This year’s Sats questions
Spelling, punctuation and grammar
Question: Insert a semi-colon in the correct place in the sentence: “Come and see me tomorrow I will not have time to see you today.”
Answer: “Come and see me tomorrow; I will not have time to see you today.” Unpublished markers’ guidance: Neither element of the semi-colon should start higher than the letter ‘I’. The dot must not be lower than the bottom of the letter “w” in the word “tomorrow”. The orientation of the comma element of the semi-colon must be included to the left or straight down. It cannot incline to the right.
The reading test included a passage about Matthew Webb, the first person to swim across the English Channel. The passage stated: “He was also accompanied by boats so his friends could protect and feed him. It must be said, however, that the ale, brandy and beef tea they supplied are not standard for today’s cross-channel swimmers!”
Question: Find and copy a group of words that tells you that the drinks of ale, brandy and beef tea given to Matthew Webb would be considered unusual today.
Answer: “not standard”.
Notes in published mark scheme: These words are the “maximum quotation that is allowed”. Additional words copied from the text, including “for today’s cross-channel swimmers”, were not permitted.