Register to take the Kent Test
28 May 2013
Parents who would like their children to sit this September's
Kent Test (eleven plus), will soon need to register for them to
take part. Registration is open from 3 June to 1 July 2013.
The test is available for any child starting year six in
September 2013 who wishes to apply to go to a Kent grammar school
in September 2014.
Roger Gough, Cabinet Member for Education at Kent County Council
said: "Anyone can register to take the test and we would like to
encourage all parents to consider whether they should put their
children forward to sit it. Most Kent children take the tests in
their own school to help make them feel more at ease. If their
school doesn't administer the tests we arrange for them to take it
at an alternative test centre in the county."
"There are a couple of ways for parents and carers to register.
The easiest is to go online, at www.kent.gov.uk/ola. Last year 90
percent of all test registrations were made online, allowing us to
send out results by e-mail. Alternatively a copy of the
registration form can be downloaded from the KCC website, collected
from your child's Kent primary school or posted to you on request.
Parents are encouraged to seek advice from their child's primary
school as to whether a grammar school might be the right next step
for their child, but ultimately it is a parent's decision. There is
room to name up to four schools in order of preference, so parents
can sit down with their child to decide which schools they might
like to name on their application form making the final preference
decisions, when the outcome of the testing is known.”
Tests for children attending Kent schools will be taken on 11
and 12 September following a practice test in school a few days
beforehand. Children who do not attend a Kent primary school will
take the practice tests on Saturday 7 September and the main tests
on Saturday 14 September at a test centre.
Children will sit maths, verbal reasoning and non-verbal
reasoning papers in a multiple-choice format, along with a written
assignment. The verbal reasoning paper takes 50 minutes and the
non-verbal about 40 minutes. The maths paper and the writing
exercise each take one hour.
Assessment decisions determining whether a child is suitable for
a grammar school or high school will be sent out on Wednesday 16
October 2013, giving parent’s time to complete the common
application form for schools before Wednesday 31 October
Securing a grammar assessment in the Kent test does not guarantee a
child will be offered a grammar school place as schools may be
over-subscribed. By law, schools must offer places in accordance
with their oversubscription criteria and the county council must
offer the highest available preference which may not be a grammar
school. Parents can be assured however that where schools are
unable to offer, there is a right of appeal and often places are
secured through waiting lists.