The 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.

If you move to Kent after the Kent Test has taken place, or if your child has not been tested and you want to move them from their current school secondary school to a grammar school, please read our information about moving to a different school.

  • Register

    How to register 

    Registration has now closed for the 2014 Kent Test.

    If you missed the deadline please call 03000 41 21 21 or email kent.admissions@kent.gov.uk

    If you move to Kent after the Kent Test has taken place, or if your child has not been tested and you want to move them from their current school secondary school to a grammar school, please read our information about moving to a different school.

  • 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 first test will be a multiple choice English and Maths paper with a separate answer sheet. The English test is the first section. The test will take an 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 multiple choice reasoning paper. It will take about an 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, with the verbal reasoning first. The non-verbal reasoning will be split into four sections, administered and timed individually (as in the previous tests).

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

    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. Forty minutes will be allowed for the writing task, including 10 minutes planning time.

    The Kent Test familiarisation booklet (PDF, 2.7 MB) gives a description of the different parts of the test and advice on approaching the types of questions asked.

  • 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. If your email doesn't appear in your inbox, it may have gone into your junk email folder. 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.

    Test scores are available from your primary school from 17 October 2014. Test scores cannot be given out over the phone.

    If you need further advice, please email the secondary admissions team at kent.admissions@kent.gov.uk, quoting your child's Pupil ID for security purposes.

  • What your score means

    How the scores are set

    The score for a grammar school 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 is set higher. If lots of children get low scores, the pass mark is set lower.

    Marks are adjusted very slightly to allow for each 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. 

    Until Kent pupils have taken the tests, it is not possible to predict the threshold for grammar school in a particular year. However, it is usually set using a minimum overall score and a minimum score for a single section.

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

    2014 Kent Test scores

    Children took two papers, one with an English section and a maths section, and one with different types of reasoning questions. They also completed a piece of writing. Assessments have been based on scores in the English test, the maths test and the reasoning test. There is a single score for the reasoning test, so three test scores overall.

    Scores run from 69 to 141 in the maths and reasoning tests, and from 69 to 138 in the English. 420 is therefore the maximum standardised score any pupil can achieve.

    To be given a grammar school assessment, children needed to get a total score of 320 or more, with no single score lower than 106.

    If they did not reach this score and their primary school referred their case to the local Head Teacher Assessment panel, their written piece will have been looked at, together with information about their achievement in school and examples of their work before a final decision was made.

  • 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.