Register for the secondary selection test


Bexley Selection Test 2021

The London Borough of Bexley is planning to deliver the Bexley Selection Test in September 2021 in the usual format we have operated in the past, and as set out in this leaflet. However, in the current climate, with school closures, social distancing requirements and the government advice to remain home unless essential, we reserve the right to alter testing arrangements.

Bexley has four grammar schools: two mixed, one for boys and one for girls.

If you want to apply for your child to get a place at any of them, they have to have taken and passed the secondary selection test. You might remember tests like these being called the ’11 plus’ in the past.

Decide if your child should take the test

The secondary selection process is very competitive, and only about 30% of children get a high enough mark to be able to apply to grammar school. Last year, 5829 pupils sat the test, and 1999 were selected. Getting into this group doesn’t guarantee a grammar school place, but it means grammar schools will look at your child’s application first.

It’s worth chatting with your child to find out how they feel about taking the test, and whether they know that passing is not the be-all and end-all. They’ll get a quality secondary school education in Bexley whatever happens.

Selection test in September 2021 for children transferring to secondary school in September 2022

Children who were born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 can sit the Bexley selection test in September 2021 when they are in Year 6 of primary school.

You must register your child online between Tuesday 4 May and Friday 2 July 2021 in order to sit the test. This includes all children who attend primary schools in Bexley.

The test sessions are planned for week commencing Monday 13 September 2021. All children registered for the test will be invited to one of these sessions, whether in their own school or at a test centre. 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.

A leaflet providing more information relating to this year’s test is available to download.

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

Apply for special arrangements

You can apply for special arrangements if your child has a disability or special need. Please see the special arrangements policy and application form for details about how to apply:

Register for the secondary selection test

We won’t automatically sign up your child to take the test, even if they go to a Bexley primary. You need to register online, and the deadline is usually early in the summer term of year 5.

Registrations for the Bexley Selection Test is now closed.