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Kent Test Update from Kent County Council 

Updated 23/07/2020


The Cabinet Member for Education and Skills today approved plans to delay the Kent Test by around one month as a result of the impact of Covid-19 on schools and pupils. The test will now take place on 15 October for pupils who attend a Kent school and 17 October for all other students. Kent parents will also be offered two additional preferences on their child’s Secondary school application this year, an increase from four to six, to account for the later release of Kent Test results.


While it is expected that the Department of Education will advise that delaying testing is the preferred option, to date no formal guidance has been published. While awaiting clarity from Government is desirable, parents and children require assurances as to what process they can expect, and schools and officers require sufficient time to implement any revised arrangements and ensure school offers can be made by Secondary National Offer Day (1 March 2021).


Meanwhile if you have particular queries that have not been addressed or covered in recent communications please contact in the first instance.


Kent, Bexley  and Medway Tests

Children who were born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 can sit the Kent and Bexley selection tests when they are in Year 6 of primary school. The test covers entry to the grammar schools in Kent and Bexley and is open to all children regardless of where they live.

Kent Test

Registrations for the Kent Test will open on 1 June 2020 and close at midnight on 1 July 2020 for children due to start secondary school in September 2021. The Kent test will take place on Thursday 15 October 2020.

Bexley Test
Information regarding the Bexley Test can be viewed 
here.  All children must be registered online between 1 May and 3 July 2020. The test sessions will take place during the week commencing 2 November. 



Registration for the Medway Test is open from: 1st June to 29th June. You can find more details in their letter to year 5 parents which is available on their website The test will be held in a Medway Test Centre on either Saturday 10, Sunday 11, Saturday 17 or Sunday 18 October 2020 if they go to schools outside of Medway.