UK Science SATS Papers for the end of Key Stage 3

Between 2003 and 2009 UK state school pupils had to take statutory 'SAT' (Standard Attainment Tests) exams at the end of KS3 science in Year 9.

The KS3 SAT science exam comprised of two papers (one hour each) that covered biology, chemistry and physics. The scores from both papers were combined to give a final score. This score would then be converted into a numerical level, which would in turn be converted into an expectation level. The expected level was level 5 or 6 - level 7 was 'beyond expectations' . Exceptional.

In 2010 the papers were not compulsory. There are question papers available but no official mark scheme. In 2011 the Department of Education published an optional Higher Tier paper with a mark scheme but after that it was ended.

These papers were used by teachers to set tests and examinations within Keystage 3 and are still used today. I have therefore extracted the physics questions for you to use and sorted them into 'topic' headings. The National Curriculum has changed since the publication of these tests, but they still form a useful bank of questions. They can be used as homework and for discussion in class.

They are widely available on the web. A site that has these, and the maths and English papers, is - they are also available from, maths-made-easy and testbase (a resource that our school made use of when I was in teaching).

However, if your interest is only in Science. for your convenience I have put links to the pdfs of the full science papers and their markschemes in the table below. Right click on the graphic-link and dowload the paper that you require.

Level 3-6
Level 5-7
Marking Scheme


The grade boundaries for these papers that were published at the time are in the table below: