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Selection tests

Selection test in September 2016 for children transferring to secondary school in September 2017.

Children who were born between 1 September 2005 and 31 August 2006 can sit the Bexley selection test in September 2016 when they are in Year 6 of primary school. The test covers entry to the four grammar schools in Bexley and is open to all children regardless of where they live. There is an information leaflet for parents in related downloads, which you should read before registering your child for the test. The registration for the Bexley selection tests has now closed.

The test sessions will be on Tuesday 20 or Wednesday 21 September 2016. All registered children who attend a primary school in Bexley will sit the test on the morning of 21 September, either in their own school or in a test centre. All other children will be invited to one morning or afternoon test session on either 20 or 21 September at a secondary school in Bexley.

If you have registered your child for a selection test in another area and the other test date is on 20 or 21 September, we will allocate a different session if you let us know by emailing by 15 July 2016. We will not allocate alternative sessions after 15 July.

The Bexley test consists of two test papers with a mixture of questions on verbal reasoning and comprehension, non verbal reasoning and mathematical reasoning. Each paper will be divided into timed sections, and instructions will be given on an audio soundtrack. Most questions are multiple choice, and all answers are marked on a separate machine-readable answer sheet. There will be a short break between the two test papers.

All parents who register their child for the test will be sent a link to practice questions and a familiarisation booklet. The test provider, CEM, does not sell past papers or practice books.

Selection tests for children already at secondary school

Children can be admitted to grammar schools in Bexley after the start of Year 7 if vacancies arise because, for example, other children leave the school. If you would like to apply for a place at a grammar school in Bexley for your child, you should apply directly to the school.

The tests are not the same as those taken by children in the last year of primary school.

If your child is deemed selective but a place is not available at your preferred school, you will be able to request that he or she is placed on the waiting list for a place. Being deemed selective does not guarantee that a place will be offered.

For further information regarding the in year selection tests, please view the grammar school websites.

You can also email with questions not answered on this page.

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