The Kent Test (eleven plus)
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
Register below or read
our parental guide to the Kent Test process (PDF,
Register for the September 2013 test
You can register between 3 June and 1 July 2013.
Send completed forms by 1 July to:
Secondary Admissions Team
Kent County Council
If you would like your postal registration
acknowledged please enclose a stamped addressed
2013 Test dates
Children who do attend a Kent primary
Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 September
Children who do not attend a Kent primary
Saturday 7 September 2013 (practice test) and Saturday 14 September
2013 (actual test)
Medway, Bexley and Bromley have their own
assessment process and timetable.
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
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.
How is the test marked?
Your child's multiple choice test papers are marked along with
all the others by an automated marking machine.
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.