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Kent Test

Kent Test


The Kent Test is also known as the 11+ and the PESE test (Procedure for Entry into Secondary Education), If you wish your child to attend a grammar school in Year 7 you must register for the test. This test is used to assess whether a grammar school education is a suitable option for your child. A familiarisation test can be found here, if you want to know what it is like.


For those parents who are considering entering their child for the Kent Test, we have provided you with an over view of the process so that you are aware of the various requirements placed upon all involved. Here is the 2019/20 leaflet from KCC, this year they did not provide a leaflet but the information is on line here.




Parents will be able to register for the Kent Test online via the Kent Website If you register online and provide a valid e-mail address, you will receive your child’s assessment decision via e-mail on the published date. Please be aware that postal results can be delayed. 


Due to Covid there are slightly different arrangements this year - see here for county guidelines.


The tests which consist of,  Reasoning Tests, (verbal, spatial and non verbal) and an English and Maths test,  is generally taken at the beginning of September when your child enters Year 6.   This year it was delayed until October.


Online registration for the Kent Test (for children due to start secondary school in Sept 2021) will take place from 1st June to 1st July  2021




When results are sent out to parents, they will simply confirm whether the child has passed the Kent tests or not. Further details will be supplied to the primary school, who will confirm the exact scores in a letter to parents.


This year the results will be sent out after 4pm on the 26th November 2020.




Those who consider appealing, please be aware that you cannot appeal until you are allocated a school. If you wish to contact the school to arrange a meeting with a member of the senior leadership to discuss your child’s scores and possible appeal, please find out the marks first.


The pass mark may vary from year to year.


Headteacher Assessment


Primary school headteachers are provided with the results in October. They have the right to apply for a 'Headteacher Assessment' (often called Headteacher Appeal) for children who have not reached the pass standard. This is carried out on a confidential basis without parents being informed. A panel of headteachers consider a selection of work submitted by the primary school, the Written Paper taken as part of the Kent Test and a report containing evidence from the Primary school headteacher.


If the child is successful in the headteacher assessment, then the decision is regarded as a pass on an equal footing with those who gained automatic selection through test results. This means that the child is found selective and this decision is recognised at all Kent grammar schools.


Taking the Kent Test after the due date:


Please note, there are only two reasons for being able to take the Kent Tests after the agreed date:


  1. Your child is ill for one or both tests and this is confirmed by a Doctor’s letter;
  2. You move into Kent after 1 July and submit your SCAF by the advertised date in December.


If either of these reasons apply, you will have to wait until April and submit an application to individual schools through the in-year Admissions process who will arrange testing. Contact KCC admissions to confirm process.


Schools will offer some or all of their places to the highest scoring applicants. You need to read the oversubscription criteria for each school to determine the rules for each one.


Depending on the school, the pass mark may only be determined by the scores of those applying and will become public when decisions are announced.




Appeals will be considered on an individual basis and should be discussed with your Headteacher. The Village Academy’s criteria for appealing for a Secondary School place will be considered on an individual basis. Please be aware that not all appeals may be able to be supported by the school and will be discussed with you at the initial meeting. As a general guide, children with scores below 105 in any of the tests (unless there are specific reasons for a low score (medical etc) are unlikely to be supported at parental appeal.


It is very important that you make the school aware of any potential issues before or at the time of the test that may have an impact upon your child’s scores. These may include bereavement, Family illness, family break up, child’s illness or any other unusual or disturbing circumstances.


Appeal dates, times and locations should be communicated to the school as soon as they are received.


We hope this gives you some insight into the Kent Test Process.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Headteacher who will be happy to help.