Kent Test Information

Letter to parents of Year 5 pupils - May 2021

About the Kent Test

The Kent test involves two papers in multiple choice format, with a separate answer sheet.

The first test will be an English and Maths paper, 1 hour long split into two sections. The first section is English and the second section is Maths. Each section has a 5 minute practice exercise and a 25-minute test.

The English section will involve a comprehension exercise and additional questions to test literacy skills. For example, questions containing a sentence with a word missing or questions asking you to spot the mistake in a sentence.

The Maths test will contain questions covering topics taught up to the start of Year 6. A small number of questions might be a little more difficult.

Second test is a reasoning paper, which has three sections:

  • Verbal reasoning (ability to think using words and symbols).
  • Non-verbal reasoning (the ability to think about the relationship between shapes and patterns).
  • Spatial reasoning (how well you can manipulate shapes and space in your head).

The Verbal reasoning section consists of a 10 minute practice test and 20 minutes test.

The Non-verbal and Spatial reasoning sections are divided into smaller timed subtests taking 4-5 minutes each.

There is then a Writing exercise of 40 minutes, which includes 10 minutes of planning time.  This will only be marked when looking at borderline cases, and Headteacher appeals.



January 2024 (Date tbc)

We will provide further information in regard to Secondary/Grammar selection and Kent Test registration

FEBRUARY 5TH AND 6TH 2024 Year 5 CATS Testing to be undertaken with results reported to parents in the proceeding weeks
MAY 2024 (DATE TBC) Parent Consultations with Year 5 class teachers
between 1 June and midnight on 1 July 2024

Kent Test Registration Window - completed online by parents *

September 2024 (DATE TBC) Kent Test administered to pupils
October 2024 Results Date - sent to parents by KCC


* Alternatively, you can request a paper registration form by contacting the Secondary Admissions Team on 03000 41 21 21 or via e-mail at or you can visit to print off a blank form which you can complete and return to us by post, enclosing SAE if you would like your postal registration acknowledged.



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