This year’s Sats ques­tions

TES (Times Education Supplement) - - JO BRIGHOUSE -

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.

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