level 6-8 paper - students cannot achieve higher than level 8
The actual paper you are entered for depends on your expected level of achievement. There are two papers, a calculator and a non-calculator paper. A mental maths test is a timed audio test. Students complete an answer sheet.
SATS KEY STAGE 3 LEVELS
LEVELS COMMENTS
Level 1 Average for a typical 5 year old
Level 2 Average for a typical 7 year old
Level 3 Average for a typical 9 year old
Level 4 Average for a typical 11 year old
Level 5 Average for a typical 13 year old
Level 6 Average for a typical 14 year old
Level 7 Above average for typical 14 yr old
Level 8 Only available in maths

Additionally there are bands 'a', 'b' and 'c' within the levels. This simply indicates a range within the level.