We were on the search for something that would better prepare our pupils for the reading test at the new expected standard. Rising Stars tests seemed to most closely reflect the challenge of the new papers. We used Rising Stars Reading Progress Tests across school during the year and then Year 6 used the Optional Tests to help them prepare specifically for the SATs in May. By the day of the reading test the children were so used to tackling the challenging texts that they were unfazed by the 2017 papers. The children were more confident and relaxed during and after the SATs which was in stark contrast to the shell-shocked faces we saw when confronted with the 2016 tests. We felt so relieved that we had prepared our children well for the new demanding tests and an important part of this was certainly the use of the Rising Stars Optional Tests.