The Kent Test (eleven plus)
What to do
About the test
Because we have grammar
schools in Kent, children can take a test called the
Kent Test or eleven plus.
It is taken by children at primary school in Year 6 who will be
going to secondary school the following September. If they
pass they can apply to go to a Kent grammar school.
A grammar school can only offer a place to a child who has a
grammar school assessment. Passing the Kent test does not guarantee
your child will be offered a grammar school place as they may
For more information read
our parental guide to the Kent Test process (PDF,
Kent Test papers
- a verbal reasoning paper (50 minutes)
- a non-verbal reasoning paper (40 minutes)
- maths paper (1 hour)
- a writing exercise (1hour).
The answer sheets for all but the writing are multiple-choice
How it's marked
Your child's multiple choice test papers are marked along with
all the others by an automated marking machine.
The pass mark is different every year. We set it depending upon
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, which ensures that a child’s
results are compared with the performance of other children the
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. This year the lowest
standardised score on any paper is 69 and the highest is 141.
2013 test dates
The Kent Test was held on:
Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 September -
Children who attend a Kent primary school.
Saturday 7 September 2013 (practice test) and Saturday
14 September 2013 (actual test) - Children who do
not attend a Kent primary school
Medway, Bexley and Bromley have their own
assessment process and timetable.
Recently moved to Kent?
If you have recently moved to Kent and want more advice about
admission to Year 7 of a grammar school in 2013, please email us
or call 0300 333 6472.
Find out more about the transfer
to secondary school.
Changes to the Kent Test 2014
We are introducing some changes to the Kent Test for 2014 . We
haven't finalised the details yet but the main elements are:
- Pupils will not take practice papers. Instead, practice
exercises will be incorporated into the main papers.
- There will be 2 main tests: 1 assessing reasoning ability and 1
assessing literacy and numeracy. There will be scope to vary the
exercises within the tests to keep the format fresh.
- All tests will be in multiple-choice format and will be
standardised against the performance of a national sample.
- All candidates will complete a writing task under test
conditions, which happens currently. This will not be marked, but
will be available to local headteacher panels that can look at
borderline cases at the request of the primary school. The new
writing task will be shorter than at present, so that all the
assignments can be completed on 1 day.
We'll give you more information in May 2014 so you've got time
to decide whether to apply by the June deadline.
Read the press release about changes to
the Kent Test.