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Understand Inference Questions

In this worksheet, students will learn how to answer inference style questions in preparation for the SATs reading test. Some of the answers will need to be manually marked as these types of questions require a pupil to be able to write in their own words, using the evidence presented.

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'Understand Inference Questions' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 6 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Exam-Style Questions: SATs English

Curriculum subtopic:   Exam-Style Questions: Inference Questions

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Worksheet Overview

Fantastic, so you've decided that you want to revise how to answer inference style questions in preparation for the SATs reading test.


First you need to know, what is an inference question?

No doubt about it, inference can be quite a tricky area of reading!

Inference questions often begin with phrases such as: 'how do you know that', 'how can you tell that', 'what evidence is there' or 'explain what this description suggests'.


When you answer an inference question, you will need to look for clues to find the answer and you will then then explain your answer by using the clues and including the word 'because'.

You must think of yourself as a detective, proving what you know!




The key question you must always ask yourself when you answer an inference question is- how do you know?

When you are finding your evidence, make sure you take it straight from the text, don't make it up or guess.

Remember to also look out for how many marks are available for the question. If there are 2 marks available, give 2 pieces of evidence, if there are 3 marks available, give 3 pieces of evidence. I'm sure you get the idea.


Due to the nature of inference, you will need to write your answer in your own words, just as you will in the SATs reading test.

Please, ask your adult helper to mark these questions for you.


Over to you now! Let's work through some questions together and really consolidate your inference skills.

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