Registration closed at midnight on 1 July 2020 for children due to start secondary school in September 2021.
The Kent Test 2020 will now take place on:
Due to the changes in the Kent Test process as a result of COVID-19, we are expecting to release results by 26 November. Parents should be aware that this date is subject to change, but we will keep you informed of any adjustments that are required.
Where parents registered online, Kent will email your child’s Kent Test result to you after 4pm on result day (the delivery time will depend on your email service provider). You will also be able to login to view your child's Kent Test result and test scores after 5pm.
If you did not register online and Kent do not have a valid email address for you, the Kent Test result can only be sent by letter.
If possible, they will post your child’s result to you on results day by first class post. You can ask us for their test scores the day after results go out.
Choosing a Secondary School
Applications for the secondary school intake of 2021 open in September 2020.
This year Kent parents will be able to name up to 6 secondary school preferences, an increase from 4, to account for the fact that they will not know their child’s Kent Test result before applications need to be submitted on 2 November 2020.
We will provide advice to all parents during the application window to ensure they can make the best use of these preferences, however, the following advice will still apply:
If your child is assessed as suitable for grammar school, any Kent grammar school you apply for will consider your application, but this does not guarantee your child will be offered a place. If more children qualify for places than it has space for, the school must use its admissions criteria to decide which children to offer places to. If your child is not offered a place at a grammar school because it is full you can put their name on the school's school's waiting list. You can also appeal to explain why you think the school should admit your child even though it is full.
If your child was not tested or was not assessed as suitable for a Kent grammar school, you can still apply for a Kent grammar school but your application will be turned down. You will then have the right to appeal to explain why you think grammar school is a suitable option for your child.
What does the score mean?
Your child will get 3 standardised scores, one for English, one for Maths and one for Reasoning, and a total (aggregate) score.
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 account of each child's age so that the youngest are not at a disadvantage.
To be given a grammar school assessment, children needed a total score of 330 or more, with no single score lower than 110. The lowest possible score on the different tests is 69 or 70. The highest score on each test is 141, so the highest possible total score is 423.
If your child did not reach the threshold score and their primary school referred their case to the local Head Teacher Assessment Panel, the panel will have looked at their achievement in school and examples of their work, including the writing task completed on the day, before a final decision was made.