Key Stage 1 and 2 grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS) tests

Get to grips with the KS1 and KS2 grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS) tests. Understand which pupils they apply to and the format of the tests.

Last reviewed on 1 November 2023See updates
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Contents
  1. Key Stage (KS) 1 GPS tests are optional
  2. KS2 GPS tests are statutory for schools that follow the ARA 
  3. Format of the KS1 tests
  4. Format of KS2 tests
  5. Sample papers

Key Stage (KS) 1 GPS tests are optional

Schools can choose whether to administer the English grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS) tests.

You'll receive test materials in school between 22 and 26 April 2024.

Use the Primary Access Gateway (PAG) to:

  • Decline paper copies of the optional test papers (maintained schools and academies)
  • Order modified versions of the test papers (maintained schools and academies)
  • Order standard and modified versions of the test papers (independent schools)
  • Order standard and modified versions of the test papers, for pupils working at the standard of the tests and able to access them (special schools, pupil referral units (PRUs) and secure units)

This information comes from the 2024 optional Key Stage 1 tests guidance.

KS2 GPS tests are statutory for schools that follow the ARA 

Maintained schools 

The KS2 assessment and reporting arrangements (ARA) is statutory for maintained schools, including maintained special schools, with pupils in KS2.

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