About the test

Most primary schools in Bexley hold the test on their own sites. But some use a testing centre, and if your child is at school elsewhere they’ll also be invited to one of those.

There are two papers. One is about English language skills. The other is about maths and problem-solving. You might see these described on practice papers as ‘verbal’, ‘numerical’ and ‘non-verbal reasoning’.

Each paper is under an hour-long, and every section of the paper is timed. 

If your child needs some special arrangements, like large print papers for low vision, talk to their headteacher as soon as registration opens so they can let us know.

What to do if your child misses the test

If your child is ill on the day of the test, or something serious has happened that could affect them (like illness or death in the family), don’t send them in. Tell your child’s headteacher straight away and they can usually make arrangements to test them another time. We’ll usually ask for a medical note or other evidence. But if you send them in any way, we can’t make any allowances after the test.

If your child is taken ill during the test, they won’t have to resit it later. Instead, a review panel will decide whether or not they should go in the selected group.

We won’t arrange resits for children who are late.

How the test is marked

The score your child gets in the exam will be adjusted according to their age and weighted across the whole group. The score they need to get to be able to apply to grammar school will be set based on the number of available school places.

Last year, pupils had to get at least 216 to get through, and the top 180 got over 246.

What to do when you get the results

You’ll get your child’s result on [date]. If they’re in the selected group, you can include Bexley grammar schools in the six preferences you put on their secondary school application.

Headteachers can ask us to take another look at your child’s score, but we don’t agree to any reviews until after the closing date to apply for secondary school. So if you think your child’s score should be reviewed, you should still include grammar schools on your application form and talk to your child’s headteacher.

How grammar school places are filled

The top 180 selected pupils automatically make up the highest priority group for places at their preferred school. The rest of the children who apply will go through each school’s admissions process. They’re all slightly different, but usually, those who live closest get the highest priority. 

You can ask the school about their admissions arrangements, or read our PDF booklet -Admission to secondary schools in Bexley 2022 for more information.

If all the children selected have got places and there are still some to fill, schools will consider children who missed out on a passing score by one mark.

If you have any other questions about selection tests we have a PDF booklet - Selection test leaflet about the test. If you can’t find the answer there, get in touch.