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Whitstable Junior School

Whitstable Junior School

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Kent Test Information

Kent Test Information

How do I register my child for the Kent test?

In the summer term, children in Year 5 sit CAT tests (Cognitive Abilities Test). The CAT tests are multiple-choice and are carried out online. These scores are used to give some indication of each child's potential outcome if they were to sit the Kent Test.

After these CAT tests have been carried out, each parent will be invited to a parent consultation evening where these scores will be discussed. These scores, alongside their attainment in school, will help you to decide if you wish to register your child with Kent County Council to take the Kent Test in Term 1 of Year 6.

The deadline for parents to register is usually the beginning of July and Kent encourages parents to use their online system to do this.

You can apply for your child to take the Kent Test at kent.admissions@kent.gov.uk .Once you have made the decision to enter your child then please let the office know for our records. Please be aware that this is not something that the school can do, however we can assist you in how and when to apply.

The Kent admissions team, only accept applications for Special Arrangements from the school, but parents are advised to speak with the school SENCo before registration if they think their child may not be able to access the tests without special arrangements. You should then tick an indication that you have done this when you submit your registration.

In some cases, the school may feel it necessary to apply for special arrangements without being asked to by yourselves, if this is the case, you will be informed by the school of the outcome before the test is sat.

Typically around 50% of our Year 6 will sit the test and approximately 25 - 30% will achieve selective scores and be considered for grammar school admission.

The Kent Test is usually completed by the year 6 children during the first Thursday of term 1.