Kent Test (11+) Information
Applying for a secondary school place is one of the most important decisions you will make for your child.
Those parents/children wishing to take the Kent Test (also known as PESE tests or 11+) need to register whilst they are in Year 5 so that the test can be taken in September of Year 6.
Registrations for the Kent Test will open on 1 June 2021 and close at midnight on 1 July 2021 for children due to start secondary school in September 2022.
The score for a successful assessment is different every year. The score depends on the range of results children achieve. If lots of children scored very highly on the test, the pass mark would be higher. If lots of children got very low scores, the pass mark would be lower.
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.
A standardised score of 100 represents an average performance for a child of a given age, with the lowest standardised score normally around 70 and the highest around 140.
Until Kent pupils have taken the tests, it will not be possible to predict the threshold for grammar school. However, it is probable that it will be set using a minimum overall score and a minimum score for a single section.
The Kent Test will take place at the start of Term 1 with all examinations taking place in one day. The format of the tests is as follows:
The Shepway and Dover Tests
As well as registering for the Kent Test you can also register for the Shepway or Dover Test, this gives your child another chance to achieve a place at a grammar school. More details about the application and admissions policies can be found on the schools websites:
The Shepway Tests will take place either at the Harvey or FSG on Saturday 11th September 2021. You will need to complete the online form available from the school’s website or complete an application form and send it directly to the school in order for your child to sit the test.
What will the Shepway Test contain?
The written test consists of the following elements:
- Half an hour of creative writing
The computer test consists of the following elements:
- Vocabulary and understanding of Words
- Non-verbal reasoning