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Key Stage 2 SATs Reading Practice Paper

In this practice paper, students will complete a timed assessment in the style of a Key Stage 2 SATs Reading paper.

'Key Stage 2 SATs Reading Practice Paper' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   SATs Practice Papers

Curriculum subtopic:   Reading Practice Papers

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

This is a practice Reading paper in the style of a Key Stage 2 National Test.

 

This is an assessment with a variety of Reading questions.

Some are multiple-choice and some will require you to type in an answer.

 

In the real Key Stage 2 National Test, you will write your answers in a special test booklet, normally in a box or space.

At EdPlace, you will use the computer to enter your answers in the spaces provided. 

 

At the start of each question, there will be a set of instructions which you will need to apply until further instruction.

 

You should work quickly and carefully through the questions. 

 

The timer is set for 60 minutes for this practice paper, although you can keep working after the timer has run out.

There are 39 questions. 

This means that you should aim for no more than 1 minute per question and hopefully, as you become more confident, less than 1 minute.

 

You may find some of the questions difficult.

If you are struggling to answer a question do not waste time on it, but move onto the next question.

 

Disclaimer:

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What is the meaning of the word distinctive as used in the text?

[1]

 

Different

Similar

Equal to

Descriptive

Characteristic

 

Where can African Elephants be found?

[1]

 

Sub-Saharan Africa region

Central American rivers

Sahei Desert

West African fainforests

South African beaches

 

According to the text, why is there some controversy among Elephant experts?

[1]

 

Some experts believe that elephants are not vegetarians

Some experts believe that Elephants are destroying trees by eating bark

Some experts believe that African and Asian elephants are separate species

Some experts believe that elephants are growing larger lately

 

Which is the best synonym for the word essential?

[1]

 

Unnecessary

Surplus

Necessary

Superfluous

Unneeded

 

According to the text, what is unexpected about the African Elephant?

[1]

 

Its ears are smaller than the Asian Elephant

The African Elephant has tusks

The African Elephant has two 'fingers' on its trunk

The African Elephant has one 'finger' on its trunk

Its ears resemble the shape of the continent of Africa

 

Which of the following statements suggest that elephants are social creatures?

[1]

 

Elephants can be left or right tusked

They use their trunks to greet one another

The experience grief due to loss

Elephants can smell water up to 5 km away

Male and female African elephants have tusks

 

Choose the true statements below.

[1]

 

Elephants can smell water

All elephants are endangered

Only male elephants have tusks

People can hear elephants communicating with 'rumbles'

Elephants use mud as sunscreen

 

Why are people worried about the elephant?

[1]

They are all endangered

They are killed for their meat

They are hunted for their tusks

They only live in Africa and Asia

They live in herds

 

Elephants naturally use one tusk more than the other. 

 

Find the adjective which describes this preference.

[1]

 

 

According to the text, why are baby elephants taken from the wild?

[1]

 

To be cared for on 12th August

To be killed for their tusks

To be ridden by tourists

To be sold to tourists

To be taken to zoos

 

Name two things people could do to halt the use of elephants for tourism and entertainment.

 

Explain why these two actions would be effective.

[3]

 

 

Why is it so important to spread awareness about elephant protection?

[3]

 

 

Why is World Elephant Day on 12th August necessary?

 

Explain your answer fully.

[4]

 

 

Find and copy the word in the text which means 'to meet'?

[1]

 

 

What is the closest meaning of the word content as it is used in this passage?

[1]

 

Upset

Included

Delighted

Satisfied

Pleased

 

Where, according to the passage, does Badger live?

[1]

 

His nest

The Wild Wood

The river

A boat

The forest

 

What does the Mole decide to do in this part of the extract?

[1]

Sit in an arm chair

Investigate the Wild Wood

Go boating at the Fiesta

Take a ramble along a dusty lane

Wait for the shepherd boy

 

Match the words from the passage with their closest synonyms in the context of the passage.

[1]

Column A

Column B

Resolution
Attacking
Drowsy
Smart
Radiant
Sleepy
Debonair
Bright
Battering
Decision

 

Which two colours are the plant Comfrey according to the text?

[1]

Pink

White

Purple

Green

Golden

 

How does Mole feel when he first enters the Wild Wood?

 

Choose the three words which best describe his mood at this point.

[1]

 

Excited

Scared

Unworrried

Delighted

Curious

 

According to the text, what time of day is it when Mole begins to become scared?

 

Choose the word which fits best with the description in the text. 

[1]

Lunchtime

Early evening

Mid afternoon

Midnight

Mid morning

 

What does the line, 'the light seemed to be draining away like flood-water.' suggest?

[1]

Mole could see light in a drain

There has been a flood

The water in dark

It is becoming light

It is becoming dark

 

What is the Mole scared by in the Wild Wood?

 

Choose three options. 

[3]

 

The rabbit.

The faces.

The whistling.

The trees.

The pattering.

 

Is Rabbit helpful to Mole?

 

Explain why you think this, giving an example. 

[2]

 

 

What do you think the Rabbit is doing when he comes across Mole and how does he feel?

 

Explain your understanding with examples from the text in your own words. 

[4]

 

 

How is Mole feeling about Rat and the Wild Wood by the end of this passage?

 

Explain why you think this. 

[2]

 

 

 

Find and copy a word in the text which means exact.

[1]

 

 

 

Which occasions, according to the text, is this recipe recommended for?

[1]

 

Afternoon tea

Christmas

A birthday

Easter

Halloween

Which of the following utensils are required for this recipe, according to the text?

[1]

 

Wooden spoon

Metal spoon

Saucepan

Cooling rack

Skewer

 

Choose a word from the text which is an antonym for the word dull.

[1]

 

Glossy

Shiny

Smooth

Firm

Combined

 

When should the cake be decorated, according to the instructions?

[1]

 

Before baking

Once the cake it baked

Once the icing is thickened

Once the cake is cool

Once the chocolate is melted

Match the suggestions and instructions in the text with the reasons given.

[1]

 

Column A

Column B

Avoid opening the oven door
For a rich, deep flavour
Tap the bottom of the pan
To avoid a dense cake
Use room temperature eggs
Baking will be uneven
Use sandwich tins
To avoid leaking
Use high quality cocoa
To eliminate any air bubbles

 

Find and copy the noun phrase used to describe the 'Tips and Tricks' which suggest that these are not generally known.

[1]

 

 

 

Find the verbs in instruction eight.

[1]

 

Spread a little chocolate icing over the top of one of the chocolate cakes, then carefully top with the other cake.

 

Why do you think that the word carefully has been used twice in these instructions?

 

What does it tell you about the cake?

[1]

 

It is fluffy rather than dense

It is delicious

It may contain air bubbles

It will be hot

It is delicate

 

Match the adjectives with the nouns they describe in the text. 

[1]

 

Column A

Column B

Altering
Batter
Transferred
Icing
Swap
Milk
Run
Knife
Spread
Temperature

 

Why do you think it would be 'tempting' to open the oven door?

 

Why has this word been used in the tips and tricks section and how does it affect the tone of the text?

[2]

 

How does the instruction section compare to the tips and tricks section in terms of sentence structure and formality?

[2]

 

 

Rewrite the final tip as a 'What to do' type statement, rather than a 'What not to do' statement. 

[2]

 

  • Question 1

 

What is the meaning of the word distinctive as used in the text?

[1]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Characteristic
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is characteristic. If something is distinct then it is a characteristic to a particular person, object or animal.
  • Question 2

 

Where can African Elephants be found?

[1]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Sub-Saharan Africa region
Sahei Desert
West African fainforests
EDDIE SAYS
The African elephant can be found in the following places: • Sub-Saharan African region • Sahei desert • West African rainforests The text does not mention South African beaches or Central American Rivers.
  • Question 3

 

According to the text, why is there some controversy among Elephant experts?

[1]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Some experts believe that African and Asian elephants are separate species
EDDIE SAYS
Some experts believe that African and Asian elephants are separate species. The other answer options are based on facts given or suggested in the text. Always check that your answer matches the question.
  • Question 4

 

Which is the best synonym for the word essential?

[1]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Necessary
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is necessary. Necessary and essential are both words used when something is definitely needed. E.g. Tusks are essential for elephants as they enable the animal to protect itself.
  • Question 5

 

According to the text, what is unexpected about the African Elephant?

[1]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Its ears resemble the shape of the continent of Africa
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is: Its ears resemble the shape of the continent of Africa. The text says, 'Surprisingly, the ears of the African elephant resemble the shape of the continent of Africa.' The word 'surprisingly' gives us a clue that this fact might be unexpected.
  • Question 6

 

Which of the following statements suggest that elephants are social creatures?

[1]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
They use their trunks to greet one another
The experience grief due to loss
EDDIE SAYS
There are two statements which suggest that elephants are social creatures: • They use their trunks to greet one another. • The experience grief due to loss. Both of these statements suggest that elephants have relationships and experience emotions towards one another.
  • Question 7

 

Choose the true statements below.

[1]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Elephants can smell water
Elephants use mud as sunscreen
EDDIE SAYS
The following statements are true: • Elephants can smell water. • Elephants use mud as sunscreen. The following statements are false: • All elephants are endangered. • Only male elephants have tusks. • People can hear elephants communicating with 'rumbles'.
  • Question 8

 

Why are people worried about the elephant?

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
They are hunted for their tusks
EDDIE SAYS
The reason why people are worried about elephants is that they are hunted for their tusks. They do live in herds and are found in Africa and Asia but these are not reasons to be concerned about them.
  • Question 9

 

Elephants naturally use one tusk more than the other. 

 

Find the adjective which describes this preference.

[1]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Dominant
EDDIE SAYS
The correct adjective is dominant. Elephants have a dominant tusk, just like humans have a dominant hand (left or right).
  • Question 10

 

According to the text, why are baby elephants taken from the wild?

[1]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
To be ridden by tourists
EDDIE SAYS
According to the text, baby elephants are taken from the wild to be ridden by tourists. It tends to be older elephants who are killed for the ivory in their tusks as baby elephants have smaller tusks.
  • Question 11

 

Name two things people could do to halt the use of elephants for tourism and entertainment.

 

Explain why these two actions would be effective.

[3]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The two things people could do are: • Stop participating in elephant rides when on holiday. • Stop visiting circuses where elephants are kept for entertainment. The reason that these two things would be effective in reducing elephant tourism is that if people are less interested in visiting such atractions there will be less need for elephnats to betaken from the wild.
  • Question 12

 

Why is it so important to spread awareness about elephant protection?

[3]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
There are three main points needed here. 1. Elephants are magnificent creatures and should not be harmed. 2. Elephants are an important part of our ecosystem. 3. Without elephants, other species could become extinct.
  • Question 13

 

Why is World Elephant Day on 12th August necessary?

 

Explain your answer fully.

[4]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
In your answer you should have mentioned four of the following to gain four marks: • raising awareness • elephant extinction • entertainment industry abuse • illegal wildlife trade • the effects of elephants becoming extinct on the ecosystem and other species • cruelty to animals
  • Question 14

 

Find and copy the word in the text which means 'to meet'?

[1]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Acquaintance
EDDIE SAYS
The correct word choice is acquaintance. At the beginning of the excerpt we read 'The Mole had long wanted to make the acquaintance of the badger.' This means that the mole had wanted to meet the badger for a long time.
  • Question 15

 

What is the closest meaning of the word content as it is used in this passage?

[1]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Satisfied
EDDIE SAYS
The word closest in meaning to content is satisfied. Mole is clearly disappointed but has no choice but to accept Rat's explanation.
  • Question 16

 

Where, according to the passage, does Badger live?

[1]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
The Wild Wood
EDDIE SAYS
Badger lives in The Wild Wood. This is mentioned in the paragraph after the dialogue between Mole and Rat.
  • Question 17

 

What does the Mole decide to do in this part of the extract?

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
Investigate the Wild Wood
EDDIE SAYS
The answer is b. Investigate the Wild Wood. Near the end of the passage, while Rat is asleep, Mole decides to 'explore the Wild Wood, and perhaps strike up an acquaintance with Mr Badger.'
  • Question 18

 

Match the words from the passage with their closest synonyms in the context of the passage.

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Resolution
Decision
Drowsy
Sleepy
Radiant
Bright
Debonair
Smart
Battering
Attacking
EDDIE SAYS
In the context of the passage the best synonyms are: • resolution = decision • drowsy = sleepy • radiant = bright • debonair = smart • battering = attacking
  • Question 19

 

Which two colours are the plant Comfrey according to the text?

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
White
Purple
EDDIE SAYS
The correct colours are purple and white. We know this because the text says: 'Comfrey, the purple hand-in-hand with the white, crept forth...'
  • Question 20

 

How does Mole feel when he first enters the Wild Wood?

 

Choose the three words which best describe his mood at this point.

[1]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Excited
Unworrried
Curious
EDDIE SAYS
As Mole first enters the Wild Wood he feels excited, unworried and curious. We know this from the following lines: • 'There was nothing to alarm him at first entry.' • '... but that was all fun, and exciting. It led him on ...'
  • Question 21

 

According to the text, what time of day is it when Mole begins to become scared?

 

Choose the word which fits best with the description in the text. 

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
Early evening
EDDIE SAYS
The correct choice is early evening. In the text, we read 'The dusk advanced on him ... Then the faces began.'
  • Question 22

 

What does the line, 'the light seemed to be draining away like flood-water.' suggest?

[1]

CORRECT ANSWER
It is becoming dark
EDDIE SAYS
The correct option is 'It is becoming dark.' The author has used a simile here to show that the light is disappearing in the same way that flood water recedes quickly.
  • Question 23

 

What is the Mole scared by in the Wild Wood?

 

Choose three options. 

[3]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
The faces.
The whistling.
The pattering.
EDDIE SAYS
The Mole is scared of the faces, the whistling and the pattering while in the Wild Wood. He meets a rabbit and passes lots of trees but these are not what scares him.
  • Question 24

 

Is Rabbit helpful to Mole?

 

Explain why you think this, giving an example. 

[2]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Rabbit tries to help Mole by telling him, 'Get out of this, you fool, get out!' He is advising him to leave the area and suggesting he is foolish for being there in the first place!
  • Question 25

 

What do you think the Rabbit is doing when he comes across Mole and how does he feel?

 

Explain your understanding with examples from the text in your own words. 

[4]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
When Mole meets Rabbit in the Wild Wood, Rabbit is feeling scared and is running away from something. You would get one mark for saying this. You could use examples including the following to show your understanding: • That the rabbit is running fast, indicating that he is in a hurry. • His face was 'set and hard, his eyes staring.' indicating that he was concentrating and panicked. • He disappears into a burrow. • He tells Mole to leave the area. %bull; He thinks Mole is foolish to be in the Wild Wood. You would get one mark for each of the points above, up to a total of three.
  • Question 26

 

How is Mole feeling about Rat and the Wild Wood by the end of this passage?

 

Explain why you think this. 

[2]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
You would be awarded a point for saying that Mole feels regretful or that he is terrified on the Wild Wood. You would also be awarded a point for explaining that in the last line, Mole realises that Rat had been trying to protect him when he dissuaded him from entering the Wild Wood to try to meet Badger.
  • Question 27

 

 

Find and copy a word in the text which means exact.

[1]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Precise
EDDIE SAYS
The word precise is the correct answer here. When using the recipe, the advice given is to be precise when measuring out the ingredients.
  • Question 28

 

 

Which occasions, according to the text, is this recipe recommended for?

[1]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Afternoon tea
A birthday
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answers are afternoon tea and a birthday celebration. These two types of occasion are mentioned in the opening paragraph.
  • Question 29

Which of the following utensils are required for this recipe, according to the text?

[1]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Wooden spoon
Saucepan
Skewer
EDDIE SAYS
The text mentions a wooden spoon, saucepan and skewer. You could probably also use a metal spoon and cooling rack when making this recipe, but they are not mentioned in the text.
  • Question 30

 

Choose a word from the text which is an antonym for the word dull.

[1]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Glossy
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is glossy. The mixture will be smooth, glossy and thickened.
  • Question 31

 

When should the cake be decorated, according to the instructions?

[1]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Once the icing is thickened
EDDIE SAYS
The correct choice is once the icing is thickened. The recipe instructs the reader to set the icing aside 'for 1-2 hours, or until thick enough to spread over the cake.'
  • Question 32

Match the suggestions and instructions in the text with the reasons given.

[1]

 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Avoid opening the oven door
Baking will be uneven
Tap the bottom of the pan
To eliminate any air bubbles
Use room temperature eggs
To avoid a dense cake
Use sandwich tins
To avoid leaking
Use high quality cocoa
For a rich, deep flavour
EDDIE SAYS
The correct suggestions and reasons are as follows: • Avoid opening the oven door or baking will be uneven. • Tap the bottom of the pan to eliminate air bubbles. • Use room temperature eggs to avoid a dense cake. • Use sandwich tins to avoid leaking. • Use high-quality cocoa for a rich, deep flavour.
  • Question 33

 

Find and copy the noun phrase used to describe the 'Tips and Tricks' which suggest that these are not generally known.

[1]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Some insider baking secrets
Baking secrets
Insider baking secrets
EDDIE SAYS
The tips and tricks section of the text gives us 'some insider baking secrets'. This is a noun phrase because it describes the secrets (noun). The words insider and secrets suggest that not everyone knows these facts and suggestions!
  • Question 34

 

 

Find the verbs in instruction eight.

[1]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Spread a little chocolate icing over the top of one of the chocolate cakes, then carefully top with the other cake.
EDDIE SAYS
The words spread and top are verbs in this instruction. Both these words could also be used as nouns in other contexts so it is important to read carefully and consider the job each word is doing in the sentence.
  • Question 35

 

Why do you think that the word carefully has been used twice in these instructions?

 

What does it tell you about the cake?

[1]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
It is delicate
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is that the cake will be delicate. The word carefully is used in two instructions which involve moving or assembling the layers of cake. This suggests that the cake may break or become damaged if not handled with care.
  • Question 36

 

Match the adjectives with the nouns they describe in the text. 

[1]

 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Altering
Temperature
Transferred
Batter
Swap
Milk
Run
Knife
Spread
Icing
EDDIE SAYS
The verbs are used as follows: • altering the temperature • transferred the batter • swap out the milk • run the knife (around the tins) • spread the icing
  • Question 37

 

Why do you think it would be 'tempting' to open the oven door?

 

Why has this word been used in the tips and tricks section and how does it affect the tone of the text?

[2]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
You could explain that when baking a cake, it is tempting to open the oven door to check on the progress of the cake and see if it is cooked yet. You should also explain that the author has used this phrase to make the recipe informal and chatty.
  • Question 38

How does the instruction section compare to the tips and tricks section in terms of sentence structure and formality?

[2]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
You would have been awarded one mark each for making any of the following points: • The instruction section uses numbers and is chronological. • The tips and tricks section uses longer sentences and explains why you could do certain things. • The instruction section uses imperative verbs and shorter sentences. • The tips and tricks section is less formal than the instruction section. • The tips and tricks section is optional. • The instruction section is necessary.
  • Question 39

 

Rewrite the final tip as a 'What to do' type statement, rather than a 'What not to do' statement. 

[2]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
You would be awarded two marks for writing something along the lines of this: Keep the oven door shut at all times to ensure the temperature stays the same and your cake is baked evenly! You must mention keeping the door shut, the temperature and the evenly baked cake. The statement must be written in a positive tone, so users do, rather than don't and must rather than mustn't!
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