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Davington Primary School

Faversham, Kent

Kent Grammar School Tests 2021

Transfer to Secondary School 2021 – Kent Grammar School Tests

Registration for children due to start secondary school in September 2021 closed at midnight on 1 July 2020.

Those starting secondary school in September 2022 can register for the Kent Test from 1 June 2021.

You can register for the Kent Test between 1 June 2021 and 1 July 2021.

Testing is normally done in the Autumn Term.  KCC will continue to monitor whether any adjustments are required to the Kent Test process this year in light of COVID-19. Please register as usual if you would like your child to be considered for a place at Kent grammar school in September 2022.

The Kent Test:

  • 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.
  • The Kent Test familiarisation booklet (PDF, 967.4 KB) gives a description of the different parts of the test and advice on approaching the types of questions asked.

If you need further advice, please email the secondary admissions team at kent.admissions@kent.gov.uk, quoting your child's Pupil ID for security purposes.

CAT Tests

Children in Year 5 sit CAT tests each year. We use the results from these as an indication of how well a child may do in the Kent Tests. As soon as we have the results for your child we will send these home with an explanatory letter and will offer one evening after school when you may book an appointment to discuss these with your child’s class teacher. We will not be offering everyone an appointment, as some parents will have already made their decision about the Kent Test or do not want their child to sit the test. Further information about the date, time and appointment booking process will be sent to you shortly.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything we can do to assist you in this process.  I shall, of course, keep you updated with any information I receive regarding this process.