Kent 11 Plus Exam Format

Background to the 11 Plus Exam in Kent

There are thirty two Grammar Schools in Kent that children will need to take an 11 Plus Exam to get into.

Barton Court Grammar School        Oakwood park Grammar School

Borden Grammar School                  Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School

Chatham House Grammar School  Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys

Clarendon House Grammar School  Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School

Dane Court Grammar School             Sir Roger Manwood’s School

Dartford Grammar School for Girls    The Folkestone School for Girls

Dartford Grammar School                    The Harvey Grammar School

Dover Grammar School for Boys          The Judd School

Dover Grammar School for Girls           The Norton Knatchbull School

Gravesend Grammar School                  The Skinner’s School

Highsted Grammar School                       Tonbridge School

Highworth Grammar School      Tunbridge Wells Girl’s Grammar School

Invicta Grammar School    Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys

Maidstone Grammar School for Girls     Weald of Kent Grammar School

Maidstone Grammar School   Wilmington Grammar School for Boys

Mayfield Grammar School       Wilmington Grammar School for Girls


Kent 11 Plus Exam Format Details

In Kent the Grammar Schools have the same exam. The Exam is written by GL and comprised of two two tests:

  • The first test will be a reasoning paper, including both verbal and non-verbal reasoning, roughly the same length. The non-verbal section will be split into short sections and will be timed individually.
  • The second test is an English and Maths paper. Each section includes a 5 minute practice section followed by a 25 minute test. The English section will include comprehension and a section to test literacy.

Mayfield Grammar School – If pupils have been unsuccessful in the Kent testing procedure, Mayfield Grammar School have their own testing procedure. This assessment includes:

  • A computer based test which will assess verbal ability, numerical reasoning, and non-verbal reasoning.
  • An English paper to assess reading and writing skills, this is not computer based and therefore will be free response.

Preparation for the 11 Plus Exam in Kent

Firstly it is important to understand what preparation options you have and what might be the most suitable route to go down. Go forward to our 11 Plus preparation options page to understand what the options are and to start thinking about which one might be best for you.

If your child is in year three or four currently then you might also find it useful to understand what advice we offer parents who want to start helping their children at this stage.

If your child is in the latter stages of year four or in year five then we offer different advice designed to help families who are closer to the exam date.

If your child is part way through year five or quite close to the exam then we have tried to show how you can use the time you might have available most effectively.