Registration for the Kent Test for children due to start secondary school in September 2023 will open on Wednesday 1 June 2022 and close at midnight on Friday 1 July 2022. Late registrations cannot be accepted.
This year's Kent Test is on Thursday 8 September 2022 for pupils in Kent primary schools, and on Saturday 10 September for other pupils.
Children currently in Year 5 who were born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 can take the 2022 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.
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.
The test is only valid for Kent grammar schools.
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.
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.