Kent Test

If you want to apply for a Year 7 place at a Kent grammar school, you can register your child for the Kent Test. The test assesses whether grammar school is a suitable option for your child.

Your child will take the test in Year 6 of primary school.

The Kent Test dates for 2018 are:

6 September 2018 for children who go to school in Kent
8 September 2018 for children who go to school outside of Kent.

Registrations for the Kent Test closed on 2 July 2018 for children due to start secondary school in September 2019. If you still wish for your child to attend a Kent grammar school please email kent.admissions@kent.gov.uk who will let you know what options are available.


What do the tests look like?
The tests are multiple-choice with a separate answer sheet. They are marked by an automated marking machine.
The first test will be an English and Maths paper and will take 1 hour. Each section will involve a 5 minute practice exercise followed by a 25 minute test. The English section will involve a comprehension exercise as well as some additional questions drawn from a set designed to test literacy skills.
The second test will be a reasoning paper. It will take about 1 hour, including the practice sections and questions. It will contain a verbal reasoning section and a non-verbal reasoning section of roughly the same length. The non-verbal reasoning will be split into short sections, administered and timed individually.
There will also be a writing exercise which will not be marked but may be used by a local headteacher panel as part of the headteacher assessment stage of the process. 40 minutes will be allowed for the writing task, including 10 minutes planning time.

The Kent Test familiarisation booklet gives a description of the different parts of the test and advice on approaching the types of questions asked.

When do I receive my child's results?
If you registered online your results will be sent to you on 11 October 2018 after 4pm. You can also log in to view your child's Kent Test results. If you registered via paper application your Kent Test result will be posted from 11 October 2018 via first class post. If you wish to know your child’s test scores and you did not register online you can contact us direct from 12 October 2018.