English children complete their SATs tests on the national curriculum
in Year 6 (aged 10-11). In the weeks leading up to the Year 6 tests, ComRes interviewed
750 English children (weighted by age, gender, and region to be
representative of England) about the tests. Their research revealed the
When asked what the children thought about the tests, 62% said they
enjoyed or didn’t mind them; 38% said they didn’t like or hated them.
When asked how they felt about tests, the most common words chosen
were nervous (59%), worried (39%), stressed (27%), and confident (21%).
Most children (59%) said that they felt some pressure to do well in
school tests, but the vast majority (81%) thought they had enough time
to relax after school during the week.
A quarter of the children said they found it hard to concentrate
when they had tests, with slightly more worrying about their school work
(32%) or wanting to show how much they know (35%).