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Gravesend and Dartford parents can register children for Kent grammar schools test

PUBLISHED: 15:58 31 May 2013 | UPDATED: 15:58 31 May 2013

Registration to sit this September's Kent Test starts on Monday and remains open until July 1.

The test, the county’s equivalent of the eleven plus, is available for any child starting Year Six who wishes to apply to go to a Kent grammar school in September 2014.

Roger Gough, cabinet member for education at Kent County Council said: “We would like to encourage all parents to consider whether they should put their children forward to sit it. Most children take the tests in their own school to help make them feel more at ease. If their school doesn’t administer the tests we arrange for them to take it at an alternative test centre in the county.”

The test will be taken on September 11 and 12 after a practice run in school a few days beforehand.

It includes maths, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning papers in a multiple-choice format, along with a written assignment.

The verbal reasoning paper takes 50 minutes and the non-verbal about 40 minutes. The maths paper and the writing exercise each take one hour.

Decisions will be sent out on October 16, giving parents time to complete the common application form for schools before October 31.

To find out more visit www.kent.gov.uk/ola.

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