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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. To find further details of the Kent Test please click here to be directed to the Kent County Council, Kent Test page on the KCC website. Registration for the Kent Test will close on 3rd July 2017. By post:

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 7th September 2017.
  • If your child goes to school outside of Kent they will sit the test on 9th September 2017.

The Tests

The tests are multiple-choice with a separate answer sheet. They are marked by an automated marking machine.

The first test will be an English and Maths paper and will take 1 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 reasoning paper. It will take about 1 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. The non-verbal reasoning will be split into short sections, administered and timed individually.

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

Click here to download a ‘Familiarisation Booklet’.

On the 12th October 2017 the Kent Test (11+) assessment decisions will be sent to parents of those children who took the test.

The Kent Test Page on the KCC website gives further details of when you will receive your results, what the scores mean and how you can apply for a Kent Grammar School when you apply for your secondary school place.

The Kent Test page (under the “Apply for Grammar School” tab) does explain that 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.

You must apply for a secondary school place for your child to start year 7 at secondary school. You will need to do this when your child is in Year 6 at primary school.

Applications for children due to start secondary school in September 2017 open 1st September 2017 and close on 31st October 2017.

Secondary Schools will hold open evenings and parents can apply online for a secondary place at www.kent.gov.uk/ola or fill in and return an application form by the 31st October 2017.

Further information can be found in the downloadable leaflets:

To find out further details please click here to be directed to the Kent County Council Secondary School Places site.