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How do YOU feel about Sats tests?

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Today's a big day for some of you, because it's the first day of the Sats tests.

Not all of you have to take them, but lots of 11-year-olds in England, and some in Wales, will be having their reading, writing, maths and science skills put to the test.

But we want to know what you think about exams.

Perhaps you've worked hard getting ready for the Sats, and feel really stressed out.

Or maybe you're not worried about taking them, and haven't bothered doing any extra work at all!

Whatever your views, email and let us know.

This topic is now closed. Please look at the chat page for other things to talk about.

Your comments

"I'm taking exams this week and they are so stressful! I mean, it's good practise for the future, but I have already done exams last year and we've got to do them again this year. And I'm almost finished with them and all you can do is do your best!"

Ed, 12, Brighton, England

"There is no need to worry about Sats. All you need to do is try your best. Good luck!"

Richard, 9, Maidstone, England

"I have had to do Sats this year, even though I am nine and they are optional and very stressful as well."

Charlotte, 9, Ely, England

"SATS ARE STRESSFUL!!! This week I have had Sats and feel under a lot of pressure and stress. I feel very nervous about what I have achieved and if I do not get a high score I will feel disappointed and upset. Therefore, Sats are a BAD IDEA!!!"

Katie, 11, Rowley Regis, England

"Sats are good because they tell you where you will be next year."

Emily, 11, Birmingham, England

"I hate Sats, but I understand that they help you for your next school."

Sophie, 11, Wycombe, England

"I have done my reading comprehension today and I found it easy, but it was very stressful for some kids. Why do you need to do it though?"

Angus, 11, Norfolk, England

"Sats are really bad because me and my friends have been pressured by teachers to get everything right. It makes me feel really bad though, when I don't live up to their expectations."

Alex, 10, Lewes, England

"Well, I haven't done Sats because I live in Northern Ireland. I think it should be the same in the whole of the UK because Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland don't do them so why should England?"

Lily, 12, Bangor, Northern Ireland

"I have been doing my Sats for three days now and next I have to do a mental maths test, a maths paper A, and maths paper B. They are kinda good because I know that my predicted Sats results are levels 5 - 6, which basically means very good!!!"

Charlotte, 11, Essex, England

"I think that Sats shouldn't tell a parent how good their child is at school, they should only be for the Government to see the progression of the nation overall. There should be separate tests for children to take home that are in a wider range of subjects and are made for individuals with specific strengths and weaknesses. Tests like these are taken way too seriously, so much so that the idea of the test is completely destroyed. Sats don't measure how academically capable you are, they just see who is the most confident under stress."

Sumboy, 12, Redditch, England

"I'm doing my Sats this week and I'm really nervous. Most of my friends find it easy. I find it really hard!!!! I can wait for my results in July!"

Leigha, 11, Hayes, England

"The Sats are boring and unfair because every time we finish a subject we do the test for it. I also don't like them because parents really want you to get 100%. We are all getting happy about the end of year and the summer holidays, but these tests keep my spirits as low as the Earth's core."

Luka, 10, Hatfield, England

"Yes, because it's a week where we can sit down quietly and just do some work on our own."

Becky, 10, Leicester, England

"I think Sats are not fair, because when you first start primary school all the hard work is all to do with making the school look good by Sats."

Joe, 11, Hereford, England

"Sats are rubbish and I hate them. I don't know why we even do them, not everyone does."

Lucy, 10, Barnsley, England

"I don't see the point of the year nine Sats because they just waste time and you don't really gain much that you don't already know."

Eliza, 14, Worcester, England

"I think Sats are a waste of time and the teachers put too much pressure on us."

Christia, 10, Manchester, England

"I hate Sats! They put pressure on you. Today, I had my reading test. It was quite easy, but I am very scared about what my results will be because in September I start secondary school."

Emma, 10, Surrey, England

"I think Sats are wrong, because they make children stressed and if children are stressed then they will not be able to concentrate and study properly. I have exams regularly so I don't worry about them because I get used to them. All the results are added and at the end of the year the marks are totalled up to give the final result. It's a lot easier and really little chunks of Sats."

Christopher, 11, Murcia, Spain

"I don't have to worry about Sats until next year, but I think that it's not fair on the children because they miss their playtime. I'd go nuts if I miss my playtime!!"

Justine, 9, County Louth, Ireland

"I'm doing Sats at the moment. I thought that they were going to be a disaster, but they are so fun and easy."

Simran, 11, Southampton, England

"I think our teacher is putting us under too much pressure. She has made us do so many tests and everybody in the class does not have the energy to do the real ones. I think school should be about playing with your friends and having nice discussions and lessons, not TESTS TESTS TESTS TESTS TESTS."

Eilidh, 11, Nottingham, England

"Sats are a waste of time. All the teachers put lots of pressure on the children and really, it's not just to test yourself, it's to test the teachers too."

Haylwy, 11, Leighton-Buzzard, England

"I think that Sats are OK. Sometimes people stress out about them, but I don't think there is anything to actually stress about. My teacher doesn't want to do them, but he is. We only do them in the morning and we get as many ice-creams as we want on Friday, sweets after every test, two biscuits and juice after every test and we get to watch a Tom and Jerry cartoon or two before we start each test, so they are not that bad."

Katherine, 10, Bath, England

"I didn't actually do Sats. They didn't do them at my school!"

Annie, 11, Camberley, England

"Sats tests are hard, but you have to do them because teachers need to know how educated you are."

James, 10, Ramsgate, England

"I think Sats tests are good because they help the teachers know what we're struggling with. They are bad because sometimes they waste our playtime when we could be doing more interesting things."

Sam, 7, Hampshire, England

"I think Sats are good and bad! The only reason Sats are so important is because the government needs to see how well the school is doing. They are bad because children get really stressed out about ordinary tests. They're good because they give children a challenge and they can show off what they know!"

Fiona, 11, Newcastle, England

"I like tests because they make me happy when I pass."

Taylor, 9, Glasgow, Scotland

"I think Sats are a bad idea because they may put pressure on children who aren't as capable as others."

Maddy, 9, Gloucestershire, England

"I think Sats are nothing to worry about. I have done hard work and done my best and that's all you can do. The best thing to do is not worry."

Sophie, 11, Anglesey, Wales

"I find Sats make you full of stress and don't let you have a peaceful life. It is really scary."

Jeff, 6, Middlesex, England

"I am doing my Sats right now, but I think they are very easy. I don't feel pressured and I think it is important for the teacher to go on about it. I do get nervous before each test but I always feel they go well. Sats are a chance for you to show off what you can do."

Lydia, 11, Essex, England

"I LOVE SATS! They are fun. I may sound geeky but they are FAB! I have learnt so much and it's just so cool! YAY! No stress AT ALL!"

Louise, 11, Cheshire, England

"I hate tests because they make me disappointed. I worry in case I don't pass. I wish we never had tests."

Lauryn, 9, Glasgow, Scotland

"I think Sats are great fun. The worst part is revising for them! Oh no, reading test tomorrow!"

Holly, 11, Yorkshire, England

"I hate tests because they are always tricky and you have shorter playtime."

Bradley, 9, Bristol, England

"I seriously HATE them! It's study study study!!!!!!"

Anna, 12, Dublin, Ireland

"Ugggg they have those in the UK too? I thought they were only in the US. I hate them, they mess up everything and we all study really hard. All the teachers make it seem like a big deal and cram in every lesson in a week. But it's really easy when you take them."

Hayley, 11, San Francisco, USA

"Where I live tests are just given to us with NO revision. Our teacher calls them Sats but we have to do others as well."

Clare, 11, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland

"I don't think Sats are good because we are too young to do them. We should do Sats in year seven so we get a whole summer holiday to revise."

George, 11, Hampshire, England

"In Glasgow we do not get Sats, we get very hard tests called level tests. In Glasgow we hate our tests."

Shannon, 9, Glasgow, Scotland

"I'm in year seven so I've done my year six Sats. I can remember getting really worried about them, but it turned out they were not too bad. Just keep calm and try your best!"

Emily, 12, Tonbridge, England

"I'm enjoying the Sats, because I never know what is coming up. I'm enjoying the challenge and I like writing in the booklets!"

Josiah, 7, Truro, England

"I think it is a good because you get tested on what you've done over the year. But they could be easier."

Shelley-Marie, 10, Durham, England

"I feel Sats are really hard, but when you start doing them they are very easy so everybody who is doing them this year don't panic."

Josie-Leigh, 11, Manchester

"I hate Sats. All the naughty kids shout and scream through the test and it gets on my nerves!!!! Also, at the end of the week I'm very moody and usually tend to take my mood out on my mum, and I felt very sorry for her when I realised it wasn't her fault! I think schools should do two tests a day, and then have one day with no tests, then another lot of two Sats tests, and then one day with no tests. I just find it very hard to concentrate day after day after day!"

Danni, 13, Sandown, England

"Sats are very stressful, you have to revise thoroughly to achieve good marks. I believe Sats are very useful."

Ally, 13, London, England

"We have been revising since Christmas for Sats and everyone in my class is tired of revising so now we just want to get on with it!"

Mary, 11, Bridgwater, England

"I'm personally fed up with Sats. They either give you too much time or too little time."

Thomas, 11, Hednesford, England

"I think some tests can be easy, but some can be nerve-racking and Sats, which I am doing at school right now, are easier than you think."

Charlie, 11, London, England

"I live in Scotland, so I don't get Sats. But we are getting the National Tests at the moment, so I'm a bit nervous about that."

Bethany, 13, Argyll, Scotland

"I'm halfway through my Sats tests and they're very nerve-racking. I'm feeling stressed and they're pushing us too far."

Matt, 11, Lincoln, England

"Sats are easy, but they give me and a lot of other children stress. There should be only one test for each subject. That would make it much less stressful!"

Annie, 11, London, England

"I did my Sats last year in year six and I went in confident and got top marks! Be confident and you feel better!"

Amy, 12, Bristol, England

"Tests are basically what you cover throughout the whole year, but simply made harder to TEST US!"

Marriam, 12, Leicester, England

"Sats are FANTABITASTIC! They're a real opportunity for you to show off what you know and although they are hard and challenging (or so some people say) they can also be so much fun and very enjoyable. I think Sats are ACE."

Stephen, 11, Bentley, England

"I like it in a way because the teachers know how we are doing, but I don't like it because we are put under too much pressure. Also, it's unfair that only kids in England have to do Sats."

Lucy, 11, Wiltshire, England

"Tests are good to improve our brains, but no-one likes them because we could be out doing stuff we like."

Elloise, 10, Stroud, England

"I like Sats, because we get to bring in toys as mascots, and sweets and hot chocolate!!!!!!!!"

Lucy, 11, Nottingham, England

"I feel bored of Sats, because we've done it for so long now! I like spelling and the mental maths."

Lottie, 8, Chippenham, England

"I think Sats are a good way to show off your skills. However, I think teachers stress way too much about getting good results."

Ella, 11, London, England

"I felt really nervous, but I am glad it's over."

Melissa, 11, Liverpool, England

"I think just doing your best, it's enough. But study first!!"

Danielle, 12, Valinhos, Brazil

"I feel that tests should be banned because they are really hard and it proves how smart or dumb you really are."

Kieran, 10, Grantham, England

"I only do the QCA test, but next year I will be doing Sats and I am a bit scared. But before every test, I take a deep breath and relax and pretend I am on my own doing homework."

Amy, 10, Fareham, England

"I think Sats are just to test the teachers, but it still puts pressure on us."

Emma, 11, Huddersfield, England

"I took my year nine Sats last year, and I wasn't too bothered. I didn't revise at all for them. I don't think they're important enough to worry about!"

Dan, 14, Oswestry, England

"I get really under pressure in exams, because at my school we may have four in a row so I always get really tired."

Nancy, 10, Warwickshire, England

"Sats are hard, but you need to try your hardest because you are put into your groups in secondary school by them so TRY HARD. Don't copy other people's work because they may get it wrong, and if you thought about it you could have answered it correctly! I tried my hardest in mine, but I know I could have tried harder and got better marks."

Demelza, 12, Cornwall, England

"The Sats are OK, but when you go into the room and sit down my stomach turned over instantly. But at my school we were allowed to bring a teddy in, which was nice and reassuring. All you can really do is try your best and then you'll be fine!"

Anna, 11, Redhill, England

"In Guernsey, we don't have any Sats, but in year six we have the 11+ instead. I think this is a good idea."

Sydney, 12, St Peter Port, Guernsey

"Until now, it's been easy and OK, but maths and reading are still to come..."

Abs, 11, Greenwich, England

"I think they should be banned forever. My mum even thinks so."

Mell, 9, Southampton, England

"It is good to do Sats, because then you will know what sets you will be in, in high school."

Emma, 11, Luton, England

"The tests are good, but they make me feel nervous."

Sebastian, 10, Southend-on-Sea, England

"I get really stressed revising for tests and in high school you get moved sets and I want to be with my friends. We should just stay in the same class all the time."

Anne, 13, Rhyl, Wales

"I think Sats are a great way to show off your skills"

Aqab, 11, Oldham, England

"I'm doing my Sats tests at the moment and to keep myself from getting stressed out I think about all the good scores I will get if I work hard!"

Roberta, 11, St Albans, England

"I don't like tests a lot as they make me nervous and I can't sleep for weeks before them."

Lowri, 11, Maltraeth, Wales

"Sats are bad because they test you on nearly everything."

Robert, 9, Newcastle, England

"I had to do my Sats a year early. We only had to do maths and English, but we only had one lesson on most of the things in the exam."

Jess, 12, Halifax, England

"I think Sats are a waste of time and just get us stressed out. My teacher always talks about Sats, even though I'm in year eight!!!!"

Sophie, 12, England

"I hate them, but when they're over our year goes on holiday to Norfolk, so because of that I think that they are OK."

Cherrytree13, 11, Chessington, England

"I didn't even revise for mine and I got full marks. We got like an hour after every test to play outside."

Kevin, 12, Cardiff, Wales

"I think Sats are a good thing because it determines what group you go in, in your next school. No-one should moan because I've broken my hand and have to get the teacher to write it."

Chris, 11, Sunderland, England

"I think it is crazy how they are worrying about Sats so much. I did them in primary school and they were no problem for anyone I knew. I think that the politicians, parents and teachers should pay more attention to secondary school exams because they are much more important and even more stressful."

Hannah, 12, Belfast, Northern Ireland

"At the moment I am taking my Sats and they are so boring, all because our school has made us do tests for the last five weeks. They are now just dragging on. I can't wait till Friday!"

Georgina, 11, Birmingham, England

"Sats get me so stressed and we shouldn't have to have a load of pressure on us. Our teachers and parents know what we are capable of doing and because I'm getting nervous, I'm not doing as good as I should."

Courteney, 11, Birmingham, England

"I think all tests are a great idea. They let you and your teachers know how well you are doing in class and school, and if you need more help. I'm in year eight so I've got my year nine Sats coming up - they'll be a lot harder than in year six! So don't get all bitter about tests now - you've got LOADS more to come! BEST OF LUCK ON YOUR SATS YEAR SIX!"

Fay, 12, Burley-in-Wharfdale, England

"I'm in year seven now, but when I did my Sats it was fine. My sister, who is in year six, was so scared she had a panic attack, so don't get worried."

Catherine, 12, Sunderland, England

"I've done my Sats. They're not that hard, they just use the word to scare you. Don't worry about them, just do your best."

Georgy, 13, London, England

"I think Sats are OK, but some teachers put lots of pressure on us."

Helena, 10, Maidstone, England

"As long as kids with special needs get the right help, I'm not too fussed."

Callum, 13, Doncaster, England

"These tests are to find out where we are, so I like them."

Alex, 11, Chesterfield, England

"I think Sats are good, but we could do more fun activities afterwards like running about or PE to get some fresh air!!!"

Sue-ling, 10, New Malden, England

"We spent ages doing practice Sats when we could have been learning. Also, our Sats ran into our playtime. They're a waste of time."

Ginger, 11, Harpenden, England

"I think the tests are a bit boring, but they're good for you!"

Rosana, 12, Surrey, England

"I think Sats are a waste of time, because we don't work to the best of our ability because we are scared we might do really badly."

Matt, 13, Reading, England

"Sats are a bad idea because all year we are just building up to them instead of having fun!"

Holly, 11, Doncaster, England

"I love Sats. We only get two a day and get extra break time and extra toast and we get to feel all special and excited. Our school doesn't make it scary."

Georgia, 10, Stockport, England

"I can't wait for the end of the week, because we get to go bowling. I think that so far Sats have been easy."

Emily, 11, Hemel-Hempstead, England

"It's bad enough going to school, and now we have do tests."

Omayma, 11, Manchester, England

"I've just finished my year nine Sats and constantly revised, I still found them really hard! Plus, we ended up going back to lessons just for 10 minutes, how pointless. They just make you stressed!!!!"

Daniel, 13, Rothwell, England

"I have done my Sats and it was tiring, but they do help with later school life."

Ehren, 12, Hebden Bridge, England

"Sats are easy! I don't know why people complain about them!"

Fraser, 11, Banstead, England

"I've got my GCSE mocks and they were better than Sats. Sats are awful! GCSEs are so important and Sats do nothing! Get rid of them now!!"

Heather, 15, Lancaster, England

"Sats are really boring and you need more playtime to cool off."

T, 10, Hayes, England

"At school, we only did maths year 9 Sats, and to be honest I hardly revised or worried about them much because the day after I had to do my GCSE French Oral!"

Leilia, 13, London, England

"I think they're easy and there's no need to get stressed out by them. Just do your best, it's good enough."

Megan, 11, Warrington, England

"I think Sats are too stressful for under 14s and teachers. Don't worry about the Sats, they are easy."

Danielle, 13, Bexley, England

"I found Sats quite easy, but I did worry on the first day. I didn't revise and I still got good marks!"

Laura, 12, County Durham, England

"I think tests make you get nervous and worried. They make you feel under pressure and you don't get much free time at home because of revision!!!"

Sally, 14, Cheltenham, England

"I think Sats tests don't help you learn because they get you worried and nervous, which might not make you try your best in the tests."

Rosie, 8, Chester, England

"It does encourage you to work harder, but you can get worried and it stops you from doing other things in life."

Phoebe, 9, Torquay, England

"I want Sats, because they prepare you for your life."

Uroosa, 10, London, England

"I always do really badly in them."

Martha, 11, Cheltenham, England

"I've just completed my year nine Sats and I was not worried whatsoever. I understand that they are preparing me for exams like GCSEs and that it helps. I hate it that everyone on TV seems to be just concentrating on those people that get totally stressed, which I can tell you are the majority in my school. I don't see what the worry is!"

Charlotte, 13, Leicester, England

"I think Sats are too over-rated. Yes, they do let you see how well you have improved, but some pupils don't like being put under pressure. I have just done my year nine Sats and I believe it is easier to do work in a classroom, as we aren't allowed to speak or turn around, otherwise we get disqualified."

Mel, 13, Manchester, England

"I did my Sats last year. They were easier than I expected; knowing that we spent about five months revising for them."

Jonathan, 12, Cheltenham, England

"I wasn't too stressed about Sats when I did them because my big brother had loads of GCSEs, which I think are far more important, so all the attention went to him."

Sam, 12, Lincoln, England

"I am in the process of them at the moment. I don't mind them, although if I had the choice they should definitely be scrapped."

Natalie, 11, Kent, England

"My class is extremely noisy, and Sats tests are completely silent, apart from the occasional tap of a pencil on the desk, or coughing, sneezing or hiccupping. The calculator paper we did today was pretty hard, even though we got to use a calculator. Reading tests are simple as pie."

Gia, 10, Purley-on-Thames, England

"Sats are OK as long as the teachers don't put you under any pressure and only help you to do your best and do well."

Natalie, 11, Wallington, England

"I just finished my English longer writing and my shorter and my spelling. It was stressful."

Savannah, 10, Hull, England

"We did our English tests today and our science yesterday. We started a year six breakfast club and it helps to talk about Sats."

Stockwell Primary, year six, Hull, England

"I do not like them because it's testing the school not us. SO GET RID OF THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Will, 10, Suffolk, England

"We don't take Sats, we take national tests but we still get worried about them."

Elizabeth, 12, Helensburgh, Scotland

"I think tests are very, very great because we get breakfast and sweets."

Savannah, 10, Hull, England


Jonathan, 12, Chippenham, England

"Sats are annoying. Hardly anyone likes them. All they do is stress us out! We get annoyed with our teachers because they just tell us to do our best, then tell us after our best wasn't good enough! Why don't they just ban Sats!"

Rebecca and Ffion, 10, England

"I hate Sat. We are doing them right now and I don't like them. But it's good because we get sweets."

Jessica, 10, Hull, England

"I think if you are nervous it helps make you concentrate more. Also if you don't think of them until they come, you will be more relaxed. All you have to do is take a deep breath, walk into the room, sit down and just think the sooner you do them the quicker they're over. Just think they will help you get a job."

Emma, 11, Cresswell, England

"I didn't enjoy the Sats at all, they are a waste of time and have no meaning. And why is it just year 6? Why not year 5,4,7?"

Charlie, 11, Suffolk, England

"I think the practice Sats are harder than the actual Sats so the teachers work you really hard and give you more homework than usual for nothing!"

Molly, 11, Shrewsbury, England

"I love them! I can't wait to do more!!!"

Isfar, 13, West Yorkshire, England

"I think tests are hard and stressing."

Rizwan, 10, London, England

"I hate Sats."

Ben, 9, Jamaica

"We have all felt confident about taking our Sats this week because we are just being tested on what we have learned. Although we have all felt a bit anxious, overall it's been a good experience so far."

Light Green Class, Cockington Primary, age 10-11, Torquay, England

"I get a bit scared when I first start my Sats but I know that if I concentrate, I will be fine."

Flora, 11, Hampshire, England

"I think tests are boring but when it comes to it you have got to do it to get a good job."

Danielle, 12, Manchester, England

"To be honest I really don't like Sats. They are just a pain in the bottom."

Ellie, 10, Stroud, England

"I think Sats should be stopped or be changed to the winter because we have to sit inside doing Sats in a boiling hot classroom."

Elan, 14, Norwich, England

"Sats are just tests and all the revision annoys me. I'm not worried about them. I am just going to try hard."

Liam, 11, Barnsley, England

"I just do my best and that way I feel just fine :-)"

Amber, 9, Worcestershire, England

"I think there shouldn't be Sats in primary schools. When I was in primary school I used to get really stressed and worried about the results. When friends get better results than you, you feel really dumb and at the age of seven you shouldn't be feeling like that."

Cat, 14, Hertfordshire, England

"I want more Sats. They make us smarter."

Jacob, 12, Birmingham, England

"I think Sats are useful as they ensured that I was in the right classes when I arrived at high school."

Henry, 12, Oxford, England

"I think Sats are a load of rubbish and I think it's really unfair that Wales doesn't have to do them!"

Joe, 10, Cheshire, England

"I think they are a good idea because they make sure you know what you've been learning since year three. They can be quite stressful."

Felix, 11, Surrey, England

"I think Sats are good because they put you into sets when you're in high school. The Sats should be done nearer the end of year six so we have learnt everything."

Caz, 12, Lancashire, England

"I'm ok with Sats. We did two science tests today and our teacher gave us a reward, so it pays off!"

Harold, 11, Leeds, England

"I think Sats are not fair because the teachers could just look at your work and rate it at the end of the year."

Adam, 9, Hertfordshire, England

"I think Sats are good for younger children because they get them ready for the big exams they will HAVE to take later on."

Heather, 13, Poole, England

"I live in Scotland and we get PIPS tests (don't ask me what it stands for!). We don't get any time to prepare - we just suddenly get them."

Isabel, 10, Aberdeen, Scotland

"I think Sats are OK, they are just testing what we've learnt. We also get sweets and stuff after so it's not so bad!!"

Catriona, 11, Brighton, England

"I live in Scotland so I don't do Sats, but I am doing a lot of tests just now. The thing I really don't like about tests is all the revision; it takes up all your time!!"

Abbie, 13, Perth, Scotland

"I feel the schools put a lot of pressure on pupils, but they are a lot easier if you're not so nervous."

Lucy, 11, Lancashire, England

"What's the point? It's all for the school because when we go to senior school we get reassessed anyway!"

Henry, 10, Gloucestershire, England

"As long as you have revised properly you shouldn't worry."

Suzanne, 12, Hertfordshire, England

"I am ok with it... it's actually kind of fun!!!"

Charlotte, 11, Plymouth, England

"I moved away from England to Wales last year so I missed Sats (yes!). I feel sorry for my mates at my old school. We are doing a test called the N.F.E.R."

Ali, 11, South Glamorgan, Wales

"I find Sats quite easy... but I would prefer to go outside and play."

Claire, 11, Surrey, England

"I think Sats are a good idea because it lets your teacher know what you are struggling with."

James, 9, Sutton Coldfield, England

"I did my Sats last year and we were put under a lot of pressure, but they are really not that bad."

Emma, 12, Whitley Bay, England

"I think that year six shouldn't have to do exams, because it just isn't necessary. Also, there is a lot of pressure on every time you do a test."

Alfie, 11, Keighley, England

"Don't worry, just try."

David, 12, Cardiff, Wales

"Last year, I had to take the 11+ which I found much harder than the Sats. Right now, I'm worried about my school exams."

Gabby, 12, Kent, England

"I think Sats are a bad idea. Before I start I get really worried and when we do start my hands start sweating."

Liz, 8, Hertford, England

"I think Sats are not that bad, they are just hard."

Tori, 10, Hereford, England

"I am not worried about the Sats, but I think it's a bad idea because we could be learning much more important things than how to answer Sats questions."

William, 10, Dorking, England

"I'm in year seven, so I did my Sats last year, and all the practice papers are harder than the real thing. And Sats may seem big, but they're not that big really. It only says what classes you'll be in and high schools make sure that you're with your friends in a class of your ability."

Laura, 12, Norwich, England

"I'm now in year seven and I did Sats last year and my results were quite good so I'm happy about it. But when I was studying for Sats I was very scared and worried that I might get a rubbish result."

Beckii, 12, Birmingham, England

"It is only stressing when teachers go OTT about it, but it's not very hard. In the end, we love finding out how well we did."

Leydimila, 13, London, England

"Sats are a good idea because they let you know how well you're doing, but the weeks of special lessons preparing us for them is taking it too far. And it means it's not a fair test of how clever we are."

Charlotte, 12, Gloucester, England

"We had Sats last year and our teacher moved to France the month before, so we were all stressed with Sats and having a new teacher who we didn't know. Luckily, we all got through it and we had a really good time at the end of year six!"

Laura, 12, Devon, England

"Well, Sats aren't scary at our school. We have had a lot of practice so none of us have worried and been fine so far. So we don't really see the point of being scared!!"

Laura, 11, Norfolk, England

"The first papers were science and my whole class found them average to easy. Fingers crossed for the short and long task and spellings tomorrow."

Evie, 11, Ipswich, England

"Even though I'm only in year eight and I have got my exams coming soon, I am really scared because this year I want to be prepared for year nine Sats and I want to get really good marks. I want to improve."

Layla, 13, London, England

"I think Sats will stress you a lot. Even though I'm only in year five I am worrying now and my cousin is starting her Sats on her birthday!"

Zoe, 9, Gateshead, England

"Sats just make you paranoid. They make you feel very nervous and scared."

Kareem, 11, Northampton, England

"I think that Sats are a good way to see what level you're at, but they are a bit of a waste of time because you could be learning more things."

Georgia, 10, Truro, England

"I am a bit nervous, but I got through today OK."

Victoria, 11, Crowthorne, England

"I'm worried about tests too. Ours aren't Sats but they're exams and I feel that if I don't do well, I'll let my parents down. I also feel that too much pressure is put on people to do well and most parents forget that A is excellent and B is good and C is satisfactory. If a child gets a C, the parent/s might moan at them and the child might get upset."

Dannie, 13, Rugby, England

"I have done the first two science tests now so now I need to do my English and maths! I hate maths tests!"

Ronan, 11, Leek, England

"Sats are a nightmare. They are pointless and exhausting."

James, 13, Aldershot, England

"I think they are good, but it should be one test a day and year six should get lots of extra playtime or bonus' to take the pressure off you."

Calum, 10, London, England

"I think Sats are a bad idea. I have my long writing task tomorrow and I'm not looking forward to it at all."

Liberty, 11, Rotherham, England

"I've started my Sats and I'm very worried. Will I get the grades that I deserve!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Tommy, 11, Cardiff, Wales

"I think Sats should be treated like normal end-of-year tests. I haven't had much stress, but the bit of it I had has actually come from the mounds of revision I had to do."

Caitlin, 11, Derby, England

"I think that Sats are great, because it is your chance to show off what you are capable of."

Kira, 11, Coventry, England

"I don't like doing Sats tests because I don't like to see my score and I don't like staying silent for it because I am tempted to talk or mumble."

Kayleigh, 12, Guernsey, Channel Islands

"I like the Sats!!!!! I don't know why? Today, I did both the science papers and I found them quite easy and I didn't struggle."

Grenny, 11, Cheshire, England

"The Sats are quite stressful, especially when I am thinking of a hard question."

Carey, 11, Peckham, England

"I had the science Sats paper today and I'm really nervous about the result. However, I dread the English!!!"

Savannah, 11, Manchester, England

"My class have settled down to a week of tests and the questions are so hard, even after a week of revising. I definitely think they are too much pressure on kids."

Molly, 7, Keighley, England

"I've done Sats today, but they make me stressed and I couldn't concentrate."

Alice, 6, Swadlincote, England

"I don't mind Sats. Part of the science paper today was about penguins and they're my favourite animal. At the end of our Sats week, we get to put up tents on the school field and bring games consoles, i-pods, sweets etc in! Also, in the mornings, we get extra breakfast in our classroom."

Rachel, 11, Kelsall, England

"I think that revising for Sats is more stressful than actually doing them! The tests themselves are easy and fun, but the revising is stressful and boring."

Logan, 10, Hull, England

"I started my Sats today and I didn't find them too hard, but I believe they shouldn't put children under the pressure of taking Sats."

Matthew, 10, St Annes, England

"I think Sats are OK because you get to show off your skills and also you can see what you can tackle for secondary school."

India, 10, Durham, England

"I have just done my KS3 Sats and I think they put children through unnecessary stress and pressure. They only benefit the school and not us so why should we have to spend our time revising just to enable the school to look good."

Emily, 13, Buckinghamshire, England

"Calling all year fives, do not get scared, there is nothing to worry about. I took my science test and it was easier than the practices."

Eric, 11, Derby, England

"Sats are easier than you think. I do not know what all the fuss is about."

Ben, 11, Manchester, England

"I took mine this time last year and I feel that they were hard at the time, but now I feel they went quick! I think they shouldn't stop, because people my age and over had to take them. So people in the future should take them too. Good luck to anyone taking their Sats this week! There's nothing to worry about."

Jordan, 12, Southampton, England

"I'm only in year four and I have to do Sats. I find it really stressing, but sometimes I do quite well. They're called OPTIONAL Sats, but you can't choose whether you do them or not so call them un-optional Sats. It's not fair."

Alix, 9, Roachdale, England

"I think no-one likes Sats tests, but if we want to have a good job then we have to do them."

Haydn, 10, Skelmersdale, England

"I think Sats tests are good to help teachers find out how well we're doing so they can help us a lot more. But sometimes you can get too many tests."

Shane, 13, Liverpool, England

"I am doing my practise papers and I'm not scared about the real thing. The teachers just want to know how we are doing."

Emily, 9, Lymington, England

"I've already had my Sats and they make it out to be hard, but they aren't. Don't worry."

Jordan, 11, Norwich, England

"I do not think tests like Sats should be banned because otherwise people will have no reason to learn because they won't be tested on skills and subjects."

Eve, 12, Brighton, England

"I don't really like Sats, I think they should just let us have fun and there is no need for them. They are too hard."

Hannah, 11, Rochdale, England

"I feel worried about what my results will be in my science test."

Amiee, 11, Worcestershire, England

"I think they are good because you can see what you get on your Sats and then what you got wrong. You can go back and learn more about them. And you can learn more on that subject you didn't do well in."

Kayleigh, 11, Skegness, England

"I find Sats really easy and they don't worry me at all. I just think of happy things, take a few deep breaths and get on with it."

Lucy, 11, Paignton, England

"Today I had to sit a science Sats test and because I was so stressed I felt sick and had a really bad headache."

Janki, 11, West Bromwich, England

"I feel fine about Sats and they're nothing to worry about."

Jessica, 7, Yorkshire, England

"They do help you but it worries children that they'll get them wrong."

Chloe, 10, Worcestershire, England

"I live in Ireland so we don't do Sats but tomorrow we have our first lot of Drumcondra tests. They are hard but we only do English and Maths so it's not too bad!"

Aisling, 11, Galway, Ireland

"When I took my Sats I was really nervous. Don't be. Although Sats are a big deal you just need to chill out before. Have a cold drink and just chat to your mates so that you can go in feeling fresh and happy."

Amber, 11, Wellingborough, England

"It doesn't matter what amount we have because we're learning, but we need more time to do it."

Elle-Mae, 10, Worcestershire, England

"I think they are a bad idea as they are not actually testing the children but testing how well the school teaches you. I have my writing ones tomorrow but I'm not nervous because my teacher has given me lots of tips."

Erin, 13, Surrey, England

"Get rid of Sats. Kill off those horrible tests. I hate the maths one."

Linda, 10, Grimsby, England

"Annoyed they only make you do them for the school's performance and rates in the country. It isn't to help us with our education."

Amy, 14, Stockport, England

"I started my Sats today, and I thought that they didn't put me under any pressure at all. Of course this changes according to which person is doing them. I had loads of relaxation time on Sunday, and I think I did really well!"

Amyna, 11, London, England

"They are easier than the practise Sats, and a complete waste of time and energy."

Remmy, 11, Wetherby, England

"I start my Sats today as well."

Teegan, 6, Durham, England

"Why is everyone saying 'I hate Sats'? It really helps you in a lot of things. I am taking my major Sats this week, which are sent to my future high school. I find the tests easy, because I have a good teacher. Sats aren't really bad, and I find them fine!"

Sarah, 11, Leeds, England

"Sats put students under too much stress and interfere with kids' social lives."

Chris, 12, Ickenham, England

"I think that Sats are a bad idea because it adds pointless exam strain when they do not affect your secondary school mark."

Jack, 10, Surrey, England

"Year 6 pupils in our class don't like them. Year 5 pupils are generally looking forward to them. Our class teacher thinks they will change their minds when the time arrives!"

Class AA, 10-11, Tunbridge Wells, England

"I was crying my eyes out the other day but now I have done two tests I feel WAY more relaxed. And they were easy! Guess I underestimate my brain power! LOL D="

Aly, 11, Reading, England

"I am soooo nervous. Tomorrow is our maths test and I don't think I will pass. What is the point of SATS? I have never had SATS before but everyone who has done it says it is easy. So bye and good luck everyone on your SATS and exams!!!"

Chelsey, 10, Berkshire, England

"You are always stressed and it's only for the school's benefit."

Charlotte, 11, Reading, England

"I find test week really scary and I don't like it, it really shakes me."

Elliott, 11, West Yorkshire, England

"I felt nervous and worried by the SATS exam. When you have done some you get use to it and you do not get very nervous."

Leticia, 11, Madrid, Spain

"I think Sats are quiet hard but are good for your learning."

Nicolas, 11, Mitcham, England

"I have to take Sats this week and they are very boring."

Polly, 11, Bristol, England

"I was nervous about the SATS but they are to help you to go on for secondary school and then you are prepared for the bigger exams."

Javier, 10, Madrid, Spain

"I was really worried about them but it is stupid to panic about the Sats."

Rita, 10, Madrid, Spain

"I find tests really pressurising and scary because you don't know your results."

Adnan, 13, Banbury, England

"When I did my SAT'S I was really worried but looking back there wasn't really anything to worry about. My sister said it's the GCSEs that count in later life, not your SATS results."

Elaine, 13, Portsmouth, England

"We have worked hard towards our Sats, but now the week is here it's not that bad. We have improved our learning and this week we can show off what we have learned - it may crack our brains but we have to do it whatever it takes!"

Class 6P, 10 and 11, Hull, England

"I think you should be judged on the work you do in class, not in an exam!"

Callum, 13, Bristol, England

"I live in Dubai but I still get Sats tests. I found them easy thanks to my mum and dad. The weekend before the tests we went through everything I learnt in school. I thought it was really helpful."

Maddie, 10, Dubai

"Sats are very stressing and put you under a lot of unnecessary pressure."

Chloe, 13, Derbyshire, England

"I think it is a waste of time. It's a waste of lesson time and they are boring."

Stuart, 12, North Yorkshire, England

"The amount of pressure put on pupils by teachers to perform well during Sats is ridiculous! Even the highest-levelled pupils at my school were made to do an extra 3 hours of school work each week for Sats. Yes, if they want to test the school, test them. But putting huge amounts of pressure on us? It's pathetic."

Charlii, 14, Norwich, England

"I think Sats are good because then your secondary school knows what you are capable of."

Ashley, 12, North Yorkshire, England

"I love Sats. I believe they are good and there is no reason to get stressed, as they are only testing the school. It doesn't effect you!"

Emma, 10, London, England

"I think that Sats are bad. They make you all stressed out and worried which makes you do extra revision, which then means that you are overloaded with information and you will probably forget everything. I think they should go."

Megan, 12

"I never care what I get."

Edward, 14, Hampshire, England

"We don't do SATS in our special school, but we did in Primary. Some of us found them hard and boring. Some of us learnt more from the questions and enjoyed them."

Class 6, 10-12, Bath, England

"We have just done our reading tests today and I thought it would be easy, but it was actually very hard. So I think - I HATE SATS!"

Laura, 10, Rochdale, England

"I think SATS are just BORING. Same with homework."

Bradley, 10, Bradford, England

"I don't think it is right because when you are young it is well scary. But I don't get scared."

Katie, 14, Uttoxeter, England

"I did my Sats last year and I didn't think they were that bad. And they are useful to prepare you for tests that you will have to have in the future, when they are very serious exams otherwise it would be even scarier then!"

Pippa, 11, Rothwell, England

"I think that children all over England are tested too much. I am home-educated, so I don't have to do Sats exams."

Olivia, 11, Bury, England

"I feel nervous about Sats, it is quite frightening. I am also looking forward to my marks that I get in the Sats."

Al-amin, 11, Rochdale, England

"I always get scared at first, but afterwards, I sometimes just feel like I have a weight off my chest."

Kath, 11, Teddington, England

"Don't worry - ask your mum/dad for a bit of help every day after school."

Ruby, 12, Stoke on Trent

"I have done Sats they are easy no one should worry about them like they do!!!"

Lauren, 12, London

"They stress you out too much and don't help you learn. Your teachers already know what you're good at, they don't need a test to show that. I have just done Sats and was worried sick about them."

Chelsea, 13, Nuneaton, England

"I don't think Sats are a bad idea. I actually think they benefit you in year 10 and 11 when you are doing your coursework. It gets you in the mind frame and goes a long way. Take it from someone with experience."

Mona, 14, Manchester, England

"Well I think Sats are hard. I try my hardest and you should try your best because it does not matter what your score is, as long as you tried, that is all that matters."

Rebecca, 11, Chorley, England

"I am not taking the Sats, as I am home-educated. But I think that they are a good idea as they are a child's first formal exam."

Alice, 11, Harlow, England

"I am doing them this week, I am fine!"

Jonathan, 11, Leicester, England

"We always have end-of-year tests, and it sounds like we do Sats. It'll be my turn to do Sats next year, and it sounds pretty tough from the way people talk about it."

Lauren, 10, Penarth, Wales

"Our teacher said she wasn't going to mention Sats 'til after Christmas; so we didn't stress until then. But Sats are needed for our benefit and our teachers, to see how good we are."

Amy, 11, Knutsford, England

"I have 3 exams today! I think that they are a waste of time, and they just put you under stress! Our exams are in the middle of lunchtime and break so we miss out on our time off!"

Hazel, 11, Hampshire, England

"The tests stress loads of people out in my school. I can't even play out much because I'm revising!"

Julie, 11, London, England

"Sats are very unfair for children our age because in yr 9 we'll be doing Sats again and then GCSE's."

Maria, 11, Birmingham, England

"I hate Sats. I am starting them this week and I want them banned!"

Spence, 11, County Durham, England

"I just had my Sats and they were pretty awful. Some of my friends got really stressed before and made themselves ill. I just revised a lot like our teachers told us to."

Olivia, 13, Devon, England

"I don't like Sats, but I think no one likes doing Sats."

Kieran, 11, Ipswich, England

"Mine start today and I am only a bit worried about the science test."

Sophia, 11, Bristol, England

"I am not very good at Maths and it's really scary to have both my Maths tests on Wednesday."

Reece, 10, County Durham, England

"Sats are quite worrying because you are scared that you have forgotten something and will get it wrong, and also teachers are quite scary during these tests."

Alex, 11, Derbyshire, England

"I feel so stressed about Sats and I feel worried about what my results are going to be, my Dad says do my best."

Kieran, 10, Derby, England

"I'm in year 9 and I did my Sats last week. I was worried at first but as soon as they started they were fine. Remember it's not the end of the world if you don't do well in your Sats. They are not that important"

Lucy, 13, England