Kent Test (11+)
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Your child will take the test in year 6 of primary school.
The Kent Test dates for 2021 are:
9th September 2021 for children who go to school in Kent.
Registrations for the Kent Test opens 1 June 2021 and closes midnight 1 July 2021 for children due to start secondary school in September 2022.
Secondary Admissions Team – 03000 412121
If you move to Kent after the Kent Test has taken place, or if your child has not been tested and you want to move them from their current secondary school to a grammar school, please read our information about moving to a different school.
If you live outside of Kent
Every year, a large number of children who live outside Kent register to take the test but do not turn up on the day. This wastes time and resources, so please consider the following before you decide to register.
The test is only valid for Kent grammar schools.
Medway Council has its own Medway Test and London Borough of Bexley has its own Bexley selection test.
Many children will find the test difficult.
Grammar schools in Kent provide for children in about the top 25% of the ability range. In addition, some of Kent’s grammar schools – particularly those which are most likely to offer places to children from outside Kent – give priority to those with the highest scores. You may want to discuss your child’s academic achievement with their primary school before you decide whether to register them for the Kent Test.
Passing the Kent Test does not guarantee your child a place in a Kent grammar school.
Make sure you know where the Kent grammar schools are, and what the admissions criteria are for the school(s) you are interested in. You can search for Kent grammar schools with our Kent Schools search.
Consider how likely your child is to be offered a place there, and how they would get to that school if a place was offered. If you will need help with the cost of transport from home to school, check if your child is eligible for free school transport.
School admissions are co-ordinated between local authorities.
Even if your child qualifies for admission to a grammar school in more than one area, all your preferred schools must be listed on your home local authority’s application form, and you will not be offered more than one school place. Independent schools have their own admissions processes.
If your child is disabled or had special educational needs
If your child has a disability or special educational need that may affect the way they access the test, you need to discuss this with your current school’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) as soon as possible. Any proposal for alternative access requirements must be made by the school.
When you register your child for the Kent Test online, you will need to confirm if you have discussed a request for access arrangements with your child’s school.