Please do contact us at school if you have any questions about the Kent Test and we will happily help you.
Parents will be able to register for the Kent Test online via www.kent.gov.uk/ola. 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.
The test is taken at the beginning of September when your child enters Year 6.
The Kent Test is currently made up of a paper which covers Maths and English, one on Reasoning (verbal, non-verbal and spatial) and a Writing task.
In addition, The Folkestone School for Girls and The Harvey Grammar School for boys runs ‘The Shepway Test’. This is a test developed by CEM at Durham University. The Shepway Test effectively gives students a second chance to show that they are of selective ability.
The Shepway Test is a computer based test which assesses verbal reasoning, non verbal reasoning and mathematics.
Students only have to achieve the required standard on one of the tests in order to be deemed selective. The Shepway test is held at the relevant school and parents must register for this test directly with the grammar school. The test itself is approximately 45 minutes.
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.
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 the Headteacher to discuss your child’s scores and possible appeal, please find out the marks first.
The pass mark may vary from year to year.
Primary school headteachers are provided with the results at the beginning of 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 Writing Task undertaken as part of the Kent Test and a report containing evidence from the 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.
There are only two reasons for being able to take the Kent Tests after the agreed date:
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. OCMAT'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 100 in any of the tests, unless there are specific reasons for a low score (medical etc), are unlikely to be supported at parental appeal.
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.