The Kent Test

If you want to apply for a 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.

We're making some changes to the Kent Test this year. This means that some of the details on this page may change. You can find out more about these changes in May 2014.

  • Register


    How to register 

    You can register when your child is in year 5 at primary school.

    Register online between 2 June and 1 July 2014 if your child is due to start secondary school in September 2015.

    By post:

    • Download a Kent Test registration form (available from 2 June 2014)
    • call 03000 41 21 21 or email to request a form

    Children with special educational needs

    If your child has special educational needs, you must tell your child's primary school if you plan to register for the Kent Test. We will ask you to confirm this when you apply.

    The school will work with us to decide if alternative test arrangements need to be made for your child. This might include rest breaks, additional time or putting the test questions into a different format.

    If we cannot make the test accessible, a local headteacher panel will use your child's school work and achievements to make the assessment. 

  • Test dates


    Your child will take the test in year 6 at primary school.

    If your child already goes to school in Kent they will sit the test on 10 September 2014.

    If your child goes to school outside of Kent they will sit the test on 13 September 2014.

  • Test paper


    The test has:

    • a reasoning paper (multiple choice)
    • a literacy and numeracy paper (multiple choice)
    • a written exercise.

    The multiple choice test papers are marked by an automated marking machine.

    The written test will not be marked, but may be used by a local headteacher panel to review borderline cases. 

  • Results day


    If you registered online we’ll email you the results after 4pm on 15 October 2014. We cannot guarantee the exact time you'll receive your email, this will depend on your email service provider. We’ll also send you the results by first-class post on 15 October 2014.

    If you registered by post we’ll send you the results by first-class post on 15 October 2014

  • What your score means

    The score for a successful assessment is different every year. We set it depending on the range of results children achieve. If lots of children scored very highly on the test, the pass mark would be higher. If lots of children got very low scores, the pass mark would be lower.

    The pass mark is adjusted very slightly to allow for a child's age when they take the test. This is done through a statistical process called standardisation, to make sure that a child’s results are compared with the performance of other children the same age.

    A standardised score of 100 represents an average performance for a child of a given age, with the lowest standardised score normally around 70 and the highest around 140. 

    You can’t appeal against your child’s Kent Test results. 

  • Apply for grammar school

    You can name your preferred grammar school/s when you apply for a secondary school place.

    If your child took the test and was successfully grammar school assessed, the school will consider your application. However, this does not guarantee your child will be offered a place. If more children qualify for places than the number of places available, the school will use its admissions criteria to decide which children to offer places to. If you are not offered a place at a grammar school you can appeal to explain why you think grammar school is a suitable option for your child.

    If your child was not successfully grammar school assessed or did not take the test, the school will turn down your application, and you'll be offered a different school. You have the right to appeal to explain why you think grammar school is a suitable option for your child.