Kent has one of the highest concentrations of grammar schools left in the country, and in order for a child to be eligible to apply for a place they must have passed the Kent/Medway 11+ Test.
The test is administered by the Kent County Council and applications will need to be made at the end of year 5. The Kent Test is then taken by children aged 10/11 in Year 6 at their primary school who will be progressing onto a secondary or upper school the following September.
If it is decided that your child is to take the Kent Test, and passes, they will be provided with the option of applying to a Kent Grammar School.
Grammar schools can only offer places to children who have passed the Grammar School Assessment (The Kent Test in this case), so it is important for the Kent Test to be taken into careful consideration when choosing your child’s future school options.
Passing the Kent Test however, does not guarantee that your child will be offered a place within a grammar school, as, like mainstream schools, they do often become heavily oversubscribed.
The first test will be an English and Maths paper in multiple-choice format with a separate machine readable (OMR) answer sheet. The English test is the first section. The whole test will take an hour to administer, plus any admin time before formal timing begins. Each sub-test will take 25 minutes, and will be preceded by a five minute practice exercise. Children will be required to stop at the end of the English section and wait for instructions before they start the Maths paper. The English will involve a comprehension exercise plus some additional questions drawn from a set designed to test literacy skills.
The second test will be a Reasoning paper in multiple-choice format. It will take about an hour to administer, including the practice drills and questions. It will contain a verbal reasoning section and a non-verbal reasoning section of roughly the same length, with the verbal reasoning being the first part. The non-verbal reasoning will be split into four short sections, administered and timed individually (as in the previous tests).