All my posts seem to be sagas - and this will be no different!
Background: Currently my son goes to an indie in Bedford. They do not do SATs tests although they have something called InCAs which can give predictions for SATs.
My son is sitting the Bucks 11+ in February (late sitter as we only knew we were moving in November and had not applied anywhere). This also meant that we had not been doing any prep for the 11+ as this is not an exam that is sat in Bedford as there are no grammar schools. We missed qualifying for Slough with a score of 110 and now have all our eggs in the Bucks basket, hoping that we pass, then hoping we can get into the local school (I have rented a house for 12 months in Marlow).
Now. If we don't hit the magic 121 score and also miss on the appeal, he will have to go to a comprehensive and possibly sit the 12+ next year. Bearing in mind that he is doing "normal" stuff at his current school and no direct SATs work, he will HAVE to get good level 5s in his SATs.
He is starting a new school for his final term of year 6 in Marlow - so will be sitting the SATs along with the rest of the children. But clearly he has not been doing the right work to prepare for these tests, so if he gets level 5s it will be a miracle!
Are all the SATs held at the same time, and if so, when are they? What actually comprises the SATs tests? - English and Maths I know, but what is writing and reading? (I know what they are, of course, but in terms of the tests) and is there a science test?
And is there anything else that I need to know! If he passes the Bucks exam, then I won't get too hung up on mega results in his SATs, but if he needs to do the 12+ next year, then clearly the SATs are really important for him!
Thanks for any help