On Wednesday and Thursday year 6 children in England’s primary schools will take their Sats maths test.

If you haven’t had children in the English education system for a while, or even at all, you might be curious about what 11-year-olds are expected to know about maths. So below is a sample of the types of questions they will face. Pupils will take 110 minutes of tests, divided into three papers over two days and containing a total of 83 questions. They are not allowed calculators and, unlike our online quiz, they will not face multiple choice questions.

While we can’t replicate exam conditions, try our quiz, which uses sample questions from key stage 2 maths papers, to see if you’re smarter than a year 6 pupil. Good luck!

1.We’ll start with some questions from the arithmetic paper. In this paper, children have to answer 36 questions in 30 minutes. Yes, less than a minute per question. They aren’t allowed a calculator, and they don’t get multiple choice options like you do in this quiz. So let's go: 707 + 1,818 =

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2.What is 2.7 + 3.014?

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3.How much is 45% of 460?

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4.This sum involves fractions. What is 1/4 + 1/5 + 1/10?

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5.More fractions. What is 4/6 x 3/5? And no, you are not allowed to Google 'How to multiply fractions'. Do it from memory

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6.Now try: 50 + (36 ÷ 6)

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7.You won't be able to show your working, but in the Sats test you are expected to do long division. What is the answer to this?

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8.How much is 505 ÷ 1

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9.Now on to questions from the second paper. Children get 40 minutes, no calculator, and they have to show their working. Which you can’t do online, but we’ll trust you. If a cat sleeps for 12 hours each day, then 50% of its life is spent asleep. A koala sleeps for 18 hours each day – lucky thing – how much of its life is spent asleep?

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10.The World Cup is nearly upon us. So it is very important for parents that children understand just how expensive it is to collect the stickers. Ally and Jack buy some stickers. Ally buys a pack of 12 stickers for £10.49. Jack buys 12 single stickers for 99p each. How much more does Jack pay than Ally?

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11.Fill in the missing numbers. How else could you write 60 months, 72 hours and 84 days?

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12.Who knew that 11-year-old children were still expected to be able to answer questions on Roman numerals? Can you? Here's the question: 'At the end of a film, the year is given in Roman numerals. Write the year MMVI in figures.'

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13.Layla completes one and a half somersaults in a dive. How many degrees does Layla turn through in her dive?

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14.This table shows the heights of three mountains. How much higher is Mount Everest (8,848 metres) than the combined height of the other two mountains, Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895 metres) and Ben Nevis (1,344 metres)?

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15.Here is a rule for the time it takes to cook a chicken: 'Cooking time = 20 minutes plus an extra

40 minutes for each kilogram'. How many minutes will it take to cook a 3kg chicken?

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16.And if 'cooking time = 20 minutes plus an extra 40 minutes for each kilogram', then what is the mass of a chicken that takes 100 minutes to cook?

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17.Which of these shapes are three-quarters shaded?

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18.OK, now some questions from the third paper. No calculators and no multiple choice for the kids. And unlike you, they have to show their working and can't Google the formula. So let's start with this: A bicycle wheel has a diameter of 64cm. What is the radius of the bicycle wheel?

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19. Which of these letters has both parallel and perpendicular lines? A C E L Z

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20.Calculate the width (w) of one shaded rectangle.

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21.Cube A and cuboid B have the same volume. Calculate the missing length on cuboid B.

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22.A group of friends earns £80 by washing cars. They share the money equally. They get £16 each. How many friends are in the group?

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23.Here is a pattern of number pairs. Complete the rule for the number pattern.

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24.This graph shows the temperature in °C from 2am to 3pm on a cold day. How many degrees warmer was it at 3pm than at 3am?

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25.At 6pm the temperature was 4 degrees lower than at 3pm. What was the temperature at 6pm?

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So there you go. Obviously it’s not a realistic recreation of the experience the children will be having over the two days, but it is an indication of the kind of level expected of them.

And there are several questions contained in the papers, like the one below, that test types of maths reasoning that it is hard to render in an online multiple quiz format.

A triangle translation question from last year’s Sats maths papers. Photograph: Crown Copyright

And if you didn’t do that well, remember these words of encouragement from a teacher whose letter to pupils went viral: “These tests only measure a little bit of you.”

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