Testing

Your child's score
Your child will get three standardised scores, 1 for English, 1 for maths and 1 for reasoning.
Standardisation is a statistical process which compares your child's performance with the average performance of other children in each test. A slight adjustment is made to take into account each child's age, so that the youngest are not at a disadvantage.
The score ranges for 2016 will be published later this year.

To be given a grammar school assessment, children need to get a total score of 320 or more, with no single score lower than 106.
If they did not reach this score and their primary school referred their case to the local Head Teacher Assessment panel, their written piece will have been looked at, together with information about their achievement in school and examples of their work before a final decision was made.

The Kent Test
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.

Your child will take the test in year 6 of primary school.
The Kent Test dates for 2018 will be:
6th September 2018 for children who go to school in Kent.
8th September 2018 for children who go to school outside of Kent.
You must register before 1 July 2018. Registration opens on June 1st 2018.

Applications for secondary schools will open in early September 2018 and close on 31 October.

The Kent Test Papers:
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.
If your child took the test and was assessed as suitable for grammar school, any Kent grammar school you apply for will consider your application. However, this does not guarantee your child will be offered a place. If more children qualify for places than it has spaces for, 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 because it is full you can put your child's name on the school's waiting list. You can also appeal to explain why you think the school should admit your child even though it is full.
The results for the 2018 Kent Test will be sent out on 13th October 2018.
You can get your results:
Email: If you registered online they will email your results after 4pm. They cannot guarantee the exact time you will receive your email, this will depend on your email service provider.

Online: You can log in after 5pm to view your results and scores online.


Post: Results will be sent out by first class post on 13 October 2018.

Primary school: Test scores are available from your primary school from 14 October 2018.

They cannot give out test scores over the phone.

You cannot appeal against your child's Kent Test results.
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