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UK parents took their 10-year-olds out of school to protest this grammar test. Can you pass it?

By Cassie Werber

Last week, parents across the UK took their kids out of school, spending time at parks and museums instead. They also made protest posters: “Stop Testing!” they read, and “Let our kids be kids.”

The stay-at-home protest targeted government-mandated tests, which many parents and teachers think put too much pressure on children. Standard Assessment Tests, or SATs, test 7-year-olds and 10-11 year olds on English and math. But many feel that the curriculum narrows down learning to “hoop-jumping” and memorizing of technical grammar terms in a way reminiscent of 1950s schooling.

So, can you answer questions from a sample test for 10 and 11-year-olds? Answers are at the bottom.


SATs question 38
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SATs question 44
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SATs question 14
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SATs question 22
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SATs question 30


SATs question 40


SATs question 42


SATs question 43


1) The first and second sentence use ‘after’ as a preposition. The third uses it as a subordinating conjunction.
2) The underlined phrase should be: has wanted.
3) As a relative clause.
4) Build.
5) Gemma was doing her science homework.
6) The first two sentences use co-ordinating conjunctions. The third uses a subordinating conjunction.
7) Two, the, and one should all be circled.
8) That book about the Romans should be underlined.