Information for parents
The selection test papers
The Bexley test covers verbal ability and English comprehension, numerical reasoning, and non-verbal reasoning. There are two test papers, with a mixture of questions in each. Verbal ability tests vocabulary, comprehension, and verbal reasoning. Numerical reasoning tests the ability to solve mathematical problems. Non-verbal reasoning tests the ability to see how objects relate to each other and to make logical deductions. The mathematical content of the questions will not go beyond what children are expected to have been taught by the end of Year 5. The new test provider for the Bexley Selection Test is GL Assessment, and whilst they also provide the Kent selection test, these are separate tests and being deemed selective in the Kent test or any other selective test will not be considered for the Bexley Selection Test.
The test is in two separate booklets, one covering verbal skills and the other covering non-verbal and mathematical skills. Both tests are timed and consist of multiple-choice questions. Each test paper contains approximately 50 minutes of questions, plus some time for instructions and practice questions. Each test will be divided into sections, and children will be given an allocation of time for each section, before being asked to move on to the next section. The invigilator will lead children through the test papers and tell them how much time to spend on each section. All working out can be done on the test booklet and rough paper will not be supplied. The test papers are marked by an external company. The raw scores (the number of correct answers in each section) are converted to an age-standardised score to make allowance for the child’s age at the time of the test and to ensure that younger children are not disadvantaged. Children will be given a separate age-standardised score for each of the three subject areas, verbal ability, numerical ability, and non-verbal ability, and one total age-standardised score that will be used to decide whether the child is selective or not. The total score is weighted, by adding 50% of the verbal ability score, 25% of the numerical ability score and 25% of the non-verbal ability score. The mean (average) total weighted age-standardised score is 200; approximately two-thirds of candidates will achieve a score within the range of 170 to 230.
Registering for the test
During the registration process, it is your responsibility to register your child online. This includes all children who attend primary schools in Bexley. If you have any difficulty registering online, you can phone the School Admissions Team on 020 8303 7777 or email email@example.com for assistance. Internet access is available in all public libraries if you do not have a computer at home. If you do not have your own email address, we suggest that you create one with a free provider such as Google, Yahoo or Hotmail. Contact the School Admissions Team if you need advice on how to create an email address. The online registration site will open on 1 May 2024 and close at midnight on 31 May 2024. Registration requests received after this date will not be accepted, and there is no appeal process for late registration. Online applications will be acknowledged with a confirmation email, and your application will not be valid without the confirmation. The Bexley Selection Test is extremely competitive, and in recent years, around 30% of applicants who registered to sit the test have been deemed selective. Every year, some children are registered for the test but withdraw at short notice. To avoid unnecessary costs, please be sure that you wish your child to sit the Bexley selection test and that you have already discussed this with your child before submitting the online registration form.
If you make an error in your registration or have a query regarding it, please do not create multiple applications, instead please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and wait for a response.
The test arrangements described on this page apply only to entry to one of the four grammar schools within the London Borough of Bexley. There are separate arrangements for entry to grammar schools in other areas, and you should contact those schools or authorities directly. Registration for tests in other areas will not be accepted as registration for the Bexley test.