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Selection test in September 2014 for children transferring to secondary school in 2015

Children who were born between 1 September 2003 and 31 August 2004 can sit the Bexley selection test in September 2014 when they are in Year 6 of primary school. Children who are deemed selective can be considered for a place at a grammar school in Bexley.

You must register your child online between 6 May and 13 July 2014 in order to sit the test. This includes all children who attend primary schools in Bexley. The link to the online registration site will be on this page from 6 May.

The test sessions will be on Tuesday 16 or Wednesday 17 September 2014. All registered children who attend a primary school in Bexley will sit the test on the morning of 17 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 16 or 17 September at a secondary school in Bexley.

There will be two test papers containing 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.

You can apply for special arrangements if your child has a disability or special need. The special arrangements policy and application form are available as PDFs under related downloads.

More detailed information about the selection test will be available by Easter. All parents who register their child for the test will be sent a link to practice questions. 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 complete the London Borough of Bexley's Secondary In Year Admission application form listing your preferred schools, or apply directly to the school.

The in year application form can be downloaded from In year admissions. You will be notified of the test arrangements by the grammar schools. 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.

The information on this page relates only to the Bexley selection test. If you need information about tests for entry to schools outside Bexley, you should contact that local authority or school for details.

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

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